Specialist timepiece auction house Antiquorum is set to host its Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces auction on April 25, with a stellar line-up of Patek Philippe timepieces set to draw collectors and enthusiasts to the bidding.
The auction will take places at Antiquorum’s American headquarters on Madison Avenue in New York and will include a Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 in platinum and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5013 in yellow gold, with previews of the timepieces set to be hosted in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei.
The Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 in platinum has already been dubbed the highlight of the auction. At present it belongs to a “focused long-term collector”, and is said to have been “fastidiously well maintained and looked after”.
The 1992 timepieces is “an extremely rare, astronomic, minute repeating, self-winding, platinum wristwatch with perpetual calendar, leap year indication and moon phases”.
It is stamped with the hallmark of the famous case maker Jean-Pierre Hagmann and is accompanied by the original Patek Philippe mahogany fitted box, spare platinum case back, its certificate of origin, setting pin and booklets.
It has an estimated sale price of between $600,000 to $800,000 (£373,961 to £498,628).
Other Patek Philippe timepieces featured in the auction include a tonneau-shaped Patek Philippe Ref. 5013 self-wining minute repeater in yellow gold, estimated to sell between $300,000 to $400,000 (£186,976 to £249,301) and a Patek Philippe Ref. 2438, a timepiece made circa 1958 with centrally-placed seconds, perpetual calendar and moon phases in an 18ct yellow gold case, with an upper estimate of $300,000 (£186,976).
A Ten Day Tourbillon in pink gold, from 2010, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5050 with Roman dial in white gold are described as “not to be missed”, while a 1975 Rolex Cosmograph and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel Automatique are listed as highlights.
The auction will take place on April 25, with previews before.