Antiquorum is set to hold its autumn auction of Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces next month in Geneva, showcasing 613 lots.
The auction will take place at the Mandarin Oriental in the city, and it set to feature timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, as well as a fascinating ladies’ fan, set with a concealed watch.
Previews of the sale are being held in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Geneva before it takes place on Sunday November 11.
The leading timepieces in the sale include a rare Rolex Single Red Prototype, Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner – of which just six were made – and a series of Patek Philippe timepieces including a Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph.
The sale will also include an unusual and fascinating lot – a Royal-owned musical fan with a concealed watch, a gift from Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Vicomte de Morais, attributed to Piguet & Capt, Geneva, made circa 1810.
The fan features enamelling and pearls, as well as gold details, and has a concealed watch and visible rose-diamond-set balance. The fan itself is painted in watercolour and gold. It is thought to be just one of three known to exist with both a watch and a music box, and has an estimate of between CHF300,000 to 500,000 (£200,510 to £334,170).
Evan Zimmermann, president and chief executive of Antiquorum, said: “It’s exciting to come across rare and special lots such as the Prototype Rolex Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner and the Royal Presentation Fan, and we are proud to present them at Antiquorum’s auction.
“Items of such horological and historical importance along with a series of Patek Philippe and other very fine timepieces are sure to make this an outstanding event.”
Among the Patek Philippe timepieces up for auction is a Patek Philippe Ref.1518, First Series, made in 1951. This rare 18ct yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph has a moonphase and is sold with an extract from the archives. It has a guide price of CHF 200,000 to 300,000 (£133,636 to £200,510).
The Patek Philippe Ref. 703 Piece Unique – Pendulette Dome The Goddess of the Sun & the Moon, made in 1956, will also be presented at the auction. It was originally give as the prize for the Dragon Gold Cup in 1956, and is the earliest known Patek Philippe enamel solar clock at auction and one of the first ever made in cloisonné enamel by Michel Deville. It has a top estimate of CHF80,000 (£53,456).
Another highlight of the sale will be lot 273, an Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronometer, a platinum chronometer wristwatch with an enamelled dial and power reserve indication made in 2010.
This is the first time that the timepiece has been offered at auction. It won the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie in 2009 in the men’s watches category and will be sold with a large fitted box, original certificate of warranty, instruction booklet and COSC certificate. It also has a top estimate of CHF80,000 (£53,456).