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Tour de France timekeepers star at Christie’s Watches Online’s latest auction

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The New York-based Christie’s Watches Online’s latest auction, titled A New Decade of Time, is running right now with bidding closing on March 10.

The sale has over 200 lots spanning vintage to contemporary with bids beginning at $1,000 and going up to $80,000.

Highlights include an A. Lange & Söhne, Lange 1 Tourbillon ($60,000 – 80,000), the highly desirable Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3800/1 ($35,000 – 50,000), and the collector pursued W-serial numbered Rolex, “Zenith”, Daytona Ref. 16520 with its lightly developing “tropical” style “Patrizzi” sub-registers ($20,000 – 40,000).

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Vintage enthusiasts may prefer the ultra-rare gold Vacheron Constantin Turnograph Ref. 6782 ($12,000 – 18,000), from a production of only 100 pieces.

Additionally, this sale offers a comprehensive selection of ladies’ timepieces spanning brands such as Breguet, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, Omega, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Also featured in the sale is a paired lot of Longines, Two Split Second Chronograph Pocket Watches (pictured top), previously owned and used by Jean Pitallier the official timer of the Tour de France through the 1970’s, ref. 7411 & ref. 8350 ($8,000-10,000).

Accompanying the two watches are a trove of archival materials including chronometer papers, contracts, instructions, speeches, private correspondences, and results.

A. Lange & Söhne, Lange 1 Tourbillon (estimate $60,000 – 80,000).
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3800/1 (estimate $35,000 – 50,000).
W-serial numbered Rolex, “Zenith”, Daytona Ref. 16520 with its lightly developing “tropical” style “Patrizzi” sub-registers (estimate $20,000 – 40,000).
Ultra-rare gold Vacheron Constantin Turnograph Ref. 6782 ($12,000 – 18,000), from a production of only 100 pieces.

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