Exclusive Watches at Sale of Important Watches in Geneva

Nov 09, 2009
The Sale of Important Watches to be conducted by the art auction house Sotheby’s is scheduled for Sunday, 15th November, 2009. The event will take place at 8.00 pm at the Hotel Beau Rivage, in Geneva.

This season the action will present 226 exclusive lots. The list boasts a yellow gold chronometer pocket watch, manufactured for the Emperor of Ethiopia in 1893, the Negus Watch, as well as a gold dress watch, produced in 1918 to pay tribute to the accomplishments of the American Red Cross.

According to Geoffroy Ader, the European Head of Watches and auctioneer for the sale, the exclusive watches, brought together from all over Europe, will undoubtedly seduce the most discerning collectors. Geoffroy Ader also mentioned that the auction management was extremely proud to unveil a wide spectrum of timepieces, ranging from watches, created in 18th and 19th centuries, to Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin exceptional products, including perpetual calendars, chronographs and minute repeaters.

Some of the eminent complicated watches from Patek Philippe will definitely become eye-catchers of the event. A Fine and Extremely Rare Pink Gold Perpetual Calendar Ref. 1526R watch happens to be a particular highlight in the section. This model, representing a unique alliance of a pink gold case and pink dial, was launched to the market as a limited series of less than ten pieces. Moreover, it is the first time this watch will be put up for an auction.

Another model, manufactured by the brand in 1984, is a Fine and Rare Ref. 18K Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 2499/100J. Produced in limited edition for the renowned retailer Beyer in Zurich, this timepiece belongs to the 4th series. It is offered in a presentation box and accompanied by the original certificate.

Produced in 1947 and proposed in the original presentation case, a Fine and Rare Yellow Gold Split Seconds Chronograph Ref. 1436J, also joins the lineup of marvelous watches, Patek Phillipe introduces at the auction.

The Rare and Unique Gilt-Brass Solar-Powered Desk Clock with Cloisonne Enamel Scene “Ville de Geneve” represents an eloquent testament to the skills of the brand’s craftsmen. It was the famous enameller Madame Luce Chappaz, who embellished this timepiece with the amazing “Ville de Geneve” scene. A number of other solar clocks, manufactured by Patek Phillipe, also feature this outstanding master’s works, such as “La Dame a la Licorne” and “La Camargue”.

The exceptional pieces from Vacheron Constantin, including two very fine and rare models from a private assemblage, will also be in prime focus. Produced in 1953, the intriguing Large 18K Yellow Gold Cushion Form Triple Calendar Ref. 4764 with Moon Phases, was also called "Cioccolatone". Launched in the 1950s, this model was available in various interpretations.

Mostly sculptured in yellow gold, it was animated either by a mechanical or self-winding movement. The model case housed a “time only” dial. As to the watch in question, it was equipped with a triple calendar and moon phases. Now it is regarded as one of the brand’s most popular vintage timekeepers.

The Fine and Very Rare Flat 18K Pink Gold Minute Repeater Ref. 4261 happens to be the most attractive lot in this section. Demonstrating the highest degree of excellence, it successfully went through the time.

The auction also welcomes the “Negus Watch”, a historical pocket timepiece, manufactured especially for Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II (1844 – 1913). This timepiece was presented to Leon Chefneux as a tribute to an active part he took in the construction of Ethiopia's first railway line. The inside of this watch reveals a memorable inscription, “Don de Sa Majeste Menelik II Empereur d'Ethiopie”. Rendered in 18K yellow gold, this rare chronometer pocket watch is fitted with a detent escapement, executed by Lattes.

The timepiece case embraces a white enamel dial. It exhibits a blue and white enamel embellishment, Ethiopian polychrome symbols, used in place of hour markers, subsidiary seconds, a white enamel replacement dial, as well as a back cover, suggestive of the monarch’s crown. Paved with rubies and diamonds, the model is offered in its presentation case and accompanied by the original First Class Geneva Observatory Certificate.

Also highlighting this sale is “The Red Cross Watch “. It was sold to Henry P. Davison in recognition of the American Red Cross’ great accomplishments during the war. Created by Cartier in 1918, this splendid watch is sculptured in 18k yellow gold and equipped with the minute repeater.

The auction will also enjoy watches, created especially for the Chinese market. They embrace a Rare Gold and Enamel Verge Watch, conceived and produced in 1765 after Boucher’s painting “Pensent-ils au raisin” and a Gold and Enamel Quarter Repeating A Toc Verge Watch With Enamel Scene by Teniers, signed Dailly, No. 690, which was given birth in 1775.

Both masterpieces were developed when the Emperor of China and his court were irresistibly attracted to European mechanical innovations and decorative timepieces, whereas Europe was enchanted by Chinese works of art.

Produced by 1800, the pattern of the Oriental market timepiece was fitted with duplex or cylinder escapement. Its movement generously exposed the chased flowers and geometric ornaments.

The Exceptional Gold, Enamel and Pearl Set Watch, intentionally created for the Chinese Market in 1800, is also presented in this very section.

The last but not the least is an Exceptional Gold and Hard Stone Center Seconds Octagonal Watch set with Pearls. It was developed for Chinese Market in 1800 and numbered 5983. The model movement bears the signature of William Ilbery, a famous watchmaker, who manufactured timekeepers for the Chinese market.

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