The forthcoming event in New York in the organization of the famous auction house Sotheby’s, will be a good opportunity to acquire some of the rarest and the most amazing timepieces. The Important Watches & Clocks sale, scheduled for December 6, will present exceptional pieces, with the oldest among them dating way back to the 18th century. The astonishing offer will feature recently found Patek Philippe Heure Universelle (Ref. No 96 HU) timepiece, one of the first watches ever that was made with a world time function. Apart from this legendary watch which is expected to reach the price of around half million dollars, the auction will include more iconic products by the same manufacturer, Tiffany Oracle Watch, timepieces originally intended for the Asian market and a rare Vacheron Constantine.
Besides, the event in New York will present an opportunity to bid for timekeeping rarities from the personal collections. One of them is the compilation of Rolexes that belonged to the recently deceased acclaimed director and producer Garry Winick. The other collection is comprised of mostly art deco styled pieces, compiled by the late John Triana. The sale of the latter products will be organized by the same auction house a day after the main sale, on December 7.
In addition to the featured Patek Philippe Heure Universelle, there will be more than 130 watches from this distinguished watchmaker. Only recently discovered, the Heure Universelle includes the world time complication that was invented by the renowned watchmaker Louis Cottier. The sensational watch is exceptionally preserved and unrestored, and it is expected to reach a very high price, somewhere between $400,000 and $600,000. Another fascinating Patek Philippe in the offer is Fine Platinum Tonneau Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar timepiece (Ref. No 5013P). This highly sophisticated product that includes a retrograde date and a moon phase complication was recently found after spending decades hidden in a closet. This rare timepiece with a romantic background remained in immaculate condition, and has an astronomical estimated price of between $450,000 and $650,000.
Besides, the auction involves Tiffany Oracle timepiece. This modern micro-mechanical marvel, constructed in only one piece some five years ago, is in the rare company of timepieces that possess one-minute mystery tourbillon complications. The estimated value of this item is high, but not as nearly as two previously mentioned Patek Philippes. It is believed that this product will reach somewhere between $60,000 and $80,000.
Vacheron Constantin will be represented with 18K Yellow Gold Center Seconds timepiece with a meticulously crafted cloisonné enamel dial. The watch with the reference number 4720 previously had only one owner. In accordance to the apparent general theme of the sale, this product had been forgotten and came into the spotlight only recently.
In addition, Important Watches & Clock Sale, scheduled for December 6 in New York, will be a treat for people with predilection for rare clocks. The catalogue contains John Mottram Ormolu and Enamel Quarter Striking Center Seconds Musical Table Clock made in the late 18th century for Qianglong Emperor of China and 18K Gold Enamel and Pearl Minute Repeating Clockwatch (Ref No 46285) with a delicate polychrome enameled scene with a peacock. This rare and valuable clock from the 19th century was likewise made for the Chinese market. Both of these items are apprized to around $50,000.
As said before, the auction will be the place to acquire Rolexes from Gary Winick’s private collection. Among them there are Stainless Steel Triple Calendar Chronograph (Ref. No 6236) and Stainless Steel Automatic Sweep Seconds timepiece with bakelite bezel (Ref. No 6542 GMT – Master). Finally, there is also an option to get one of 31 pocket art-deco pocket watches from the collection of the late philanthropist and vine merchant, John Triana. All of the pieces included in the auction will be displayed at Sotheby’s York Avenue Gallery previously to the December sale.