Christie’s Watches Online The New York Edit

Parmigiani Fleurier, Ref. Pf000481, toric, a very fine and piece unique 18k yellow gold minute repeater wristwatch with subsidiary seconds. Price realized $63,000

Cartier, a very fine and rare 18k yellow gold and enamel “shutter” travel clock. Price realized $44,100

Patek Philippe, Ref. 3940, a very fine 18k yellow gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases and 24 hour indicator. Price realized $60,480

Christie’s Watches Online The New York Edit (29 November – 13 December) achieved a total of $1,344,168 with 85% sold by lot and 105% hammer above low estimate. There was global participation with bidders from 31 countries and over 36% new registrants, and a total of 37% of Millennials buyers and bidders.
Leading the sale was from independent watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier in 18k yellow gold, which sold for $63,000. The sale also achieved notable results for a Patek Philippe an 18k yellow gold Perpetual Calendar, with Moon Phases which achieved $60,480 and a Cartier Travel Clock in Yellow Gold and Enamel, which achieved seven times its low estimate and sold for $44,100
Other strong results were achieved for Parmigiani Fleurier, Toric Nubia 18k Rose Gold wristwatch with date which realized $44,100; a steel Rolex retailed by Tiffany & Co. sold for $40,320; Rolex Daytona “Zenith” 18k yellow gold chronograph wristwatch which achieved $40,320.

Christie’s results in New York




New York –December 8, Important Watches totaled $6,768,720; the auction was sold 91% hammer above low estimate and 81% by lot, attracting global participation. The sale celebrated fine vintage and modern horological masterpieces from the world’s most reputable and desirable brands, attracted new generation bidders including Millennials and Gen Z from a total of 32 Countries globally, with 23% of registrants new to Christie’s.

The top lot of the sale was a very rare and attractive Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak, a Very Fine And Extremely Rare Titanium Minute Repeating Supersonnerie Bracelet Watch, Limited To 35 Examples, which achieved $466,200, followed by a rare Patek Philippe Nautilus “Green Dial” Steel Bracelet Watch which achieved $352,800.

Rounding out the sale a spectacular Patek Philippe, a very fine rare 18K Rose Gold Wristwatch with Cloisonne Enamel Dial sold for $252,000.

Rebecca Ross – Head of Sale says“We are truly thrilled to have seen such global participation from 32 countries in our Important Watches sale this week at Christie’s. Throughout the auction, quality and rare timepieces proved to command strong prices, showing the trust and passion private collectors have in Christie’s”

Autumn 2022 sees continued success for Christie’s Watches in Hong Kong

This past weekend, Christie’s Hong Kong realised a combined sale total exceeding
HK$ 202 million / US$ 26 million / EUR 25 million, marking the second consecutive year for Christie’s Asia of exceeding an annual sale total of HK$ 500 million (US$ 64 million / EUR 61.9 million) in watch sales.

Enamel dials are reaching new heights of desirability and setting new world records.
The auction saw strong global participation from 40 countries; 55% of new buyers are millennials.

With the successes of The Champion Collection and The Triazza Collection in HK this weekend, and more recently The Legendary & Unique Watches Collection in Geneva,
not to mention The Kairos Collection and The Titanium & Ruby Collection,
Christie’s Watches is clearly established as the auction house for Great Private Watch Collections around the globe. Worldwide hubs and long-established networks place it
in the unique position to curate and orchestrate major auctions for high-calibre owners.

Important Watches featuring The Triazza Collection, Part I

Sale total: HK$ 121,822,260 / US$ 15.6 million / EUR 15.1 million

The Champion Collection, Part VI: The Finest Watchmaking

131% above estimate – sale total: HK$ 80,356,741 / US$ 10.3 million / EUR 9.9 million

Alexandre Bigler, Vice President and Head of Watches, Christie’s Asia Pa- cific, said: “When it comes to important high-calibre private watch collec- tions, the deep and broad expertise of Christie’s in showcasing and selling amazing collections is the determining factor. This position is owed to the long-term vision and to the trust the team at Christies Watches has built with high-calibre owners around the world. We are also thrilled about the success of the Triazza Collection, 100% sold; yet again we saw how vintage watches coming to market create excitement and hold a particular fascination for passionate collectors.

The impressive results achieved by Métiers d’Art’ pieces that elevate a craft

to the level of art, especially that of enamelling, testify to the growing de- sirability of timepieces that uniquely combine mechanical perfection and sublime artistry. Also, the two world records set by Patek Philippe, with the Ref. 5208P-001 minute repeater perpetual calendar chronograph in platinum fetching more than HK$ 10 million (US$ 1.2 million / EUR 1.2 million) as the top lot of the sale, and the Ref. 5073P-001, a minute repeater perpetual calendar set with baguette- cut diamonds achieving over HK$ 13.6 million (close to US 1.3 million /close to EUR 1.7 million). While our epic journey with the Champion Collection is reaching its finale, there is still a final chance to bid on

exceptional pieces in the online sale open until 7 December at Christie’s x PANERAI: Watches Online.”

The Champion Collection is a testament to the determination and dedication it takes to bring pieces to- gether and curate them into a living entity, always evolving and growing to reflect the personality of its owner. Here are the world record-breaking results and highlights from The Champion Collection, Part VI:

Here is a selection of the sale highlights from Important Watches featuring The Triazza Collection, Part I. All 218 lots offered at auction were sold.

Lot 32 Ineichen – F.P.Journe Octa Chrono

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Today I want to present Ineichen Auctioneers, an important auction house founded in Zurich in 1973 by Peter A. Ineichen, who was mostly interested in the history of chronometry and began to specialize in watches and clocks. As the oldest auction house with a focus on watches in Switzerland, Ineichen Auctioneers has established itself as an important player in the field, both domestically and internationally.

On December 3, 14.00 CET don’t miss their new auction, Complications: Dates & Calendars

As you see very interesting and very rare watches on my site today I want to present Lot. 32, an extremely attractive, highly collectible and very rare limited-edition chronograph wristwatch of the Swiss watch brand F. P. Journe Invenit et Fecit, founded in 1999 by the French watchmaker François-Paul Journe.

The Octa Chronographe Ruthénium Limited Edition No. 33/99-02C is a very rare and attractive purchase for the collector and F. P. Journe watchmaking expertise aficionado, who will receive a beautiful, elegant, and very rare chronograph wristwatch from this famous watch brand, one of the undoubted leaders in the haute horlogerie watch market.

  • If you want to bid check out the link to Lot 32 and Ineichen Site click HERE

The unique, memorable and instantly recognisable style with an asymmetric dial layout, ruthenium finish of the dial, and first-generation movement crafted from brass with a unique ruthenium coating, which is gaining more and more interest in the collectors’ community, makes the present lot extremely notable and desirable. 

Limited edition launched in 2001–2003.

Case in platinum 950, diameter 40mm, 10.6mm thick, sapphire caseback.

Matte textured solid gold dial with dark grey ruthenium coating, silver subdials with clous de Paris guilloché pattern, fine circular groove and thin metal frames fixed by screws, blued steel hands.

Caliber 1300, thin, self-winding, mainplate and bridges in brass with dark grey ruthenium coating, gilt engravings, rotor in 22k rose gold with ‘grain d’orge’ guilloché pattern, power reserve up to 160 hours. 

Functions – hours and minutes sub-dial at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 5 o’clock, instantaneous big date at 12 o’clock, flyback chronograph with central seconds counter and 60-minute counter at 9 o’clock. F. P. Journe black leather strap, F. P. Journe platinum pin buckle.

Limited edition of 99 pieces.

F.P.Journe Octa Chrono – Lot essay

With the Ruthénium Collection, launched in 2001–2003, François-Paul Journe completed his production of watches with movements traditionally made from brass with galvanic coatings. Instead, since 2004, almost all new watches from the brand have been equipped with movements made of 18k pink gold without the coating.

Of course, solid gold movements appear more valuable and desirable, since movements of this type are a great rarity in watchmaking. Nevertheless, collectors and connoisseurs of the F. P. Journe watchmaking art are showing an increasing interest in watches with brass movements, which represent the early period of the brand. 

The Ruthénium Collection was the first limited edition collection of F. P. Journe, and is comprised of five platinum models: Tourbillon Souverain, Chronomètre à Résonance, Octa Chronographe, Octa Jour et Nuit and Octa Calendrier, each numbered and limited to 99 pieces. 

Both the gold dials and brass movements are ruthenium-coated, hence the name of the collection. This was also the first time F. P. Journe used a 40mm case, which is larger than the 38mm size the brand produced from its foundation.

The total number of F. P. Journe watches with brass movements is estimated at about 2,000 pieces, and as a rule they generate active interest at auctions. In particular, in 2021, the highly coveted F. P. Journe watches from the Ruthénium collection fetched impressive results, e. g. a Chronomètre à Résonance Ruthénium sold for 371,000CHF, and a Souverain Tourbillon Ruthénium sold for 390,000CHF at the ‘Shades of Grey’ November thematic sale of Ineichen Auctioneers in Zürich (both excluding premium). 

François-Paul Journe is one of the few watchmakers to have developed a wristwatch with its own interpretation of a classic chronograph complication. The Octa Chronographe, presented by F. P. Journe in 2001, was the second model of the Octa collection, issued after the Octa Réserve de Marche (2001). All Octa timepieces are powered by the same self-winding base caliber 1300 with a notably large (10.1mm) chronometric balance. 

This caliber was initially developed by François-Paul Journe to meet the requests of his customers preferring a self-winding watch. He conceived a slim caliber, allowing various additional complications to be installed without changing the overall thickness of the movement and ensuring the thickness of the case remained practically the same for all models in the Octa collection.

For the caliber, François-Paul Journe developed a large barrel with a 1000mm long and 0.1mm thick winding spring, which provided a power reserve of approximately 160 hours, of which 120 hours were picked, guaranteeing a chronometric rate. 

Octa Chronographe shows a unique style, in accordance with all the other complications of the master – François-Paul Journe always follows his own path.

The structure of the dial is asymmetrical, with the time indication shifted to the right, while the chronograph is given a central seconds hand with a scale along the periphery of the entire dial and a 60-minute counter at 9 o’clock. 

The chronograph mechanism occupies just 1mm of extra space, maintaining the elegant profile that is common to all models in the Octa collection with a thickness of slightly over 10mm – not much for a self-winding chronograph. 

Early Octa Chronographe watches featured the first-generation caliber 1300 made of either rhodium-coated brass or ruthenium-coated brass, as the present limited-edition model.

From 2004, the watchmaker began making the Octa movements in 18k rose gold (the second generation), marking the start of caliber 1300.2. Phillips notes, in 2007, shortly before discontinuing the Octa Chronographe, the 3rd generation caliber 1300.3 being introduced by the brand, again made of 18k pink gold but equipped with unidirectional winding.

When the Octa was first launched in 2001, its automatic winding mechanism was designed to be bidirectional, which, as it turned out, was less effective than unidirectional winding if the wearer favoured an inactive lifestyle. 

The production of the Octa Chronographe watch ceased in 2008, the brand replacing it with the Centigraphe Souverain chronograph. A secondary market analysis allows us to conclude that the production of this reference was significantly smaller compared to other so-called ‘small complications’ of the Octa collection, which promises good prospects for this particular model, especially in its historically important limited-edition ruthenium execution.

Octa Chronographe Ruthénium Limited Edition No. 33/99-02C – Specifications

CasePolished platinum case 950/1000 chronograph pushers at 2 & 4 o’clock, sapphire caseback
StrapOriginal black Alligator strap, with a original platinum pin buckle
DialRuthenium coated dial, silvered & engine turned sub-dials, silvered seconds track, big date at 12 o’clock, 60 seconds & 60 minute counters, time display & small seconds on the right side, blued hands
MovementRuthenium coated automatic movement, engine turned 22k white gold rotor, chronograph function
Case No.33/99-02Z

Christie’s a watches wonderland in new York – vintage and contemporary timepieces

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Following the success of the auction held in New York this past June, which totalled US$21,743,070, the autumn/winter season promises to excite with Christie’s New York Important Watches on December 8th. This will be a Live Auction comprising 117 lots, featuring fine vintage and modern horological masterpieces from the world’s most reputable and desirable brands.

Vintage highlights from Patek Philippe include a very rare and attractive 18k rose gold wristwatch with a captivating cloisonné enamel dial featuring a Viking longship, manufactured in 1950, and an extraordinarily rare 18k yellow gold Nautilus Ref. 3700 with a diamond-set bezel from 1980.

Other classic treasures include an attractive 18k gold Rolex Daytona Ref. 6265 along with one of the rarest sport watches produced by Tudor, the “Big Crown” Reference 7924, which was in production for one year only between 1958 and 1959.

More modern timepieces include a number of Patek Philippe desirable green dial references: the striking grande complication 5270P-014 and the Nautilus 5711-014.

There will also be a limited-edition Richard Mille Ref. RM67-02 “Alexander Zverev” as well as a Vacheron Constantin platinum minute repeating wristwatch, which was produced in a limited edition of only 10 examples.

Moreover, the sale will present a Single Owner collection of highly desirable Patek Philippe references retailed by Tiffany & Co. as well as a selection of very attractive and rare skeleton, gem and diamond-set, or hardstone dial timepieces.

Let’s see these incredible timepieces:

Audemars Piguet Ref. 26591TI.OO.1252TI.02, Royal Oak

Lot 113 – Audemars Piguet Ref. 26591TI.OO.1252TI.02, Royal Oak. A very fine and extremely rare titanium minute repeater supersonnerie wristwatch, limited to 35 examples.

Audemars Piguet reference 26591TI is one of the most impressive and rare timepieces from the contemporary Royal Oak family. Released without fanfare in 2021 in only 35 examples, this model of the iconic Royal Oak has been crafted in a large 42mm case with a beautiful salmon tapisserie dial.

With its large case and bracelet, one would expect a heavy presence on the wrist.

However, weighing in at a mere 124 grams thanks to its titanium construction, it is barely noticeable to the wearer. Furthermore, a minute repeating supersonnerie has been integrated in the timepiece, with the titanium case giving the complication’s chime a unique tonal resonance.

(Est: US$350,000-550,000)

Patek Philippe Ref. 5990/1A-001, Nautilus

Lot 106 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5990/1A-001, Nautilus. A very rare steel travel time flyback chronograph bracelet watch with date and day/night indicators, signed and retailed by Tiffany & Co..
Introduced in 1976, the design of the Patek Philippe Nautilus was inspired by a ship’s portholes. The original reference 3700 was constructed with a monobloc case, replicating the way portholes were opened on vessels.

The present lot, reference 5990/1A-001, is a contemporary wristwatch dating to 2018. It is one of the most functional watches from the Nautilus line, and greatly favoured by collectors.

The watch features a travel time function with disguised pushers that are found in the left “ear” of the case. The pushers adjust a second time zone hand that can be jumped forwards and backwards by the hour. An ingenious touch: When a second time zone is not necessary, that hand can be discreetly tucked out of sight behind the primary hour hand.

The watch also features day/night indicators to correspond with the hands. As if that were not enough, Patek Philippe continues to uphold their spot as a premier manufacturer by adding a flyback chronograph and date complication to the already impressive timepiece.

The case of this complicated wristwatch measures in at 40.5mm and is crafted from steel, the favourite of collectors, for ultimate durability and comfort. Adding to the rarity and desirability of this timepiece is the “Tiffany & Co.” signature, subtly placed near the 6 o’clock register.

(Est: US$150,000-250,000)

Patek Philippe rare 18k gold

Lot 46 – Patek Philippe. A very fine, rare and attractive 18k rose gold wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial, manufactured in 1950.
Wristwatches fitted with cloisonné enamel dials take a most prominent position in terms of beauty, craftsmanship, and rarity. Produced mostly in the 1940s and 50s, Patek Philippe made an exceedingly small number of “time only” wristwatches where highly detailed and incredibly artistic cloisonné enamel dials were fitted.

Only an extremely small number of watches were upgraded with these wonderful dials, depicting popular motifs such as a jungle, a lighthouse and sail boats, flowers, portraits, and maps.

The present dial was crafted to special order in 1950, and was, most likely, originally delivered to France, to be housed in a French-manufactured case. After World War II, this was quite common practice in alignment with the post-war economic effort. Importing foreign jewellery was prohibited in France, so many Swiss makers had their cases made in France, often after their own Swiss model.

Given these constraints, Patek Philippe worked closely with French firms such as Guillermin, providing dials and movements under the agreement that Patek Philippe standards would be upheld.

This watch was sold previously at Christie’s in 2005 and has remained well- preserved with the present consignor.

Today, most of the vintage wristwatches by Patek Philippe fitted with cloisonné enamel dials are either in the world’s most important and exclusive private collections, or permanently showcased in the firm’s museum in Geneva. Consequently, opportunities to acquire one example, especially of such beauty, have become extremely rare events in the international auction arena.

(Est: US$200,000-400,000)

Patek Philippe Ref. 3700, Nautilus

Lot 108 – Patek Philippe Ref. 3700, Nautilus. An extremely rare and attractive 18k yellow gold and diamond-set bracelet watch with date. Manufactured in 1980.

The present lot may be one of the rarest Nautilus watches to exist. Even many keen-eyed, veteran collectors have never heard of or seen reference 3700/4.

According to research, this watch is the second reference 3700/4 to ever appear at auction. In addition to the present lot’s rarity with a well- preserved case and bracelet crafted from 18k yellow gold, the bezel is factory embellished with 72 glamorous diamonds.

Typically, stones are set directly on top of the bezel, but reference 3700/4 has them placed on the outer bevel. This charming detail adds to the complexity and subtly of this seldom-seen timepiece. Between the beauty and rarity of the gold case and lustrous diamond bezel, this watch is truly a delight to behold for any serious collector.

(Est: US$230,000-330,000)

Rolex Ref. 6265, Daytona

Lot 72 – Rolex Ref. 6265, Daytona. A very fine and rare 18k yellow gold chronograph wristwatch. Manufactured in 1981.
Four-digit Rolex Daytona’s are some of the most desirable and collectible wristwatches, and reference 6265 is no exception.

The timepiece is constructed from 18k yellow gold and has a screw-down crown and pushers to ensure a water-tight seal. They also offer a sportier aesthetic. The watch has a matte black dial and gold registers that complement the 18k yellow gold case. This gold and black combination provides a striking, beautiful contrast. Another interesting and distinctive feature about Reference 6265 is the “Oyster” text below Rolex. It is in larger type and “Perpetual” is absent because the watch is manually wound. The watch case measures in at 37mm, making it more suitable for a wider range of wrist sizes. However, it remains a presence due to the sporty styling and 18k yellow gold case.

(Est: US$160,000-260,000)

Tudor “Big Crown” Reference 7924

Lot 67 – Tudor “Big Crown” Reference 7924. This reference was manufactured only in 1958 and 1959.
With serial numbers ranging from 275XXX to 295XXX, reference 7924 is an exceptionally rare watch and a grail among vintage watch collectors worldwide.

Reference 7924 was Tudor’s most capable dive watch in the late 1950’s thank to its thick, robust, stainless steel case and oversized 8mm crown. Rated to 200 meters/660 feet, the 7924 was the brand’s offering alongside Rolex Reference 6538 and Reference 5510.

In fact, aside from the movement and dial, Tudor reference 7924 is identical to its iconic Rolex “Big Crown” brothers. The present lot reference is the only vintage big crown produced in a series by Tudor. It is also the last “No Crown Guard” 200 meter depth rated dive watch made by the brand.

(Est: US$60,000-100,000)

Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1A-014

Lot 22 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1A-014, Nautilus. A very rare and highly desirable green dial, steel bracelet watch with date.
The present lot, reference 5711/1A-014, is a celebrational Nautilus that commemorates the final “victory lap” of Reference 5711. The fact that it is the last steel 5711 and because it was produced only for one year in very limited numbers, already makes this an extremely exclusive watch.

What differentiates the reference 5711/1A-014 is the olive green dial: It is the only Nautilus to sport a dial in this very subtle green tone. The case has a standard three-part construction rather than the original monobloc case, allowing for easier serviceability and a sapphire case back to view the in-house Calibre 324 S C.

The timepiece has a date complication with white gold hands and hour markers.

(Est: US$200,000-400,000)

Lot 117 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5270P-014. A very fine and rare platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, leap year, day/night indicator, and green dial.
From enthusiasts to collectors alike, all eyes were captured at Baselworld 2011 with the introduction of Patek Philippe reference 5270.

The timepiece marked the latest iteration from the legendary Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph family that began with Reference 1518 in 1941. Reference 5270 sets itself apart from its predecessor (Ref. 5970) with a case diameter increased to 41mm and a case thickness decreased by 1mm. In- house Calibre CH 29-535 PS Q’s additional complication of a day/night indicator further highlights the engineering prowess. The subsidiary registers are, quite playfully, lowered just below the central axis.

Present lot, reference 5270P-014, is among the latest 2022 releases from the perpetual calendar chronograph family. Besides the bold and beautiful green dial, Patek Philippe has opted for a new style of pointed dauphine-style hands; broad and faceted, they resemble the hour markers on the dial. The outer tachymeter scale has also been omitted in favour of a “sporty” minute ring that gives the watch a cleaner aesthetic.

(Est: US$200,000-330,000)

Richard Mille Ref. RM67-02 “Alexander Zverev”

Lot 99 – Richard Mille Ref. RM67-02 “Alexander Zverev”. A very fine and rare tonneau-shaped wristwatch, number 297 in a limited edition of 497 examples.
Made to withstand the forces produced in high-intensity activities, the Richard Mille RM67-02 collection includes the perfect watches for super athletes.

The present lot was made in collaboration with German tennis superstar Alexander Zverev who personally wears this model while playing tennis. It is distinguished by the use of red and gold accents in the mid case, echoing the colours found on the flag of Germany. The present timepiece has a comfortable thickness of 7.8mm and an impressive weight of only 32 grams, which includes the strap. It is the lightest strap the brand has ever produced. incredible feather-light weight can be attributed to the patented Carbon and Quartz TPT (Thin Ply Technology) and titanium used to create the case.

The rotor of the automatic-winding calibre is visible through the skeletonised movement and further adds to the sporty and daring nature of the timepiece. The seamless elastic stretch strap helps the watch to be ready for action and wear at a blinks notice.

(Est: US$180,000-350,000)

F.P. Journe, Octa Réserve de Marche

Lot 79 – F.P. Journe, Octa Réserve de Marche. A very rare and early 18k rose gold wristwatch with date, power reserve, and brass movement.

Introduced in 2001, the Octa Réserve de Marche was F.P. Journe’s first automatic wristwatch following the legendary Tourbillion and Résonance. During the 2001-2014 production period of the Octa Réserve de Marche, approximately 800 pieces were created, making this an extremely rare and coveted timepiece.

The present lot’s collectability is furthered by a brass movement that is only found in Journe’s earliest work; it is quite distinct from the contemporary red gold movements which have since become synonymous with the brand. The dial has begun to develop a light patina, which is normal and highly desirable in Journe’s earliest work. This is due, at the time, to the work-in-progress in mastering dial lacquering. The present lot is housed in a favourable 38mm yellow gold case, suitable for a larger array of wrist sizes in contrast to the larger modern pieces.

(Est: US$120,000-220,000)

Christie’s Hong Kong Triazza Collection Live Auction 2022

Christie’s auction offers a total of over 200 watches, with a selection of highly desirable timekeepers, both modern and vintage. Renowned Maisons such as Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Breguet, Jaeger- LeCoultre and A. Lange & Söhne will be represented in this Live Sale, including noteworthy creations by F.P. Journe, among them an exceptional T-30.

Christie’s – The Triazza Collection, Part I

Patek Philippe collectors no doubt have the particular watch in mind that would make their collection perfect, and their dream may come true with this auction.

The Triazza Collection is an incredible grouping that is not only a testament to the taste and discernment of its present owner, but also one in which each individual watch has been carefully chosen for its rarity, condition, beauty and provenance.

Lot 2523 – Esmond Bradley Martin Ref. 605 HU cloisonné dial ‘North America’, manufactured in 1950.
This exemplary Patek Philippe reference 605 HU (Heure Universelle) World Time dress watch with cloisonné enamel ‘North America’ dial is one of only a handful of these sublimely beautiful horological masterpieces to ever have come to market.

It brings with it a wonderful and impeccable provenance, its first owner was one of the great American watch collectors of the 20th century, Esmond Bradley Martin, who purchased this watch from Tiffany & Co. in New York in December 1957. For the past decade, it has been a highlight of an important private watch collection.

From 1939 to 1964 Louis Cottier and Patek Philippe produced up to 95 pieces of the reference 605 HU, of which 68 were in yellow gold and 27 in pink gold. Reference 605 HU was available with a plain metal dial or a unique cloisonné enamel dial.

The latter could depict individual continents, hemispheres or even the entire planet. This reference was one of the earliest to use Louis Cottier’s world time system and each watch was made under Cottier’s direct supervision to ensure that the world time mechanism operated flawlessly, even after it was cased.

Patek Philippe’s cloisonné dial wristwatches are always among the rarest and most exclusive watches of any reference.

Today, only around 12 surviving examples of reference 605 HU are known with cloisonné dials, however only four, including the present watch, were decorated with the map of North America.

(Est: HK$7,000,000-14,000,000)

Lot 2522 – Geneva Observatory 1st Prize tourbillon, manufactured in 1924.
This important and large-size Geneva Observatory 1st Prize winning tourbillon is not only in exceptional condition and one of the finest high-precision Patek Philippe watches, it is also possibly unique in retaining both its original gold case and white enamel Breguet numeral dial and, in addition, its original antimagnetic observatory contest case and original contest silver sector dial.

To the best of our knowledge, no other Patek Philippe observatory chronometer in private hands is known to be in existence with both cases and both dials surviving intact.

According to the Geneva Observatory records, the present movement was awarded a First Prize at the Timing Contest of 1931 with 782 points out of a possible 1000.

This chronometer was the 13th out of the 50 classified among more than 600. The first in the trial gained 856 and the last 604, 58 chronometers were entered for the contest. The tourbillon carriage was made by James

Pellaton and the watch was adjusted by master adjuster Jules Golay-Audemars. As is common to all Patek Philippe movements made for observatory testing, the present watch it is engraved twice with the movement number.

The inscription “Extra” on the bridge of the movement refers to the very high finishing of all the parts of the movement.

This watch achieved chronometer standard as attested to by the stamping of the movement with the Seal of Geneva (twice).

Patek Philippe’s early 20th century tourbillon watches for the Observatory Contest are by their very nature among the very best precision timepieces ever made. Their prime purpose was to win prizes and accolades at the Observatory timing contests.

The prestige conferred by obtaining consistent Observatory awards was considerable; as a result, the company’s proven track record in making and adjusting watches to extremely fine tolerances resulted in greater commercial success for the brand as a whole. (Est: HK$5,500,000 – 11,000,000)

Lot 2520 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5004J-017. An almost certainly unique yellow gold split seconds chronograph perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour and leap year indications, with a Certificate of Origin- confirmed stunning black monogram dial, luminous indexes and luminous hands and white tachymeter scale, made as a bespoke commission for the remarkable American collector Michael Ovitz. Circa 2011.

(Est: HK$5,000,000 – 10,000,000)

Lot 2521 – Patek Philippe Ref. 1415 Heures Universelles. A superb and very rare 18k gold world time wristwatch, with ‘short’ signature, manufactured in 1948.

Only 82 pieces were made in yellow gold, and less than 20 pieces in yellow gold examples with ‘short’ signature.

(Est: HK$1,500,000-3,000,000)

Lot 2519 – Patek Philippe Ref. 5073P-001. An extremely rare and magnificent diamond-set platinum automatic “Cathedral” minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, 24-hour and leap year indication. On the bezel: baguette-cut diamonds. Circa 2014.

(Est: HK$11,000,000 – 18,000,000)

Lot 2414 – F.P. Journe 30th Anniversary Tourbillon, limited edition of 99 pieces. A rare 18k rose gold and silver limited edition tourbillon wristwatch to celebrate thirty years since the founding of the F.P. Journe watchmaking Manufacture. Circa 2014.

(Est: HK$2,400,000 – 4,800,000)

Lot 2413 – F.P. Journe lineSport Automatique Reserve, 18k pink gold automatic wristwatch with date, power reserve, day/night indication and bracelet. Circa 2021.
(Est: HK$800,000 – 1,600,000)

Lot 2409 – F.P. Journe Élégante 40 titanium, an attractive lady’s ceramic and diamond-set titanium wristwatch. Circa 2021.
(Est: HK$180,000 – 280,000)

Lot 2410 – F.P. Journe Élégante 40 platinum, an attractive lady’s diamond and sapphire-set platinum wristwatch. Circa 2021.
(Est: HK$350,000 – 700,000)


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17 lots selling above CHF1 Million 40% of new bidders

2 Live Auctions:
Legendary and Unique Watches realizing CHF 31,877,418 /$31,679,596 Rare Watches realizing CHF23,669,670 / $23,859,366

Geneva – Historic moment during this autumn Geneva watch season. Christie’s becomes No. 1 of the watch auction market in Geneva, the nest of fine watchmaking, by totalizing CHF55,548,348 /$55,540,232 / Euro56,302,789 / HK$433,841,034.

The week started with an incredible white glove sale, followed by the “Rare Watches” auction where 238 lots out of 239 lots found a new owner. The two watch auctions on 6 and 7 November held at Geneva’s Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues attracted 40% new bidders with a record attendance online as well as room participation.

LOT 34
Patek Philippe
Nautilus Model, additional signed Tiffany & Co REF 5711/1A-018
Estimate 1.5-3 million
Price realized CHF3,174,000


Outstanding result leads the overall Geneva Autumn 2022 watch sale week and demonstrates the savoir-faire of its young and dynamic team bringing to auction one of the most important private collections (Legendary and Unique Watches) and horology masterpieces, contested by bidders from 46 countries.

LOT 92
Patek Philippe Additionally signed Cartier REF 1518
Estimate 1.5-2.6 million
Price realized CHF2,214,000

Incredible results were achieved, including for lot 34, Patek Philippe reference 5711/1A-018, additionally signed Tiffany & Co. selling above estimate for CHF3,174,000 against a retail price of USD52,000.

Rolex Daytona, Paul Newman Model REF 6263
CHF 3-5 million
Price realized CHF3,414,000

Remi Guillemin, Head of Christie’s Geneva Watch department expressed: ”Holding two high calibre auctions with incredible sell through rates of 100% and 99.18% within 24 hours is an unseen moment in watch auction history, making Christie’s the market leader. Our gratitude goes to our worldwide collectors, confirming Christie’s Geneva as a special place for Rolex and masterpieces.”