While most of the attention in the auction market last week went to the $24 million Patek “Graves Supercomplication”, there were a couple of neat Breguet pocket watches that sold last week at the Christie’s “Important Watches” auction in Geneva last Monday (November 10th, 2014). Both pieces were acquired by Marc A. Hayek (President and CEO of Breguet) on behalf of the house of Breguet. Most notable among the two historic gold pocket watches is this rare quarter repeating watch equipped with the first free escapement with natural lift ever made by Breguet. The Breguet N° 1135 (circa 1806) sold for a tidy sum of 605,000 Swiss Frances, or about $630,000, including premiums. This piece, in the present owner’s collection since 1983, fetched more than 2x its pre-auction estimate. As a fan of Montres Breguet (in fact the name of this blog was directly inspired by A.L. Breguet’s perpétuelles of the late 1700s), the No. 1135 strikes me (sorry for the pun) as a particularly noteworthy piece and a wonderful example of the talent of A.L. Breguet.
SOLD! 291,750 Swiss Francs (about $305,000 USD
on Nov 9, 2014
The top highlight of Antiquorum’s mega-sale this weekend in Geneva is unquestionably the Small Singing Bird Cage Clock with Automaton Jumping Bird & Automaton Waterfall, attributed to Jaquet-Droz et Leschot Geneva. At upwards of 400,000 Swiss Frances, it is projected to be the top selling lot of the auction, out of more than 1,000 lots which include such exceptional pieces as a Patek Philippe Ref 2499, a Blancpain 1735 Grand Complication and a Patek 5004.
But forget the price — this is one of those truly rare, special and exceptional pieces of horological history that happens to not be a pocket or wristwatch — and I absolutely love it. You have to see — and hear — this amazing piece of horological history. It really is an awe-inspring piece of automaton, particularly when you consider it was made circa 1785 (!!!!). And here it is:
This Rolex Daytona Ref 6263, with ‘Paul Newman’ dial and wonderfully aged dial (“tropical dial” “coffee dial”), was sold by Artcurial earlier this week for 336,600 Euros (about $450,000 US at current f/x). Gorgeous watch & a perfect acquisition for a rabid Rolex collector with money to burn. More details (French & English) here.
This Rolex Ref 6034, a “pre-Daytona” chronograph in pink gold, was once owned by legendary musician — and watch collector — Eric Clapton. And it will hit the auction block just 3 days from now, in Auctionata’s “Patek Philippe and Rolex Only” online sale. I wrote a short review of this Rolex 6034 watch for Bob’s Watches, you can read it here>>>