First Look: Important Watches in Hong Kong

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Showcasing outstanding collections from various ateliers and independent watchmakers such as Richard Mille, Phillipe Dufour and MB&F, highlights about in the Important Watches auction in Hong Kong. From classic timepieces by Patek Philippe to Ladies wristwatches by Van Cleef & Arpels and independent brands, watches on offer span the breadth of timepiece collecting. Click ahead for a first look at some of the highlights on offer.  

Important Watches
2 October | Hong Kong  

First Look: Important Watches in Hong Kong

  • Richard Mille. An Extremely Fine and Important Sapphire Tonneau-Form Skeletonised Tourbillon Wristwatch RM56-02 No 10/10, circa 2015. Estimate Upon Request.
    This Richard Mille watch features two primary: the cable and pulley system that suspends the movement from the sapphire case – taken from their RM 27-01 Nadal watch – and the unparalleled use of sapphire to create transparent components. Its three-part case is made entirely of sapphire making the watch scratch resistant. Production for this watch was limited to just 10 pieces making it exceedingly rare.

  • Patek Philippe. An Extremely Rare and Important Pink Gold Double Dialled Wristwatch with Twelve Complications Including Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar, Retrograde Date, Sky Chart, Moon-Phases, Orbit Display, Sidereal Time and Minute Repeating on Cathedral Gongs. Ref 5002R Sky Moon Tourbillon, circa 2009. Estimate HK$8,000,000–10,000,000.
    Launched in 2001 as Patek Philippe’s most complicated wristwatch and the first by the company to feature a double dial, this piece features a 686 part movement including a tourbillon adjusted to run within a high precision rate of -2/+1 seconds maximum daily variation. It has various astronomical indications including a retrograde perpetual calendar with moon phases, indication for the meridian passage of Sirius (the brightest star in the sky), age and agular motion of the moon and sidereal time, celestial chart of the northern hemisphere, and a horizon ellipse.

  • A Fine and Rare White Gold Rectangular Wristwatch with Regulator Dial Chronometre 27, circa 2008. Estimate HK$500,000–700,000.
    Featuring Calibre 27, this wristwatch is the second offering of any observatory watch, which possess exceptional accuracy concerning all of the important technical areas of movement functionality. It is capable of mean accuracy of only tenths of a second per day. Since they were designed solely for timing trials, these watches were generally never offered for sale to the public.

  • Philippe Dufour. A Remarkably Fine and Rare White Gold Wristwatch, No. 152 Simplicity, circa 2010. Estimate $HK 1,200,000–2,000,000.
    Philippe Dufour is a distinguished student from Gabriel Locatelli and has worked for world-renowned ateliers such as Audemars Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre and helped create and develop their most extraordinary repeaters. Dufour is the first person in history to put a double balance wheel in a wristwatch and the first person to put a Grande sonnerie in a wristwatch. Simplicity houses Dufour’s in-house calibre 11 – one of the most well regarded manually-wound movements ever created. Only 200 have been released.

  • Ludovic Ballouard. A Limited Edition Platinum Wristwatch, No. 11 Upside Down, circa 2010. Estimate HK$120,000–200,000.
    Ludovic Ballouard has experience from working at brands such as F.P. Journe and Franck Muller. The Upside Down watch focuses on the hour indicators which are placed in an upside down position; each is placed on a small disc that rotates and the “active” hour, which coincides to the right time, is flipped around to be right side up. It was limited to just twelve pieces.

  • MB&F. A Futuristic and Unusual Limited Edition Stainless Steel, Brass and PVD-Coated Components Robot Desk Clock with 40-Day Power Reserve, Limited to 99 Pieces. Melchior "Dark And Light" Edition, circa 2015. Estimate HK$250,000–400,000.
    The Melchoir is a highly functioning robot-form timepiece that was created in a limited series of 99 pieces. It’s encased in palladium-plated brass, stainless steel, red anodized aluminium and polished glass with functions ranging from sweeping minutes, double retrograde seconds and jumping hours. L'Epée movement delivers 40 days of power reserve with 480 components and 17 jewels.

  • Ulysse Nardin. A Fine and Rare Platinum Automatic Hour Repeating and Half Hour Striking Wristwatch with Erotic Automaton and Mother-of-Pearl Dial. San Marco, circa 1990. Estimate HK$500,000–700,000.
    Striking mechanisms are one of Ulysse Nardin’s many specialities including exceptional timepieces in erotic automaton. Housed in the UN611 calibre, it features a striking mechanism that sounds on the hour and half hours. The erotic automaton figures are delicately sculpted from white gold, moving in unison with the striking of the hours and half hours.

  • Van Cleef & Arpels. A Fine and Elegant Lady's White Gold and Diamond-Set Bi-Retrograde Wristwatch with Onyx and Mother-Of-Pearl Dial. No. 1 Lady Arpels Butterfly Symphony, circa 2013. Estimate HK$320,000–420,000.
    Lady Arpels Butterfly Symphony is part of Van Cleef & Arpels’ ‘Poetic Complications Collection.’ It is designed on a matt black and onyx dial with an white gold and mother-of-pearl tree with two white gold and lacquer butterflies indicating the retrograde hours and minutes. It displays a glimpse of an enchanted forest charmed by butterflies, with their flight through the air indicating the hours and minutes.

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