Patek Philippe, tourbillons and bejeweled timepieces for sale at Hong Kong Important Watches Sale
Extremely rare, magnificent, exotic, and one of the most famous names in the modern Patek Philippe watch catalogue, the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002P timepiece model gained prominence especially for its affinity with indicators of celestial patterns and the sidereal hours which occurs every 23 hours 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds on its 2nd blue dual. This double dialed wristwatch with twelve complications including minute repeater, tourbillion, perpetual calendar, retrograde date, moon-phases, sky chart, orbit display and sidereal time, made history when it was sold for $1.5 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in April 2008, to become one of the Patek Philippe’s most expensive watches. Now, a similar model which set a World Auction Record for any modern timepiece at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon circa 2010 Ref. 5002P wristwatch, one of the last examples of this reference ever made is the highlight of the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale on 8 October 2008. And, Sotheby’s also hopes to improve upon this record with a high-estimate of $1.54 million for the current example.
Ever since its release back in 2001 as the world’s most complicated wristwatch, Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon has been the watchmaker’s flagship timepiece. The model was manufactured in extremely limited quantity and reserved for Patek Philippe’s elite clientele who were allowed to purchase it only after undertaking a qualifying interview. Notably, the model was discontinued in late 2010, and this platinum version from 2010 offered on Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale on 8 October 2008, was not only one of the last Sky Moon Tourbillons ever made, but also the first to appear at auction featuring the Patek Philippe.
For its Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale, the auctioneer Sotheby’s is offering 420 lots, all of which are sourced within Asia and offered in excellent condition from private collectors. Beside the sale highlight Patek Philippe Circa 2010 Ref. 5002P Sky Moon Tourbillon, there are also other noted examples on sale.
Patek Philippe Platinum and Pink Gold Automatic Semi-Skeletonized Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch
Expected Price: $510,000 – 640,000
Described to be the first unworn example of a Patek Philippe Ref. 5104P ever to appear on auction, this particular example boasts a semi-skeletonized appearance and advertise the level of hand-finishing found on the movement that is usually hidden. This extremely fine and rare watch with retrograde date, moon-phases and leap year indication, 2009 ref. 5104P , represents a landmark not only for its complications but also for its striking aesthetics.
Patek Philippe Pink Gold Tonneau-shaped automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch Ref. 5013R
Expected Price: $300,000 – $410,000
Released in 1992 as the Patek Philippe’s most complicated watch, this model is one of the longest running grand complications by the Swiss manufacturer. And, this particular example on sale is only the fifth example known to the market within the very rare and attractive rose gold case.
Cartier unique edition Lady white gold and diamond-set eagle bangle watch 2011 No. 1/1
Expected Price: $240,000 and $360,000
This magnificent and detailed bangle watch specially crafted in the form of a dazzling stooping eagle is undoubtedly a unique piece crafted in 18k white gold case and set with diamonds totaling over 42 carats.
Cartier limited edition palladium and full diamond set skeletonized wristwatch with three rotatable dials, 2009 Santos Triple 100 No. 12/50
Expected Price: $130,000 and $190,000
Very fine and rare, Cartier Santos triple dial wristwatch features an ingenious revolving louvered-dial operated by the crown that can be adjusted to display a traditional white dial with black numerals, a detailed dragon motif to reveal the skeleton movement underneath.
Girard-Perregaux platinum musical wristwatch
Expected Price: $150,000 – $230,000
Also, a mechanical innovation, an attractive Girard-Perregaux platinum musical wristwatch with music on demand, melody selector and power reserve indication for music, 2005 Opera Three No. 2 is offered on sale and is expected to fetch price between $150,000 and $230,000.
We have earlier seen Christie’s important watches sale at Hong Kong, offering the most complicated watches for sale.