Swiss collector puts up a rare collection of erotic pocket watches on auction
Swiss watchmakers have come full circle with the rise in demand for their pocket watches from 18th and 19th centuries. The collectors and connoisseurs of fine timepieces has once again bid fiercely for the vintage pocket watches offered for sale on Sunday at Antiquorum, a Geneva-based auction house. The private collection of 33 watches from the 18th and 19th centuries feature erotic watches featuring finely painted miniatures on enamel and varicolored gold ornaments crafted with utmost details by highly skilled horologists.
The highlights include the 19th century 18-carat “Musique d’Amour” watch by Genevan craftsman Henry Capt, fetched approx. $ 218 599, more then its estimated price, a very rare heart-shaped gilt metal watch by London watchmaker James Cox around 1780, a platinum Patek Philippe Ref. 3939 HP, an extremely rare minute-repeating watch with one-minute tourbillon regulator and enamel Breguet dial, believed to be only the fifth watch of its kind, fetched approx. $467,180, and a 14-karat yellow gold Rolex “Oyster Perpetual” Ref. 6284 with cloisonné enamel dial by Marguerite Koch was sold off for $717,000 , a world record for a time-only Rolex wristwatch.
The erotic watches are just one part of the private collection of its Swiss owner, and the wider collection will feature more than 700 erotic artefacts assembled over 25 years, including walking sticks, statues and ivory objects designed for autoerotic stimulation, which will further go on sale in a separate auction in France later this year.