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Christie's - A Sneak Preview of Christie’s Upcoming Geneva Auction

Christie's A Sneak Preview of Christie’s Upcoming Geneva Auction

Discover a selection of exceptional watches that are going on sale in two live auctions: Legendary and Unique Watches on 6th November and Rare Watches on 7th November

Our editorial director Sophie Furley takes the ShowCase to Christie's Geneva to bring you a first-hand look at some of the extraordinary watches that are going on sale this weekend. Between the "Legendary and Unique Watches" and "Rare Watches" auctions, 241 lots that include unique pieces, personalised timepieces, prototypes, and numerous No. 1 limited editions that are all on offer to the world's watch collectors. We popped into the Christie’s Geneva office to meet with watch specialist Mathieu Ruffat, who gave us a sneak preview of three important watches that are going to be in the sale

Kari Voutilainen Lot 63

In this video we take a look at three timepieces, starting with the Lot 63, which is a Kari Voutilainen Observatory Limited Edition in a platinum case. It is powered by the Calibre Peseux 260 movement, which was originally developed solely for testing accuracy (it is precise to only tenths of a second per week). As chance would have it, Voutilainen found several of these observatory movements, which he then used to make a very limited series of timepieces, of which this model is one of them. It comes with this elegant blue dial with a mix of Roman and Arabic numerals. This is the first time this watch has come up for auction with an estimate of CHF 50,000 to 100,000.

Un avant-goût de la prochaine vente aux enchères de Christie's à Genève

Kari Voutilainen L'Observatoire © Christie's

Audemars Piguet Lot 105

The second piece is Lot 105 in the Geneva auction and it is a unique Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar with a green guilloché dial and diamond hour markers. It is ref 25654 and it was made in 1997. It is the only known example with this deep emerald-coloured dial with diamonds. It is estimated at CHF 100,000 to 200,000.

Un avant-goût de la prochaine vente aux enchères de Christie's à Genève

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Calendrier Perpétuel © Christie's

Rolex Lot 124

The last timepiece in our sneak preview is this extremely important Rolex Day-Date 1803. It is a prototype in stainless steel. Only five pieces in stainless steel are known to exist, of which four of them had Roman numerals, while this one has baton hour markers. The estimate for this timepiece is CHF 100,000 to 200,000. 

Un avant-goût de la prochaine vente aux enchères de Christie's à Genève

Rolex Day-Date 1803 © Christie's

 

All 241lots will be on show at the Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva from November 3rd to 6th.

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