On October 24, 2017 Heritage Auctions will offer extraordinarily rare and exciting pieces to the block. Leading the way, and forming the pinnacle of this single owner collection from a well-known tech entrepreneur is a pair of minute repeaters from Patek Philippe. The Ref. 3974J is both a design and technical tour de force, a masterpiece of haute horology, and rightly considered one of the most beautiful and important wristwatches from the manufacturer over the last 50 years. This example is one of only circa 90 made, in yellow gold, during its 13-year production run and was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Patek Philippe.
The Audemars Piguet Watches History Royal Oak Offshore Diver Is Most Likely the Audemars Piguet I’d want to next own. I developed a fondness for it back in 2010 if the Royal Oak Offshore Diver was initially introduced. Since that time, Audemars Piguet has released a variety of versions from various case materials which range from steel to forged carbon, and ceramic (view all of them in our Royal Oak Offshore subject page or search “Audemars Diver” onto aBlogtoWatch). For 2017, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver watches are all in steel, but observe a host of daring visual styles which replicate other products already produced by the brand, in addition to a colour theme which you may find in other new-for-2017 Audemars Piguet watches like the much costlier Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Selfwinding Limited Edition pieces.Not that any of those watches are inexpensive, but if you are likely to opt for a sporty timepiece in largely electric green, my mind is that spending circa $20,000 (that the Royal Oak Offshore Diver) feels a bit more suitable for something which isn’t going to be a daily wear as compared to circa $300,000 for a pure collector’s part (the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Selfwinding Limited Edition). The majority of folks will likely err on the more conservative side and also elect for the same watches in more “classic” colors provided by Audemars Piguet. What I found to be interesting is that they debuted the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph (hands-on here) only in wild colours such as yellow, orange, blue, and green… with no version that could be regarded as a bit more conservative. That was an interesting move, for sure.
The complexity of the automatic perpetual calendar moon phase, combined with the minute repeating complication, points to nearly 4 years of research and development of the Caliber R 27 Q featured in this timepiece. Alongside this is the Ref. 5013R from 2007, an automatic retrograde date minute repeater fashioned in a rose gold tonneau shaped case. With 515 movement parts, it was previously one of the most complicated wristwatches Patek had produced at that time. These two amazing timepieces are just part of the extraordinary single owner collection offering.
Other highlights from Patek Philippe include an ultra-rare Ref. 5204P Split Second Chronograph in Platinum. This watch has rightly become a modern day icon, a grail piece for collectors, and easily the most desirable perpetual calendar on the market. Also available is a stunning pair consisting of the Ref. 5004P and Ref. 5004R. One is a double sealed rose gold example and the other a platinum version, as well as two Ref. 5970P and Ref. 5970R watches in rose gold and platinum and a pair of Ref. 5960P and Ref. 5960R models also in rose gold and platinum. Additionally, in this same collection is a gorgeous white gold Ref. 5270, and one of the best-known examples of a Ref. 1579R to come to auction. Finally, the well-known and loved Calatrava Ref. 570R, with center seconds from the late 1950s, still factory sealed from the Patek Philippe service center, will be of great interest in the auction room.
For the modern wristwatch collector, Heritage Auctions will be offering a Platinum Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 2 No. 58/75, and an Audemars Piguet Carbon Concept Tourbillon. These are two completely different, but industry-changing applications to the tourbillon regulator from two of the most respected manufactures producing timepieces today.
Every important watch brand will be represented, with an especially strong selection of sports watches from Rolex. This includes multiple Submariners, GMTs and Daytonas, in varying combinations of era and specification, as well as a vast array of Bubblebacks and classic Datejust models.
Of particular interest to the vintage chronograph collector will be the ‘Nina Rhindt’ Compax by Universal Genève. This highly collectible wristwatch, with its signature “panda” dial, has increasingly been on the collector radar. For the Omega and space enthusiast, the actual Omega Speedmaster 40th Anniversary Ltd Ed No. 11 that was presented to astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 2009 by Omega will also be available. Here, the limited edition Number 11 is obviously significant due to Buzz Aldrin’s history-setting Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
The auction will be held online and in the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on October 24, 2017 at 1 pm, with previews on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of October at Heritage Galleries: 445 Park Avenue, New York NY. ha.com
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