Preview of ‘Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces’ in Dubai on November 1 and 2

Antiquorum Auctioneers is set to host its ‘Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces’ auction at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva on November 8 and 9. Ahead of that auction, Antiquorum Auctioneers is previewing the collection of timepieces and clocks that will go under the hammer via events in cities such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Zurich and Geneva.

The Celestial (ref. 5102) in white gold with meantime indication, nocturnal chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and moon orbit, time of the meridian passage of Sirius and moon is part of the forthcoming auction in Geneva.

The Celestial (ref. 5102) in white gold with meantime indication, nocturnal chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and moon orbit, time of the meridian passage of Sirius and moon is part of the forthcoming auction in Geneva.

The Dubai event will take place on November 1 and 2 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel and is being jointly hosted by Antiquorum Auctioneers and Mishal Kanoo – Deputy Chairman of the Kanoo Group. The event runs from 11.30am to 7.30pm on both days.

Julien Schaerer, Managing Director & Watch Expert, as well as Etienne Lemenager, Director & Watch Expert from Antiquorum Auctioneers Geneva will be in attendance at the Dubai event. For those interested in appraising the value of a timepiece or clock that they own, Antiquorum Auctioneers will be able to evaluate watches at the Dubai event.

The 'Singing Bird Cage Clock With Automation Jumping Bird and Automaton Waterfall Attributed to Jaquet-Droz and Leschot' is in lot 578.

The ‘Singing Bird Cage Clock With Automation Jumping Bird and Automaton Waterfall Attributed to Jaquet-Droz and Leschot’ is in lot 578.

The forthcoming auction comprises a number of exclusive timepieces and clocks such as the ‘Singing Bird Cage Clock With Automation Jumping Bird and Automaton Waterfall Attributed to Jaquet-Droz and Leschot’ (picture above). This circa 1785 clock is particularly special because the bird within the cage can open its beak, flap its wings, moves its tail and even jumps from perch to perch. Lot 578 has an estimate of CHF 200,000 to 400,000.

Lot 205 which carries an estimate of CHF 40,000 to 60,000 will likely be of interest to A. Lange & Söhne collectors, as it consists of the Luna Mundi white and pink gold Lange 1 watch set (picture below). This limited edition set (limited to 101 pieces) was originally released in 2003 and correctly depicts the moon phases – the white gold for the Northern Hemisphere and the pink gold for the Southern Hemisphere. At the time this watch set was the first to carry the new Grand Lange 1 design.

The A. Lange & Söhne Luna Mundi set was originally released in 2003. Find this limited edition set in lot 205.

The A. Lange & Söhne Luna Mundi set was originally released in 2003. Find this limited edition set in lot 205.

As only a selection of the watches and clocks that Antiquorum Auctioneers will be putting under the hammer will make it to the Dubai event, we highly recommend visiting the company’s website (click here) to see the full list of what is being offered.

Our take

Having gone through the catalog of what will go on auction on November 8 and 9, it’s obvious there’s something for everyone. You’ll find everything from exceptionally rare and high value Patek Philippe pocket watches to intricate desk clocks such as the ‘Singing Bird Cage’ we mentioned earlier, to Paul Newman Rolex Daytonas and even entry/mid-level luxury watches such as regular and limited edition Omega Speedmaster moonwatches.

Below are a selection of high-end watches that are also part of the forthcoming auction in Geneva.

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