Come April 25th and watch connoisseurs and collectors will be in for a treat courtesy, Patrizzi & Co’s auction of exquisite timepieces. The auction is said to feature historically significant Breguet documents, elegant chatelaines, unique chronometers, wristwatches, pocket watches, and clocks, et al. So if you are a watch collector or just a lover of fine timepieces, this auction is definitely the place for you to be. Amongst the historically significant timepieces, the Nécessaire stands apart. The rare 20K gold, enamel and engraved glass, morocco covered Nécessaire designed as a miniature secrétaire, containing 15 miniature toiletry items dates back to the 1760’s and is expected to fetch between CHF 100,000 – 150,000 ($93,000 – $140,000)!
The Ilbery pocket watch is another creation that promises to be the highlight of the auction. Made in 1805 by the English watchmaker Ilbery for the Chinese market, this octagonal shaped timepiece is expected to fetch between CHF 80,000 – 100,000 ($74,000 – $93,000) at the auction. This pocket watch made in gold, enamel, pearl and agate is considered to be one of the few beautiful examples of stone timepieces from that period.
Besides the Ilbery, two other pocket watches that promise to draw the attention of watch connoisseurs and collectors at the auction include the Ulysse Nardin chronometer and the Piguet pocket watch. The Ulysse Nardin chronometer with carousel is sure to fetch more than its estimated value of CHF 40,000 – 60,000 ($37,000 – $56,000), as it is the only one known to exist today of the just two or three originally produced by Ulysse Nardin.
The 18carat yellow gold Piguet too, is another rare creation featuring half hunting-cased, keyless, carillon pocket watch on four gongs with four hammers, clockwatch with grande sonnerie, minute repeating, strike/silent function, and a three-part enamel dial. The exquisite timepiece is expected to fetch between CHF 50,000 – 70,000 ($47,000 – $65,000).
The auction will take place in Geneva at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. For details regarding the other timepieces to be featured in this sale and preview exhibitions, click here.