The United States has become a mecca for serious watch collectors and Antiquorum the leading auction house in the field of horology. What can be a better proof than the Antiquorum’s summer auction, held at The New York? In addition to the plethora of telephone, room, and commission bidders, there were 368 bidders on the internet eagerly competing for the 289 highly collectible timepieces offered in the sale. The highlight of the event was record-breaking as lot 289, a Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 was sold for $ 1,240,400. All in all, the whole auctioning event managed to generate about $ 8,586,583. Where does all this money come from?
More from the same brand did very well as lot 247, the platinum diamond-dial Ref. 3970E was sold for $ 146,150, and lot 278, the pink gold Ref. 3970E fetched a remarkable price of $ 123,150. Also attaining extraordinary results were the Patek Philippe “so-called TV watches”; the yellow gold Ref. 5020, lot 152, and the pink gold, lot 279 both achieved the world record price of $ 232,400. Getting more honors for Patek Philippe was lot 277, Ref. 5050 in pink gold with Roman numerals that sold for $ 117,400 while lot 93, the Sincere Ref. 5035 got $ 54,280, nearly twice it’s estimated. Audemars Piguet also obtained important results as evidenced by lot 107, a “Royal Oak Concept” which sold for $ 232,400. Harry Winston was not to be overlooked with lot 109, a “Platinum Opus 4” which fetched $ 232,400. Another unbelievable price was achieved by lot 203, a Vacheron Constantin Tourbillon Malte Squelette which achieved $123,150. Moreover, FP Journe also faired well with lot 255, a platinum “Octa-Lune” which sold for $ 47,200. Furthermore, Omega obtained a great result for lot 46, a De-Ville Central Tourbillon sold for $ 47,200. Finally, Rolex achieved significant prices for the “Rolex Panerai”, lot 175, which sold for $ 82,600, and the Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen, lot 259, fetched $ 31,860. I’m broke!