Rare enameled watches delighted collectors at Antiquorum’s March Sale at Geneva

Watch lovers surely know which antiques need the most attention. That explains a fierce battle for a stunning enamel pocket watch with three gong minute repeating called “Venus & Cupid – An Allegory of Love”, which earned thrice its estimated value at CHF 722,500 ($781,700). Dated to 1820, the gold watch targeting the Chinese market sports a Frères Oltramare designed case with “enamel in the manner of Isaac Adam”.

Another important watch that caught the buyers’ attention was a Patek Philippe, Pièce Unique – Pendulette Dôme “Cygnes et Mouettes”. Relatively modern as it is dated to the late 1990s the watch sports the cloisonné enamel panels by A. M. Secretan. The solar-powered and electro-mechanical brass table clock features polychrome cloisonné enamel panels that show swans and seagulls on the face. This clock sold at CHF 182,500 ($197,460).
But there were also buyers for some unconventional items. These included the gold and enamel singing bird snuff box with concealed watch created by Freres Rochat for the Chinese market in 1815. The rare set sporting a twin painted on enamel scenes is crafted in 18-carat gold and pearl, which sold twice its estimate at CHF 362,500 ($392,210). Another usual item that set cash registers ablaze was an exceptional Chinese market belt buckle watch with matching shoe buckles dated to 1790. Made with “gilt brass, silver, enamel and paste-set belt buckle fitted with a watch and matching shoe buckles set with hair and cut-work three-dimensional flower panels”, the set earned CHF 128,500 ($139,030), which is twice its low estimate cost. Check out the complete list here.
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