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 repeatings called “Venus & Cupid – An Allegory of Love,” which earned its estimated value thrice 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 snuffbox with a 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 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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