Unique solar-powered Patek Philippe Le Tour du Monde de Magellan clock sets record

Antiquorum’s weekend sale of “Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches, Clocks, and Horological Tools,” held at the Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva, was one successful affair fetching a total sum of CHF 7,022,000 ($6,636,422)! As always, Patek Philippe timepieces managed to fetch the highest bids with some even setting new records. At this weekend sale, the Patek Philippe watch that set a new world record was the enamel dome clock “Le Tour du Monde de Magellan” Ref. 797 E (lot 231) which sold to an Asian collector for an impressive CHF 174,000 ($164,445) after very intense bidding over the phone. The watch raised quite a response among bidders, showing once again the command that Patek Philippe creations have at auctions.

The new record-setting clock is a unique timepiece made in 1971 to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the death of Ferdinand Magellan. The exceptional solar-powered and electro-mechanical, gilt-brass table clock with polychrome cloisonné enamel panels by AMB, Ann-Marie Barbault, depicts scenes of Magellan’s explorations. The timepiece came accompanied by the original Patek Philippe fitted box, instruction booklet, service letter, and the Archives’ Extract.
Besides Patek Philippe timepieces, other names that fetched high bids at the auction include Rolex, Louis Moinet, Jacob & Co., etc.
The auction, which featured live telephone, internet bids in addition to room bidding from across the globe, saw the sale of 83% of the 466 lots offered on auction! For a complete info on this sale click here.

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