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Vacheron Constantin timepiece owned by Marlon Brando will be auctioned by Antiquorum.

(Zsa Zsa Gabor and Maron Brando)

New York, NY – 24th septembre, 2009 – For more than 250 years, the favorite timepiece of discerning royalty and celebrities alike has been Vacheron Constantin, as an object of stature, superiority, and pure elegance. In 1954, renowned actress Zsa Zsa Gabor chose a Vacheron Constantin timepiece as a special gift for actor Marlon Brando to commemorate the release of “On the Waterfront” for which Brando won an Oscar.

Its case back engraved “To Marlon Love Zsa Zsa June 24, 1954,” the timepiece sold at The Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks auction held by Antiquorum on September 17th in New York for six times its estimated value. The 18K yellow gold wristwatch sold for a final price of $18,000 to an unknown buyer.

Vacheron Constantin timepieces are hand-crafted works of mechanical wizardry that can take months – even years – to realize. With excellence evident in every aspect of these timepieces’ aesthetic design, Vacheron Constantin has distinguished itself as the timepiece of discerning distinction adored by today’s Hollywood royalty. As the world’s oldest watch manufacture, Vacheron Constantin and its timepieces have proven to be among the most sought-after items on the market, both as genuine masterpieces of horology and as value-generating investments.


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Antiquorum Auction Reminder: Auction Date – September 17th. NEW YORK.


Antiquorum Preview – Los Angeles
Friday, Sept. 11 (11am – 7pm)

Join Antiquorum’s Auction Preview at Hours Minutes Seconds for the exceptional watches that will be offered in Antiquorum’s Auction on September 17th in New York. Included in the sale are some outstanding watches produced by Patek Philippe, an extraordinary Seiko wristwatch that was designed for and worn in Space as well as many other superb timepieces from top brands such as Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Rolex.

Los Angeles Preview Date: Friday, Sept. 11 (11am – 7pm)

Hours Minutes Seconds
The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Tel: +1 310 274 4710
Friday, September 11: 11 am – 7pm

Auction Date – September 17th

First Session (Lots 1–130): begins at 11am
Second Session (Lots 131–415): begins at 2pm
Antiquorum Auctioneers
The New York TimeZONE
The Fuller Building
595 Madison Avenue (at 57th Street), 5th Floor
New York, NY 10022

[Source: Antiquorum’s Press Release]

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Antiquorum concludes the bidding season in Hong Kong

On June 27th in Hong-Kong, Antiquorum concluded its 2009 auction with an outstanding total of HKD 45,453,120. From the 479 lots that were offered for sale, the 82% were sold. Over 250 internet bidders from over 40 countries around the world were standing at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Outstanding prices were achieved for a very rare Patek Philippe 3974, which sold for HKD 3,000,000 (CHF 422,280), followed by the Franck Muller, Caliber 97 which reached HKD 2,820,000 (CHF 396,950).

Patek Philippe modern timepieces achieved outstanding results, such as a the Ref. 3970 in platinum, which sold for HKD 960,000 (CHF 135,130). As well as vintage Patek Philippe, the Patek Philippe silver travelling clock which reached HKD 222,000 (CHF 31,250), more than four times its estimate.

Other notable results included the Rolex Comex Sea Dweller Ref. 1665 that, sold for HKD 768,000 (CHF 108,100); as well as the Richard Mille RM005 which sold for HKD 283,200, double its estimate

Lot 379
Sold including buyers premium: $ 1.800.000 HKD


Lot 272

Sold including buyer’s premium: 2,820,000 HKD


Lot 479

Ref. 3974 Black Dial. Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 3974.
Sold including buyer’s premium: 3,000,000 HKD


[Source: Antiquorum’s Press Release]

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Antiquorum’s Important Collector’s Wristwatches, Pocket Watches and Clocks Auction, June 27th, 2009 at the Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong)

Antiquorum announced in Geneva, last June 10th, its upcoming event: the “Important Collector’s Wristwatches, Pocket Watches and Clocks” sale prepared to be celebrated on June 27th, 2009 at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The auction will feature 479 lots and will bring together a remarkable selection of the finest timepieces by world-renowned watchmakers.

Between the highlights we can find:

479 Lot 479 / Patek Philippe

Ref. 3974, a 18K yellow gold minute-repeating gentleman’s wristwatch with black dial, perpetual calendar, leap year indications and moon phases, estimated between 2,000,000 and 2,700,000 HKD (300,000 and 400,000 Sfr).


Lot 360 / Patek Philippe

Ref. 3450, an 18K yellow gold wristwatch, made in 1982, with perpetual calendar, moon phases and a red dot for the leap year indication, estimated between 1,350,000 and 1,700,000 HKD (200,000 and 250,000 Sfr).


Lot 110 / Horological Machine No.1″, No. 15, by Busser & Friends

Tourbillon with 7-Day Power-Reserve Maximilian Busser & Friends, “Horological Machine No.1”, Ref. 10.TR41. Made in a limited number, circa 2006. Extremely fine and innovative, oversized, self-winding and manual, water-resistant, 18K pink gold wristwatch in the form of an eight, with four mainspring barrels providing 7-day power-reserve and visible one-minute tourbillon regulator.

Estimate: 400,000 HKD – 550,000 HKD


Lot 272 / Grande and Petite Sonnerie, Minute Repeater – Perpetual Calendar (made in 1997 by Franck Muller)

Caliber 97, Grande et Petite Sonnerie Minute-Repeater, Perpetual Calendar Franck Muller, Geneve, “Grande et Petite Sonnerie, Minute-Repeater – Perpetual Calendar.” Made in 1997. Unique, fine and rare, astronomic, grande et petite sonnerie minute-repeating, platinum and diamond-set wristwatch with retrograde perpetual calendar, equation of time, moon phases and 24 hour display.

Estimate: 1,750,000 HKD – 2,500,000 HKD

173Lot 173 / Piaget Diamond & Sapphire Rocaille

Diamond & Sapphire Rocaille Piaget, Ref. 3259. Made in the 1960’s. Extremely fine, rare and elegant, 18K yellow gold, diamond and sapphire-set lady’s bracelet watch with an integral 18K yellow gold, diamond.

Estimate: 60,000 HKD – 87,000 HKD


Lot 290 / Vacheron Constantin Platinum, sapphires and diamonds
Platinum, Sapphires and Diamonds Vacheron & Constantin, movement. Made in 1923. Very fine and rare, sapphire and diamond-set platinum lady’s wristwatch.

Estimate: 55,000 HKD – 85,000 HKD


Lot 379 / Mirror Image Pair “Farewell to the Beloved”

Mirror Image Pair – Farewell to the Beloved Swiss, Geneva. Made for the Chinese market circa 1830, and attributed to the Frères Oltramare. Extremely fine and very rare, mirror-image pair of 18K gold and painted on enamel, pearl-set center seconds, musical, quarterrepeating pocket watches playing music on the hour or at will.

Estimate: 900,000 HKD – 1,200,000 HKD

Saturday June 27, 2009
2nd Floor, Victoria & Chater Room, 5 Connaught Road,
Central, Hong Kong
Tel. + 852 2522 0111 Fax + 852 2810 6190
Antiquorum Auctioneers (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Suite 1405, 9 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel. + 852 25 22 41 68 Fax. + 852 25 22 41 38

Session 1: lots 1 – 110, at 11 a.m.
Session 2: lots 111 – 479, at 2 p.m.

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Steve McQueen’s former Tag Heuer Monaco, his Scott super Squirrel Bike and a Rolex Submariner will be auctioned during next New York Auction


Rolex Steve McQueen
(Steve McQueen)

Terrence Steven “Steve” McQueen was born on March 24, 1930 in Beech Grove, Indiana (Marion County). Steve was an American movie actor nicknamed “The King of Cool”.

McQueen is known as the highest paid movie star of the sixties and seventies. He is also known as one of the best actors in film history and his films are considered classics. Even though he participated in 26 movies, some of his greatest films are The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles (Academy award nomination), Bullitt (exciting car chase), The Getaway, Papillion or Le Mans.

(Steve McQueen Rolex Explorer II (1965))
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The real Steve McQueen, not the one in the movies, wore a Rolex. He wore a Rolex known as the “steve McQueen Rolex”, the Rolex Explorer II, model 1955, with an orange 24hour hand.

TAG Heuer Monaco Steve McQueen I

(Steve McQueen)

He was an enthusiastic racer of both motorcycles and cars. While he studied acting, he supported himself partly by competing in weekend motorcycle races and bought his first motorcycle with his winnings. He is recognized for performing many of his own aerial tricks, especially the mainstream of the stunt driving during the high-speed chase scene in Bullitt. In addition, McQueen also designed and patented a bucket seat for race cars.

Steve MCQueen  riding its bike

(Steve McQueen riding his Scott super Squirrel Bike )

He found out he had lung cancer, and with only two months to live he and his wife went to Mexico for treatment. At the Mexican clinic, he underwent an agonizing three-month regimen of animal cell injections and was taking over 100 vitamins a day. Still, his body continued to weaken. He had surgery to remove an abdominal tumor and soon after that it was all over for the celebrated actor.

Patek Philippe Geneve Ref 1463 - 18K PG - 150-200,000

(Patek Philippe Geneve Ref. 1463 – 18K Pink Gold)

McQueen died on November 7, 1980 at age 50, in Juarez, Mexico. An open Bible lay across his chest and Steve McQueen lay in death with a smile on his face. It is said that his body remains in ashes, as he was cremated and scattered over the Pacific Ocean.

Steve McQueen Rolex Submariner

(Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner Ref 5512 )

Steve McQueen’s TAG Heuer Monaco, his Scott super Squirrel Bike (1929) the historically one he shared with Von Dutch and, last but not least, a Rolex Submariner (Ref 5512) will all be available to buy during next New York Aintiquorum’s Auction.

Steve MCQueen Scott Super Squirrel Bike

(Steve McQueens historical Scott Super Squirrel Bike)


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Impotant Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches & Clocks Auction. Geneva – Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th.

On May 9th and 10th Antiquorum will auction over 300 fine timepieces at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, in Geneva. Previews were held in Shanghai April 26 and 27, Hong Kong April 29 and 30, and Geneva May 7 – 10.

The highlight of the sale is the Patek Philippe Ref. 1436 featuring stainless steel split-seconds chronograph. More than unique, only four examples of this model were produced and only three survived. It is said to be one of the first two watch generation to ever exist. This wristwatch was produced in 1945 and then sold on May 11, 1949. It is the first time ever that this watch will be offered at auction. The pre-sale estimated goes from $ 600,000 to $ 800,000.

The action will also offer a Patek Philippe Tiffany split-seconds wristwatch produced in 1928 and sold on September 23, 1938. This 18K yellow gold wristwatch features a single-button split-seconds chronograph, vertical 30-minute register, constant seconds, and mobile lugs. The pre-sale estimated goes from $ 800,000 to $ 1,200,000.

Between many other significant timepieces, another watch included in the auction is another Patek Philippe Ref. 5016 P that features a unique dial. This watch was originally sold on November 13, 2001. This piece in platinum includes a minute-repeater, one-minute tourbillon regulator, retrograde perpetual calendar and moon phases. This piece is estimated goes from $ 600,000 to 800,000.


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