The Quintessential Driver's Watch Achieves Three Times Its Pre-Sale Estimate And Returns To Sweden

Bonhams Monaco sale took place on Friday 11 May at the breathtaking cliff-top Villa La Vigie and saw some of the most important lots of the Monaco Historic Week cross the rostrum.

Among these lots was the unqiue re-edition of the Montre de Pilote presented to Ronnie 'SuperSwede' Peterson by Jack Heuer for his driving exploits at the 1972 German Grand Prix. The watch, an 18k solid gold Carrera chronograph, is inscribed on the back 'Success. Ronnie Peterson from Jack W Heuer.' The 1158CHN bracelet watch is one of the most desirable and sought-after in the motoring world - this was confirmed by its staggering price of €97,740 - a world record for any modern TAG Heuer at auction.

The winning bid was offered on the telephone by a buyer from Ronnie's native Sweden. Ronnie's daughter, Nina, was in the audience and emotionally watched on as the bids rose during what became the longest bidding exchange of the sale. Each new bid was cheered and applauded, creating an electric atmosphere in the saleroom. Proceeds of the sale are going to the Ronnie Peterson Memorial Foundation, a charity that supports promising young drivers in Sweden.

Those who missed the opportunity to add the Montre de Pilote to their collection should note that Bonhams upcoming Fine Watch and Wristwatches Sale on 20 June will feature an astonishing private collection of Heuers, including some of the finest example of rare models to ever come to auction. Highlights include the 'Skipperera' (right) chronograph dating from 1970 (£20,000-30,000) and the Monaco 'Dark Lord' from 1974 (£25,000-35,000).


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.


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