Calendar Wristwatches and Rare Calendar Clocks Strike a Chord at Bonhams New York Fine Watches Sale

New York – saw a phenomenal 18K gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phase, circa 1988, lead the sale achieving over its pre-sale estimate to achieve US$98,655. The 131-lot sale made a total of €977,573 with 72% sold by value at the New York Fine Watches and Clocks sale yesterday.

Another top ten lot was an exquisite Audemars Piguet Quantième Perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phase in platinum, circa 1990s. The wristwatch achieved over its estimate achieving US$50,775.

Nate Borgelt, Head of Department, Watches, US commented: "We are delighted to see perpetual calendar wristwatches perform so well in the fine watches auction. We saw a superb selection of watches represented across modern and vintage styles from the great names of horology that captured the buyer's imagination."
Other watch highlights included:

• An exceptional Lange & Söhne platinum manual wind calendar wristwatch with moon phase, circa 1998 sold over its pre-sale estimate to achieve US$44,475.

• A Cartier Baignoire Allongée, fine 18K gold manual wind wristwatch, circa 1991 featuring an elongated curved oval case. Sold for over its pre-sale estimate to achieve US$50,775.

Patek Philippe, Calatrava 18K gold manual wind anti-magnetic wristwatch, circa 1950s. Achieved US$35,655.

• A Rolex Daytona, 18k white gold automatic chronograph bracelet watch, circa 2005. Achieved US$31,875.

Alongside the wristwatches, top lots included exceptional and rare clocks, leading the clocks sale was an Antoine Blondeau, circa 1825, rare parcel gilt silver cased carriage clock striking grande sonnerie and quarter repeating with calendar, moon phase and power reserve with original red leather travelling case achieving over double its pre-sale estimate of US$94,875.

Another notable lot was a Tiffany & Co. giant grande sonnerie quarter repeating alarm carriage clock with Limoges panels, circa late 19th century also achieving double its pre-sale estimate of US$17,850.

Jonathan Snellenburg, Bonhams Director Watches and Clocks, New York said: "We are delighted to see the interest around the rare and important timepieces from some of the leading names in the field. The top lot, an Antoine Blondeau carriage clock, highlights that both quality and craftsmanship still appeal to the market."

Other clock highlights included:

• A Jean-Simon Bourdier (1760-1839), fine mahogany month-going longcase regulator with remontoire, equation of time and revolutionary calendar, circa 1800. Achieved US$44,475.

• An early 18th century ebony veneered quarter repeating table clock, signed Daniel Delander (circa 1678-1733) of rare small size. Achieved US$22,950.


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