Christie’s is currently in Shanghai preparing to have its first-historically speaking deal in terrain China. This is a new area for the almost 250-year-old auction house and the debut Shanghai deal includes compelling artwork, wine, and (of course) watches. Here we investigate the absolute most intriguing watches that will hit the block on Thursday, September 26th in Shanghai, including some exceptionally uncommon pieces.
Another Look At The Unique Patek Philippe Ref. 5159 With Fully Engraved Case
First up we have a Patek Philippe Ref. 5159 perpetual calendar with a completely engraved 18k white gold case. This is the lone known example of the 5159 with a completely engraved case and it was produced as a custom request dependent on an antique plan provided by the first owner (even the blue color of the first inspiration is mimicked here). It is believed that this watch filled in as the prototype for the production ref. 5160, which includes an alternate case etching, without the blue color. This watch is Lot 16 and carries a gauge between $102,000-157,000.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3939 With Ruby Dial
Dialing things back somely, we have this Ref.3939 minute repeater in pink gold with a ruby-set dial. This is the predecessor to the ref. 5539 ( which you can hear alongside the remainder of the Patek Philippe repeaters here ) and is brief repeating tourbillon that conceals its stunning development behind a straightforward, simple dial. This example has ruby hour markers, which certainly add some glimmer, however otherwise this is an exceptionally downplayed watch considering how stunning it is. This unique ref. 3939 is Lot 38 and carries a gauge of $400,000-600,000.
Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 Perpetual Calendar
There are more ruby-dial Patek Philippe watches in the Shanghai deal, including this ref. brief repeating perpetual calendar. While the rubies on the ref. 3939 above are unique to the watch, the dial here had them added by Patek Philippe during a servicing at some point after the first 1992 production date. It is felt that just around twenty 3974 were at any point produced in pink gold, making this a pretty uncommon watch. It is selling as Lot 37 and the assessed deal price is $460,000-693,000.
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch With Portrait Of Hector Berlioz
In expansion to these unique wristwatches, there are a few truly abnormal pocket watches included in the Shanghai catalog. One of the more fascinating is this keyless pocket watch dating to 1976 that carries a finish smaller than expected portrait of composer Hector Berlioz on the caseback. The scaled down was hand-painted in 1977 after a unique portrait by Ed Winkler dating to the 19th Century. This is Lot 23 and is assessed at $82,000-$124,000.
Finally, stepping back in time a piece, we have “The Theater,” an unsigned pocket watch ascribed to Du Bois Et Fils dating to circa 1800. This watch was initially created for the Chinese market, making it a perfect fit for this first Shanghai deal. Both side of the case include a ring of pearls and the back houses a complex automaton with moving figures in a classical theater scene. It is imagined that lone eight examples of this automaton were at any point produced and the last known example (without pearls) sold in Geneva in 1996 for 366,500 CHF and now lives in the Patek Philippe historical center in Geneva. This watch is Lot 24 and the gauge makes them sell for $495,000-693,000.
You can locate all the subtleties of Christie’s September 26 Shanghai auction here .