Bonhams has secured a single-owner collection of 85 timepieces that includes pocket watches from two of America’s most celebrated 19th century watchmakers.
Late 19th century pocket watches made by Albert Potter and Charles Fasoldt will be auctioned at the Bonhams Art of Time Sale in New York on December 3rd alongside contemporary watches whose design and complications have been inspired by the watchmakers.
Albert Potter and Charles Fasoldt are still considered among the world’s finest watchmakers of their era.
Mr Potter made no more than a few hundred timepieces – five of which are included in the private collection up for sale at Bonhams.
For example, an 1880s 18ct gold hunter cased keyless minute repeating chronograph is offered with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.
His contemporary Charles Fasoldt, who moved to America from Germany, was famous for inventing a double double-wheel lever escapement known as Fasoldt’s chronometer.
Six Fasoldt watches featuring this movement are offered from the collection including a 1860s 18ct gold cabriolet cased watch with co-axial double wheel escapement, with an estimate of $18,000 to $22,000.
Historic and contemporary pairings at the Bonhams Art of Time Sale include a Haas Neveux & Co of Geneva pocket watch (estimate $20,000 to $40,000) and an Audemars Piguet Limited Edition 18ct Rose Gold Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Automatic Bracelet Watch made in 1995 with an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 (pictured top).
Another pair is an Ernest Guinand for J.E. Caldwell & Co – a circa 1865 18K gold hunter cased chronometer, estimate $15,000 to $25,000 and a rare Audemars Piguet “Tourbillon Automatique” expected to go for $10,000 to $15,000.