Antiquorum will host Monaco’s first significant watch auction of the year with Patek Philippe and F. P. Journe pieces headlining its sale taking place in-person at the Yacht Club and online on Tuesday, January 18, at 10am EST.
Patek Philippe’s Nautilus with a Tiffany Blue dial may be the most desirable watch of today and that could spark additional interest in a 175th anniversary Nautilus Ref. 3800 in stainless steel, sold by Tiffany & Co., and double signed on its dark blue dial.
It goes under the hammer with an estimate of $91,000 to $136,000.
That is not the most expensive Patek Philippe on the block. That honor goes to another 175th anniversary piece from 2014, this time a platinum tonneau shaped Ref. 5275P-001 chiming jumping hour watch.
The rare piece, with its ornately decorated dial, goes to auction with the top estimate of $368,000 to $630,000 and could become the first seven-figure sale of the year.
Antiquorum will be hoping that an F. P. Journe Repetition Minute Souveraine N.005 in stainless steel will also top a million dollars, although it is being advertised with a pre-sale estimate of $284,000 to $570,000.
First launched in 2008, this reference was at the time the thinnest minute repeater available on the market at 8.65mm.
There is growing belief that demand for exceptional Omega and Cartier watches will drive auction prices to new records this year, and Antiquorum will test that theory with a number of watches including a rare Speedmaster Professional described as a possibly unique and previously unknown prototype made for the brand’s 150th anniversary in 1998. The Speedmaster Apollo / Soyuz N°499 in steel has an estimate of $33,900 to $68,000.
The top-ranked Cartier is an 18ct gold Tank with small seconds expected to sell for $33,900 to $68,000.
No sale would be complete without a line up of Rolex watches, and Antiquorum is most excited about a tropical dialed Ref. 6263 Paul Newman Daytona, which has been given an estimate of $340,000 to $680,000.