485 lots

LOT 481

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019


18K white gold, self-winding, tonneau-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, with: World Time (outer revolving time zone disc with the name of 24 cities and hour-hand adjustable with the rectangular push-piece at 10 o’clock). Silver and black “guilloché” colour dial with radial applied white gold indexes.

Grading System: AAA

HKD 450,000 - 600000

CHF 56,250 - 75000

USD 57,350 - 76450

Brand Patek Philippe

Model World Time

Reference 5130 G-018

Year Circa 2012

Movement No. 5 697 056

Calibre  240 HU, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, Patek Philippe seal

Bracelet Black leather Patek Philippe strap, 18K white gold Patek Philippe de- ployant

Diameter 39.4 mm.

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Original fitted box, certificate of origin booklets

Patek Philippe, Reference 5130 G-18
The “Shanghai” World Time is a limited edition of 25 pieces only, made to commemorate the opening of the Maison Patek Philippe. It’s distingui- shed by two special features:
• The revolving 24-time zone disc indicates “Shanghai” rather than “Hong Kong”; it’s further highlighted in red, making it instantly recognisable. • The screw-down sapphire display back is decorated with an inscription celebrating the opening of the boutique. 
The Maison Patek Philippe in Shanghai was the first one to open in China. 

LOT 482

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019


18K yellow gold, pearl-set and enamel, open-face, key-winding, round- shaped, large pocket watch with centre-seconds, made for the Chinese market. Royal blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine- turning) case-back, with a large bunch of summer flowers; the painting on enamel on gold attributable to a Genevan painter on enamel.

Grading System: Exceptional

HKD 450,000 - 600000

CHF 56,250 - 75000

USD 57,350 - 76450

Brand Ilbery

Year Circa 1830-1835

Movement No. 6 650

Calibre  22’’’, duplex escapement

Case No. 6 650

Signature Movement

• Marouf, Dusseldorf (Germany), auction No. 2, October 3, 1970, lot 29 (illustrated on the back-cover). 
The Chinese and the Flowers 
Flowers have great symbolic importance for the Chinese. By their form, aspect, and fragrance, they are considered to be highly spiritual, reflecting the profound nature of the Chinese people. Poems and proverbs show the cultural importance of flowers: “There is no flower without beauty in the world”, “A flower gives us a glimpse of paradise”, etc. 
Certain flowers have a particular significance. The lotus symbolizes purity, the chrysanthemum perseverance, the plum blossom integrity, etc. The peony, with its generous forms, brilliant colours, and heady fragrance, became the most important flower for the Chinese. It is considered to symbolize wealth, nobility, power, and happiness. Known as the “queen of flowers”, the peony symbolizes wealth and distinction. 
Paintings of flowers are often hung in Chinese homes for good
 luck and in offices to bring success in business. The deep and
 rich symbolism the Chinese attached to flowers made them an ideal subject for expensive watches and those destined for exalted patrons, even for the Emperor himself. The symbolism of each flower would have been immediately recognized and appreciated by China’s elite, who would have seen in them a flattering reference to their own wealth and power. 
Ilbery, William (?-1839) 
Active in London from 1780. Following James Cox in London
 and Jaquet Droz in the Neuchâtel mountains and Geneva, he specialized in luxury watches made for the Chinese market. His early production was in the English style, with a full plate movement and an English type single wheel duplex escapement; however, 
for his highest quality watches he incorporated a spring detent escapement (Peto-type). The cases were in the style of those made in England at the time. Later, his watch movements were much inspired by the Lépine calibre with freestanding barrel, as were those of Jaquet Droz’s Swiss production signed in London and that of William Anthony, who worked in London. He set a new standard for watches made for the Eastern market. He had profusely engraved movements made in Switzerland, mainly in Fleurier, being followed in this by makers such as Bovet and Juvet. These watchmakers organized the mass production of silver-cased watches and later, once their Canton manufactures were opened, assembled them in China. Ilbery can therefore be considered the “father” of “Chinese” watches as they are known today. Ilbery’s watch cases were decorated by Geneva’s best enamellers, such as Jean-Francois-Victor Dupont and Jean-Louis Richter. He seems to have maintained close contacts with the continental trade, since a watch signed “Ilbery Paris” is known and “Ilbery & Son” are recorded in London and Fleurier, as well as in Canton. 

LOT 483

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019


Platinum, self-winding, tonneau-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, with one horological complication: World Time (outer revolving time zone disc with the name of 24 cities and hour-hand adjustable with the rectangular push-piece at 10 o’clock). Silver colour and polychrome cloisonné enamel dial, showing the Earth vow from the North Pole.

Grading System: Exceptional

HKD 900,000 - 1400000

CHF 113,000 - 177000

USD 115,000 - 180000

Brand Patek Philippe

Model World Time

Reference 5131 P

Year Circa 2017

Movement No. 7 094 279

Calibre  240 HU, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 6 positions, Patek Philippe seal

Case No. 6031377

Bracelet Integrated platinum Patek Philippe bracelet with double folding deployant clasp.

Diameter 40 mm.

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Original fitted box and certificate of origin

Patek Philippe, Reference 5131 
Released at Basel World in 2008 the Patek Philippe World Time with polychrome cloisonné enamel dial Ref. 5131 was promoted as much as a work of art as it was for any technical achievement.
Each dial is hand made by an artisan trained in enamelling and requires both artistic and chemical skills to mix the enamel correctly. Due to the lengthy process, high failure rate and lack of skilled artisans, Patek Philippe announced only a small number of the Ref. 5131 would be available each year. 
Similarities can instantly be drawn to the Patek Philippe World Time references of the 1940’s and 1950’s with enamel dials that influenced the 5131 such as the Ref. 2523. 

LOT 484

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019


Gilded bronze, white marble and glass, small 2-day going “George III” table-clock in the shape of a monstrance, with centre-seconds, off-set main dial for the time (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock), quarter-jumping seconds so-called diablotine (subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock), fast-and-slow regulation (subsidiary dial at 4 o’clock) and stop-watch (subsidiary dial at 8 o’clock). White enamel dial and movement fitted in a drum-shaped glazed cage standing on four chased dolphins, on a rectangular base ornamented with festoons. 21’’’, full plate, gilded brass, with going barrel, cylinder escapement (brass wheel), monometallic balance (polished steel) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded English cock with diamond end-stone decorated with scrolling foliage and fausse-plaque (false-plate) decorated en suite.

Grading System: Exceptional

HKD 200,000 - 280000

CHF 25,000 - 35000

USD 25,500 - 35700

Brand James Tregent

Year Circa 1790

Movement No. 2 554

Calibre  21’’’, cylinder escapement

Dimensions 222 x 130 x 80 mm.

Signature Dial and Movement

• Formerly Collection Antonio María Pérez de Olaguer Feliu (1907-1968), Barcelone; Spanish writer and Carlist militant. • Antiquorum, Geneva, auction, October 11, 1987, The Property of Mr. Pambukian and from various sources, lot 196. 
The subject of this clock symbolises Love’s triumph with its sacred urn supported by Venus’ dolphins.
 This clock is typical of James Tregent’s end-of-life production; a few rare examples are known, with more or less similar dials. The architecture of these precious clocks is always in monstrance, supported either by dolphins or cornucopia. 
Tregent, James 
James Tregent was a watchmaker of French extraction, first recorded in London in 1759. He was admitted Honorary Freeman of the Clockmaker’s Company of London in 1781 and died in 1808.
 He was a talented maker renowned for its well-proportioned cases with beautiful enamel dials; his movements were generally well designed and finely finished. Several longcase and bracket clocks are known, produced between 1760’s-1800’s. 
He made also enamel watches, with or without repeater, sometime with matching chatelaine, often decorated by the workshop of George Michael Moser (Victoria & Albert Museum; Toulouse, Musée Paul Dupuy).
 He was appointed “Watch Maker to Prince of Wales”, George Augustus Frederick (1762-1830), future George IV, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover (1820-1830). 
Tregent was known to have mixed in the most fashionable circles of the day, he was an intimate of David Garrick (1717-1779), English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer, Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (1751-1816), Irish satirist, playwright, poet and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal at Drury Lane, and also of other leading lights of the theatre.
With such a distinguished client base he was able to sell clocks of the finest quality, including those with the very latest enamel dials.
 His brother, Anthony Tregent, was an enameller and it is for his refined enamel dials that Tregent is justly renowned. Around 1760, he produced extraordinary snuffboxes with painted on their lids and side panels the ca-
lendar of the year, so-called “A New Year Gift”, or others with music scores.
 Richard C. R. Barder illustrates a fine Tregent World-time table clock with
 six hour-hands and a twenty-four hours enamel dial (see: The Georgian
 Bracket Clock, 1714-1830, Woodbridge, The Antique Collectors’ Club,
 1993, p. 98, pl. IV / 18).
 Tregent’s first premises were in London at 35 Strand, where he is recorded
 in 1775. From 1780 he was working at 35 Cranbourne Street, Leicester
• London, British Museum.
• London, Guildhall Museum.
• London, Science Museum.
• London, Victoria & Albert Museum (Inv. M.365-1923).
 • Toulouse, Musée Paul Dupuy (Inv. 18260).
 • Glasgow, The Dennison Collection.
 • The David Arthur Fasham Wetherfield († 1928) Collection of English Clocks. 

LOT 485

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019


Platinum and diamond-set, manual-winding, round-shaped, wristwatch, with subsidiary seconds at 9 and nine horological complications: • 1/5 second chronograph • Half-instantaneous 30-minute recorder • Perpetual calendar • Date of the month • Day of the week • Month of the year • Phases of the moon • Four-year cycle of leap-years • Diurnal (day-time) and nocturnal (night-time) hours with a 24-hour (AM-PM) scale (subsidiary dial at 9 o’clock) Polished two-piece case, water-resistant, with sapphire-crystal screwed case-back; bezel set with 36 baguette diamonds (total weight around 4 carats, Top Wesselton quality). Black colour lacquered dial with diamond-set indexes.

Grading System: Exceptional

HKD 1,300,000 - 2000000

CHF 162,500 - 250000

USD 165,650 - 254800

Brand Patek Philippe

Model Chronograph and Perpetual Calendar

Reference 5971 P-001

Year Circa 2009

Movement No. 3 931 135

Calibre  CH 27-70 Q

Case No.  4 484 965

Bracelet Black leather Patek Philippe strap, platinum and diamond-set Patek Philippe buckle (total weight around 0.28 carats, Top Wesselton quality)

Diameter 40 mm.

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Original fitted box and outer box, certificate of origin, instruction booklet, booklets, additional platinum case-back, platinum with cabochon sapphire-set and wood setting-pin, hang tag

The certificate mentioned that this watch was delivered to The Hour Glass, Sidney (Australia), and sold on October 13, 2009. 

Patek Philippe, Reference 5971 P, platinum chronograph with perpetual calendar 
The Ref. 5970 – a writs-chronograph with perpetual calendar – represents a “Must” in the production of the Genevan manufacture. This model is the heir to an impressive series of watches that have wrought – if need be! – the reputation of the brand among collectors. 
It all started in the 1940’s with the launch of Ref. 1518, which will be followed in the 1950’s by Ref. 2499, then in the 1980’s by the Ref. 3970. 
If these models are now highly coveted by amateurs, it is due to the fact that after the Second World War, Patek Philippe was the only watchmaker in the world to be able to produce in series this kind of parts, certainly in a few examples each year but of a remarkable quality of execution. 
The Ref. 5970 was launched in 2004 and will be produced until 2011. It remains today a very popular model among collectors, not only because its classic line is timeless but also because it incorporates the latest movements of manual-winding chronograph made by the manufacture (based on a highly improved Lémania calibre) – the Cal. CH 27-70 Q –, before Patek Philippe presents his own movement used for his new Ref. 5270. 
The Ref. 5971 was launched in 2007, with a platinum case, a bezel set with 36 baguette diamonds (total weight around 4 carats, Top Wesselton quality) and a black lacquered dial. It remains available in the product catalogue for just three years. It can therefore be reasonably assumed that the number of examples sold should not exceed one hundred units. 
The Ref. 5971 remains in the eyes of connoisseurs the “Classic column-wheel chronograph with perpetual calendar, accented by the eternal fire of diamonds”.