Sotheby’s 2012 Sotheby’s European Watch Auction Exceeds $ 30.3 Million

A group of Patek Philippe antique watches shined in the auction and achieved the highest price on the day. A special example, a Patek Philippe 2524/1 watch sold by Tiffany & Co Tiffany & Co. was auctioned off by a telephone bidder for 542,500 Swiss francs ($ 571,328) after a fierce competition, which is an estimate More than double the price (lot 158, estimated 250,000-350,000 Swiss francs / 267,000-374,000 US dollars).
Possibly the only dial known to bear the ‘Tiffany & Co’ trademark, this custom-made 18K gold watch with a movement built in 1954 was assembled in 1961.
A very rare first waterproof watch with the number 2438-1 (Lot 156), sold for CHF 278,500 (USD 293,299), exceeding the pre-auction estimate of CHF 200,000-300,000 (USD 214,000-321,000) . This exquisite center seconds 18K gold moon phase watch was manufactured in 1958 and is sold by Tiffany & CO Tiffany.
Other highlights in this auction include an exquisite Patek Philippe watch 530 dating back to about 1940 in 18K yellow gold (lot 256). Nearly three times the previous estimate; and another 3448 white gold watch, manufactured in 1977, sold for CHF 242,500 (USD 255,386), with an estimated price of CHF 180,000-250,000 (USD 193,000-267,000).
Probably the most attractive on the market in recent years, number 3450, a very delicate gold automatic perpetual calendar watch, produced around 1985 (lot 157), with almost no wear and tear, and sold for 182,500 Swiss francs ($ 192,198) ), Slightly higher than its higher valuation of 120,000-180,000 Swiss francs ($ 129,000-193,000).
Vacheron Constantin, one of the world’s oldest fine watch manufacturers, also presented precious antique watches at this auction. Vacheron Constantin’s Minute Repeater is a representative of complex functions. Lots include the first famous watch number 4261 produced by the Geneva watchmaker. Made in 1943, this extremely rare 18K rose gold repeater (Lot 248) was sold for CHF 242,500 (USD 255,386), far exceeding its estimated value (estimated CHF 130,000-150,000 / USD 139,000-161,000).
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Hamilton’s New Jazzmaster Regulator Asymmetric Timepiece Appreciation

The design of Hamilton Jazzmaster Regulator is a bit ridiculous. The minute hand and the hour hand are separated, creating a striking asymmetrical design. This series of watches underscores the brand’s highly respected technological wisdom, making traditional timepieces avant-garde and fashionable, which has aroused enthusiasm in the city. The main character this time is the adjustment movement, which brings infinite possibilities to the appearance design of the watch, and achieves an extraordinary timepiece with accurate performance and elegant style. The shape is elegant.

Reliable performance from generation to generation

 This precision-adjusted watch came out in the late 17th century, and watchmakers around the world also use it to verify the running speed of the factory watch. Hamilton has won the reputation of ‘accurate railway watch’ since the 1890s. This model is an important masterpiece of the brand. It has won the trust of railway personnel for many years and has made a significant contribution to maintaining railway safety. The unique H-12 movement is assembled on the Hamilton Jazzmaster Regulator watch, with a unique surface appearance and an anti-traditional minute hand position. The minute and hour hands are mounted on different shafts and small disks, which makes viewing minutes more convenient. The novel design is at the forefront of the trend, but the accuracy is as reliable as ever. It is most suitable for modern busy life, allowing you to grasp every minute and every second without any compromise.

Asymmetric beauty

 There are three models of the Hamilton Jazzmaster Regulator series, each of which is also a combination of tradition and fashion. The silver or blue surface is set with dazzling digital hour markers. The overall design is based on contrast. For example, the surface uses a double-layer concept. The time dial is made of polished silver and equipped with opalite mirror. The hour plate is placed sideways in the traditional position of 45 to 60 minutes, highlighting the asymmetrical beauty. Available with leather or stainless steel straps, this collection follows the classic style, interpreting subtle beauty and accuracy.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Regulator fact sheet

Case size: 42 mm

Material: stainless steel

Surface tone: Silver or blue applique hour-markers / Silver applique rose gold-plated indexes

Strap: black leather / brown leather / stainless steel five-row strap

Movement: H-12

Crystal: Non-reflective coated sapphire crystal

Water resistance: 5 bar (50 meters)

Suggested retail price: HKD 9,750-10,400