Bonhams presents its first watch auction, Hong Kong Watches 1.0, under the leadership of Tim Bourne, International Director of Watches, Asia and Sharon Chan, Director of Watches Asia. The sale headlines with seven exceptional wristwatches making their worldwide auction debuts.
Taking place on Saturday 24 November in Hong Kong, the auction features a collection in excess of 180 pieces that span across traditional watch-making to more cutting-edge and contemporary designs.
"Bonhams is delighted to establish itself once again as a major force in the Asian watch auction market. Our first sale introduces a multitude of fresh and exciting pieces to the market, from prototypes to unique pieces, which will appeal to first time auction buyers and seasoned collectors across the region and globally," comments Tim Bourne, International Director of Watches, Asia who was appointed in February this year.
"Bonhams Watches is well-positioned for tremendous growth in the Asia market, a long-standing hub for the greater watch industry," further adds Sharon Chan, Director of Watches, Asia.
The collection of wristwatches making their worldwide auction debuts range from classic complications to the most pioneering, avant-garde designs by the world's most celebrated traditional and independent watch manufacturers, including:
- Cartier, A Superbly Rare, Limited Edition Platinum and Baguette Diamond-Set Double Tourbillon Mystery Wristwatch, "Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon", No. 3/20, Circa 2014; estimate upon request
- A. Lange & Söhne, A Limited Edition Honey Gold Split Second Chronograph Tourbillon Wristwatch with Fusée-and-Chain and Power Reserve Indication, "The Honey Gold Pour le Merité", No. 3/50, Case No. 150103 with box and certificate; estimated at HK$2,000,000-4,000,000
-Breguet, A Very Rare and Fine Platinum Automatic Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Retrograde Date, Equation of Time and Leap Year Indication, "Equation Marchante - Horloger De La Marine" Ref. 5887, Circa 2017; estimated at HK$900,000-1,500,000
- Hublot, An Extremely Rare King Gold, Titanium and Carbon Fiber Limited Edition Skeletonised Minute Repeating Chronograph Tourbillon Wristwatch with Cathedral Gongs, "Big Bang King Power", No. 03/10, Circa 2017; estimated at HK$765,000-1,500,000
- Richard Mille, An Extremely Rare and Unique Pink Gold, Orange Sapphire and Black Diamond Two Time Zone Tourbillon Semi-Skeletonised Wristwatch with Power Reserve and Torque Indicators, RM003 Evolution II, Circa 2017; estimate upon request
- Richard Mille, A "Prototype" Titanium Semi-skeletonised Automatic Chronograph Wristwatch with Date, RM011-03T Prototype PRO3 Felipe Massa, Circa 2010; estimated at HK$1,100,000-2,000,000
- Urwerk, UR-1001 "Zeit Device Über Complication", An Exceptionally Rare, Limited Edition ALTiN-Coated Stainless Steel Annual Calendar Watch with Revolving Satellite Hour and Month Displays, Retrograde Minutes and Date, Day-Night, Power Reserve Indications, "Oil Change", 100-Year and 1000-Year Indicators, Limited to 8 pieces, Circa 2012; estimated at HK$1,200,000 - 1,600,000
Transcending the art of jewelry and Haute Horlogerie, the sale also features two spectacular diamond wristwatches by watchmakers, including:
- Vacheron Constantin, A Sensational and Extremely Rare Large White Gold and Diamond Set Bracelet Watch, "Kalla Duchesse", Ref. 81750/S01G-9198, Circa 2016; estimate at HK$3,500,000-5,000,000
- "The Magnificent Ice Cube", Case and Movement by Chopard, Bracelet by Moussaieff, A Superb, Unique and Extraordinary White and Pink Gold, Diamond and Pink Diamond-Set Lady's Bracelet Watch, "Ice Cube", Circa 2000; estimated at HK$2,000,000-3,000,000
Responding to the strong market appetite, the sale presents exceptionally rare pieces by Rolex and Patek Philippe, including:
- Patek Philippe, A Rare Platinum Automatic Minute Repeating Wristwatch with Enamel Dial, Ref. 5078P, Circa 2015; estimated at HK$1,900,000-2,800,000
- Patek Philippe, A Rare Platinum Automatic Wristwatch with Enamel Dial, Ref. 5088/100P-001, Circa 2015; estimated at HK$680,000-900,000
- Rolex, "The Jean-Claude Killy Ref: 5036", A Very Rare Yellow Gold Triple Calendar Chronograph Anti-magnetique Wristwatch with Original Owners Historical Documentation, Circa 1949; estimated at HK$550,000-1,150,000
Year: Circa 2017
Calibre: RM003V2, manual winding
Dial: Semi-skeletonised, Arabic numerals, outer minute track, sapphire crystal plate indicating the secondary time zone, two sectors, one for power reserve and the other for torque indicator, visible one minute tourbillon, WNH selector for Winding, Neutral and Hands, signed
Case: Length 48mm, iconic 18k pink gold tonneau shaped case set throughout with calibré-cut orange sapphires, embellished with round cut black diamonds, glazed display case back, signed
Strap: Rubber with diamond set pink gold and titanium Richard Mille deployant clasp
Accompaniments: Richard Mille presentation case and certificate of guarantee.
Richard Mille's RM003 was first released in 2002, based on the RM002, which heralded the maker's transition from using brass baseplates to titanium ones, and as in the present example, carbon nanofiber baseplates, as built by movement manufacturers Renaud et Papi. The present example, the RM003 is slightly larger than its predecessor and incorporates a tourbillon and sapphire crystal disc for the dual-time zone indication operated through a rectangular pusher on the left case band. This pioneering wristwatch also features a clutch-like function selector, enabling the wearer to engage the crown in (H) gear to set the hands, (W) gear to wind the movement and (N) gear to fully disengage, thus minimizing the point of stress on the winding stem and any unnecessary force exerted on the watch mechanism's components. Two additional gauges measure the watch's power reserve and the torque or tension in the mainspring.
Always seeking to incorporate new techniques and processes drawn from the Formula 1 and automotive world with traditional Swiss watchmaking, Richard Mille's "Racing Machines on the Wrist" hold tremendous appeal with a new generation of collectors. Richard Mille's iconic timepieces endeavor to be "sophisticated, practical, easy to use, and comfortable on the wrist."