Masterpieces of English watchmaking highlight the New York Fine Timepieces sale by Heritage Auctions
May 23, 2017: An extremely rare and impressive timepiece highlights a group of masterpieces from English watchmakers at Heritage Auctions’ Watches and Fine Timepieces Auction in New York on June 6.
The French Royal Exchange, a highly important and unique Eight-Day Running Silver Fusee Pocket Chronometer, circa 1826, (est. $8,000-12,000) with eight-day running capability, can be considered one of a kind. During the Royal Observatory timing trials in 1825 Mr. J.M. French, Royal Exchange, won first prize having been only six tenths of a second in the 12 months on its mean daily rate; three tenths during the last nine months; and under one tenth of a second during the last four months of the trial.
Additionally timepieces such as the Charles Frodsham Exceptional & Rare Gold Keyless Lever Chronograph, By appointment to the King, 27 South Molton St. London (est. $6,000-8,000), the Chas. Frodsham 27 South Molton St. London Extraordinary Gold Keyless Lever, circa 1912 and the Nicole Nielsen & Co. 14 Soho Sq. London Fine Gold Split Seconds Chronograph, circa 1890's (est. $5,000-6,000) all feature exceptional movement and superb dials.
Collectors also will note the inclusion of a stunning Patek Philippe Very Fine Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar With Moon Phases & AM/PM Indication (est. $25,000-30,000) along with an unused Patek Philippe Single Sealed Platinum Annual Calendar Chronograph (est. $45,000-50,000) and a Patek Philippe Very Fine Gold Automatic Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch With Moon Phases & 24 Hour Indication (est. $50,000-55,000).
A historically-significant Longines Very Fine And Rare Large 14K Gold Wrist-Chronograph Circa 1917 For The Russian Market (est. $14,000-18,000) also makes its first appearance with Heritage Auctions. This Hunter pocket chronograph in gold 585 (14ct) transformed into a wrist chronograph is in amazingly pristine condition. Based on the Longines archive, its delivery predates the Russian Revolution.
The Audemars Piguet Exquisite Skeletonized Quantieme Perpetual Moonphase 18K Gold Pocket Watch, circa 1982 (est. $20,000-25,000), an excellent example of skeletonized craftsmanship, is also a part of the auction.