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Sale of the Week, April 7-13: Vintage Timepieces at Antiquorum New York

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SALE: Antique and Vintage Timepieces

LOCATION: Antiquorum New York

DATE: April 10

ABOUT: Watch lovers will descend on New York next week for Antiquorum’s vintage timepiece sale. In addition to the standout cover lot, a 1951 Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in pink gold (est. $400,000-600,000), the sale includes a number of timepieces made by the legendary Danish watchmaker Svend Andersen.

The above pictured piece is the Montre à Tact, No. 15/33 — a self-winding 18K white gold wristwatch featuring a dual digital time display on an 18K white gold dial with feathered sunburst pattern (est. $15,000-20,000). According to Antiquorum, the decorative technique can be dated back to 17th-century Japan, where it was used for sword fittings.

One of the more interesting pieces on offer, particularly for those with an affinity for Russia, is an Ulysse Nardin Ref. 139-10ST. Basil Red Square Platinum, special edition 06/30 (est. $70,000-100,000). The limited-edition watch was made in 2005 on the 200th anniversary of the Kremlin and features a depiction of the St. Basel Cathedral at Red Square. As a bonus, the purchases gets the original box “in the shape of a multi-layer blue translucent enamel Egg of the Tsars decorated with diamonds showing the gates and towers of the Kremlin.”

— Shane Ferro

(Image: Svend Andersen Montre à Tact Mokume designed by Walter Haselberger, Antiquorum Auctions)

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