Christie’s watch auction 2014

Event on March 20 will feature 120 lots, including vintage, classical, modern and special editions by international watchmakers
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The sale will be highlighted by watches created by two leading brands: Harry Winston and Patek Philippe. The example of Patek Philippe's iconic reference 5971 is possibly one of the best kept secrets within this family. In fact, unknown within the collector's community and fully confirmed by the certificate from Patek Philippe, the present emerald-set reference 5971 is a true landmark as no more than 10 pieces have been manufactured. Fitted with 42 emeralds weighing approximately 3.33 carats, this watch is unworn and has a price estimate of $280,000 - $350,000
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In 2001, Harry Winston launched The Opus Series and partnered with some of the most revered independent watchmakers in the industry. The partnership with Jean-Francois Mojon resulted in a ground breaking accomplishment that is considered the essence of the Opus Series. Watch number 99 of 100 is in mint condition and is estimated at $70,000 - $100,000.
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The Breguet “Tradition” features a reversed movement to showcase its technical parts on the face. It is one of the new iconic models of Breguet and the sale includes both the automatic yellow gold version and the hand wound white gold model, with price estimate estimates of $10,000 - $15,000 each.
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Christie’s will offer 5 “out of the ordinary” Audemars Piguet royal oak offshore wristwatches, named after international renowned sportsmen. The first in the series dates from 5 March 2007 and honors the Brazilian Formula 1 driver Rubens Barichello and is Number 99 out of 500. Estimated at $30,000 - $50,000, its visual characteristics pay homage to the world of high performance and high speed engines.
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The unusual Cartier, stainless steel and sapphire watch, is set in a rectangular and reversible frame. Signed “Cartier Paris”, the tank Basculante Mecanique Model is from the Collection Privee and has an estimated price of $ 8,000 - $10,000
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Audemars Piguet commissioned Gerald Genta to design a luxury sports watch that would differentiate them from any other brands. produced 1,000 pieces (out of a yearly production of only around 6000 watches) of this new model featuring one of the most celebrated calibers ever - the self-winding caliber 2121. Audemars Piguet took the decision to increase the production to 2,000 pieces. A new trend was set and in 1976, the first variation of this model appeared on the market. The present watch is particularly appealing as it retains its original dial and bracelet which are quite rare to find on the market today. It will be auctioned at $10,000 - $15,000.