April 1, 2023

Continuing its Fall season following the groundbreaking WINNING ICONS auction in New York, the thematic “Heuer Parade” sale, and Geneva Watch Auction: SIX, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo announces Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE. Offering a selection of collectible timepieces, the sale will include vintage and contemporary wristwatches, as well as pocket watches and enamel clocks. Comprising 168 lots, the sale will be held at the Mandarin Oriental on 28 November 2017.

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE will also include a fine selection of timepieces in impeccable condition and with notable provenance, originating from the world’s foremost watchmakers, including independent contemporary innovators as well as historic firms. The selection was curated to meet the growing demand and evolving tastes of collectors from Asia and beyond, including the following additional highlights:

  • Patek Philippe. An important and extremely rare worldtime wristwatch with two crowns and guilloche dial, reference 2523, manufactured in 1953. HKD 10,000,000 – 20,000,000 / USD 1,250,000 – 2,500,000 (See picture above)
  • Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona “Tropical Lemon”. An extremely rare, fine and attractive 14k gold chronograph wristwatch with topical Paul Newman ‘lemon’ grené dial, white graphics and 14k gold bracelet, reference 6241, manufactured in 1969. HKD 1,600,000 – 3,200,000  / USD200,000 – 400,000
  • Patek Philippe. An early and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch tachometer scale, reference 1463, manufactured in 1942. HKD 1,600,000 – 3,200,000 / USD200,000 – 400,000
  • Patek Philippe. An important, probably unique, very attractive yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with Brequet numerals, reference 1579, manufactured in 1952. HKD 1,200,000 – 2,400,000 / USD150,000 – 300,000
  • Philippe Dufour, Simplicity. An extremely rare and fine pink gold wristwatch, with original certificate and presentation box, manufactured in 2012. HKD 960,000 – 1,440,000 / USD 120,000 – 180,000
  • Patek Philippe. A highly attractive, large and impressive platinum and diamond-set minute repeater perpetual calendar with moonphases, produced only upon special request, fitted presentation box with original certificate, reference 5073, manufactured in 2011. HKD 3,200,000 – 5,600,000 / USD 400,000 – 700,000
  • A. Lange & Söhne, The Lange 1 Tourbillon, “Handwerkskunst” from original owner. A very fine and rare limited edition platinum tourbillon wristwatch with black enamel dial, date and hacking mechanism, manufactured in 2014. HKD 1,300,000 – 1,800,000 / USD 162,500 – 225,000


26 November 2017: 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale
27 November 2017: Jewels and Jadeite,
28 November 2017: The Hong Kong Watch Auction: Five

Location: Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong

Asia Preview Tour

Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
As we’ve seen with the Lange Double Split, there’s not one, but two pillar wheels at the movement. As you can see on the picture above, this column wheel is directly connected to the 2 arms which control the splitting (or rattrapante) function: a few extremely finicky geometrics have come to play to prevent and let go of the wheel linked to one of both central chronograph seconds hands. The other column throughout the movement (the one to the left to the image below) functions as a normal chronograph function’s column wheel, responsible for stopping and starting the chronograph itself.There are simple moves that amaze with their completing and you will find not-so-amazingly finished complex movements that amaze with their mind-boggling layout. The Tourbograph merges the two and creates a watch that’s a sensual overload with a window on a world where magnificent surface decorations and treatments match with a few of the hard geometrics and interactions of components.It is filigree and yet rocky in a way few motions with ~700 components are. All the components appear to have substantial quantity to them, nearly begging the question why so many different movements we view incorporate fragile-looking small springs and cams in their own design. The Tourbograph resembles a beautifully decorated machine which dwarfs other movements.Hidden deep inside the bowels of this L133.1 is a fusée and string transmission system, designed to ensure a more even delivery of torque because the mainspring unwinds over its brief, 36-hour power book — 36 hours is indeed short, however a shorter than average power reserve is not exactly unusual among such exceptionally complicated movements. The series itself is 636 components, but Lange counts it as one (yes, one) part from the 684 component count of the movement itself.
4 – 5 November 2017, 11am – 6pm SST

Bellavita Gallery, B1/F, No. 28, Songren Road, Taipei, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
18 – 19 November 2017, 11am – 6pm CST

Hong Kong
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 1/F & 2/F, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong
23 – 26 November, 10am – 6pm HKT