Sotheby's Hong Kong - Spring Sales 2008 Sotheby’s Hong Kong is proud to announce that its Spring Sales 2008 will be held at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th April 2008.
is a playfully
impressive 26.5mm x 19.81mm x 9.8mm asymmetrically-shaped pendant.
Another highlight of the sale is a Very Fine Pair of Jadeite
Double-hoops and Diamond Pendent Earrings (estimate
upon request). The luminous jadeite double-hoops,
approximately 19mm in diameter and 5mm thick, are of the highest
craftsmanship and quality. These translucent emerald green
earrings are highly valued by collectors for their exquisite style and
vivid, evocative colour.
IMPORTANT WATCHES SALE
Following the outstanding success of Sotheby’s Autumn 2007 sale of Important Watches, the
Spring 2008 sale will present two auctions dedicated to the most prominent collections of
modern timepieces by renowned watchmakers in recent years. With over 220 lots on offer, the
sales are expected to achieve in excess of HK$56 million.
(A) Legacy of a Collector – an exquisite family collection from Asia
The season is highlighted by an exquisite thematic auction, Legacy of a Collector, which is
devoted to the impeccable taste and unwavering passion of an Asian watch connoisseur. This
family collection of 12 exceptionally rare and fine modern wristwatches, which includes 8 Patek
Philippe time pieces, demonstrates significant advances in horological technology spanning two
decades. As a testament to the enduring legacy of this distinguished family collection, a
portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to an approved charity at the seller’s
The star lot of this collection is a Patek Philippe Ref. 5002P
Sky Moon Tourbillon (est. HK$8–12 million), making its
first appearance at auction in Asia. Launched in 2001, the
Ref. 5002 is the most sophisticated masterpiece ever made by
Patek Philippe, and the first double-dialled wristwatch produced
by the company. Housing 12 impressive complications in a
superbly crafted platinum case, this highly coveted Patek
Philippe is extremely rare, with the annual production limited to
only 2 pieces.
The reverse dial displays a mesmerizing canopy of stars, a complication, first patented in 2000 for
the renowned “Star Calibre” watch. Only one of Patek Philippe’s 186 master watchmakers is
capable of attaining the high-skill level required for Ref. 5002’s complex production. The Ref.
5002 is arguably the most significant modern timepiece to appear in recent international auctions.
The collection also showcases the platinum A. Lange &
Söhne Tourbograph “Pour Le Mérite” (pictured right; est.
HK$3.5–4.2 million), a sought-after piece amongst serious
watch aficionados. The pinnacle of this state-of-the-art
German watchmaker’s range, the Tourbograph was
manufactured in 2005 for the 15th anniversary of the brand’s
new manufactory, and only 51 pieces in platinum are
planned for production. The Tourbograph couples traditional
watch making with modern advances, incorporating the
tourbillon with the intricate chain and fusée mechanism, thus
perfecting long-term accuracy. The split seconds chronograph brings added functionality,
securing this timepiece the prestigious attribution of ‘Pour Le Mérite’ - a reference to the German
order of merit in watch making. This complex, exclusive marvel is expected to spur intense
(B) Important Watches
In addition to the Patek Philippe pieces offered in the thematic
sale, another magnificent limited edition of Patek Phillipe Ref.