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NOTEWORTHY CONSIGNMENTS FOR THE 94th AUCTION ON NOVEMBER 12, 2016 HOTEL SHERATON FRANKFURT AIRPORT

Noteworthy consignments are presented on the following pages of our NEWS 07/2016:

A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte i/SA, „LANGE 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst", Movement No. 99559, Case No. 212609, Ref. 720.048FE, Cal. L082.1, 41,5 mm, circa 2014
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An important, extremely rare automatic Glashuette wristwatch in practically new condition, with tourbillon with patented stop-seconds mechanism, perpetual calendar with outsize date, retrograde day-of-week display, peripheral month ring and leap-year display, day/night indicator and moon phase - limited platinum edition no. 09 of 15 - with original box and integrated watch winder, operating instructions, guarantee, signed certificate of the master engraver, Lange booklet, setting pin, loupe and cleaning cloth.

This is the first time ever a watch of this kind is being presented at an auction!

Case: platinum, sapphire glass screw on back, Lange platinum deployant clasp. Dial: solid white gold, matted, florally engraved, eccentric radial Roman hours, power reserve indicator, large double window for date with hand-painted blue numerals, white gold leaf hands. Movm.: engraved 21k gold and platinum micro rotorwind, German silver, 5 adj., 75 rubies and 1 diamond, 14 screwed gold chatons, Gyromax balance with in-house balance spring, hand-engraved balance cock.

This Handwerkskunst edition, limited to 15 watches in platinum cases, has a solid white-gold dial. It is lavishly decorated with tremblage and a manually executed, remarkable three-dimensional relief engraving. The hand-painted numerals of the characteristic outsize date are noteworthy as well. Inside the movement, the tourbillon and intermediate wheel cocks as well as the rotor are handengraved. The three segments of the three-quarter plate are decorated with solarisation.

The solid white-gold dial of the Lange 1 „Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst" is decorated with elaborate tremblage and relief techniques. The calendar displays with the patented peripheral month ring are harmoniously embedded in the dial. It delivers at-a-glance readings of the date, day of week, month, leap year and moon phases. To prevent any impairment of the good legibility of the dial, the tourbillon mechanism with the patented stop-seconds function is visible only from the caseback side of the Lange 1 „Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst". The relief-engraved tourbillon and intermediate wheel cocks frame the tourbillon ensemble that is composed of 69 individual parts. The upper part of the tourbillon cage is graced with black polishing, probably the most challenging type of finissage.

The large central rotor in 21-carat gold with a platinum centrifugal mass features a free-hand engraving. It generates a fully-wound power reserve of 50 hours. Each of the three train bridges is embellished with solarisation.

Source: https://www.alange-soehne.com/en/timepieces/ lange-1/#lange-1-tourbillon-perpetual-calendar- handwerkskunst, as of 08/17/2016. 43202

Patek Philippe Genève, Movement No. 5630839, Case No. 4555229, Ref. 5131G-001, Cal. 240 HU, 39,5 mm, circa 2012
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A gentleman‘s as new, extremely rare, automatic Geneva wristwatch „World Time Map" with world time indicator and cloisonné enamel dial featuring a miniature map of Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania - sold on February 20, 2012 - with original box, original certificate and operating instructions

Case: 18k white gold, glazed screw back, 18k Patek Philippe white gold deployant clasp. Dial: silvered with polychrome cloisonné enamel centre depicting a miniature map of Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Movm.: 22k gold micro rotorwind movement.

Patek Philippe's reference 5131G-001 in 18k white gold with handcrafted cloisonné enamel dial was first launched at Baselworld 2008. Due to its incredible complexity, only a few pieces of this reference are produced every year.

The watch uses the case and the movement of the popular and reliable world time reference 5130. It was originally available in yellow gold only with a map showing the Americas, Europe and Africa. A year later a white gold version was introduced with a cloisonné map of Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Production is slow and the waiting lists are very long – however, the handcrafted cloisonné enamel dial makes each every one of these watches a truly unique piece of beauty. 43195

Patek Philippe Genève, Movement No. 5852133, Case No. 6016240, Ref. 5131J-014, Cal. 240 HU, 39,5 mm, circa 2014

A gentleman's extremely rare Geneva wristwatch „World Time Map", as new, with world time display and cloisonné enamel dial showing a miniature map of America, Africa and Europe – sold on November 21, 2014 – with original box and certificate and owner's handbook. This is one of the rarest world time watches; production of reference 5131J-014 started in 2012 and was discontinued in 2014.

Case: 18k gold, glazed screw back, 18k Patek Philippe gold deployant clasp. Dial: 18k gold, polychrome cloisonné enamel centre depicting a miniature map of North and South America and Europe. Movm.: 22k gold micro rotorwind movement. The mechanism of the Patek Philippe reference 5131J-014 with its permanent display of all 24 time zones and the easy adjustment of the local time is a technical masterpiece that pleases any connoisseur of useful complications. At the same time the watch wows the lovers of fine art with its incredibly beautiful cloisonné enamel dial.

This gentleman's rare and highly sought after wristwatch is an updated version of reference 5131J- 001. The difference to the original model is that three cities have been changed: Dubai was replaced by Moscow, Moscow was replaced by Riyadh and Caracas was replaced by La Paz. Local time is indicated by the two hands – the city is located on the city ring directly above 12 o'clock. The crown sets the exact time in connection with the 24 hour ring for the day and night hours. Changing from one time zone to another is done by pressing the pusher at 10 o'clock – each push moves the hour hand one hour forward, while the city ring and the 24 hour ring move anticlockwise by one hour (i.e., one time zone).

This construction was developed in the early 1930s by the exceptionally gifted watchmaker and inventor Louis Cottier in Geneva. He was the first to offer this design to Patek Philippe and in 1959 the company protected the invention with a Swiss patent.

Later Cottier produced another mechanism that was capable of showing two time zones simultaneously. This was the principle that was used in the development of the Calatrava Travel Time. 43196

Hanau / attributed to Johann Daniel Berneaud, 89 x 62 x 20 mm, 167 g, circa 1830
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An exquisite and extremely rare German snuff box in four-colour gold, with polychrome enamel miniature "The Mameluke"

Case: 18k gold, enamel miniature with signature "B.px.", attributed to Johann Daniel Berneaud (1773-1861).

Rectangular box with round corners, hinged lid with rectangular enamel miniature of a mounted Mameluke leading a white horse, in a narrow blue enamel border surrounded by chased flowers and tendrils on a sable ground. The back shows a central chased bouquet of summer flowers in fourcolour gold encircled by polished meanders and tendrils that are repeated on the sides of the box.

Johann Daniel Berneaud (born 1773 in Hanau, died 1861 in Hanau) trained as an enamel painter in Geneva and worked with Antoine Carteret for some time. Around 1814 he returned to his native town of Hanau and worked for several manufacturers of gold goods. Berneaud decorated a number of gold boxes with his paintings; he favoured allegorical motifs and flowers. It is said that Goethe was one of Berneaud's admirers. This was also the time when Berneaud began receiving commissions from the Turkish sultanate. 43157

Probably Hanau, flange number 3070, 87 x 58 x 19 mm, 117 g, circa 1820

A very fine gold and enamel snuff box with four colour gold decoration and polychrome enamel miniature "Garden View of Pillnitz Castle near Dresden"

Case: gold, maker's mark illegible. Rectangular box with round corners, allover gold ornamentation with chased floral motif, engineturned pattern on sides and back, hinged lid with rectangular enamel medallion, polychrome miniature painting showing Castle Pillnitz near Dresden with staffage figures.

Pillnitz Castle is a restored Baroque palace at the eastern end of the city of Dresden in the German state of Saxony. It is located on the bank of the River Elbe in the former village of Pillnitz. Pillnitz Castle was the summer residence of many electors and kings of Saxony; it is also known for the Declaration of Pillnitz in 1791. The Pillnitz Castle complex consists of three main buildings, the Riverside Palace (Wasserpalais) on the riverfront; the Upper Palace (Bergpalais) on the hillside, both Baroque with Chinoiserie elements; and the later Neoclassical New Palace (Neues Palais), which links them together on the east side. The buildings enclose a Baroque garden and are surrounded by a large public park. Today, the palace houses the Arts and Crafts Museum (Kunstgewerbemuseum) of the Dresden State Art Collections and a Palace Museum (Schlossmuseum). Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/Pillnitz_Castle, as of 06/24/2016. 43158

Master's mark „CCS" (Charles Colins & Söhne, Hanau) / attributed to Johann Daniel Berneaud, 91 x 61 x 20 mm, 133 g, circa 1830

An exquisite and extremely rare German snuff box in two-colour gold with polychrome enamelling "Bouquet of Summer Flowers"

Case: 18k gold, master's mark "CCS" (Charles Colins & Söhne, Hanau), enamel miniature with signature "B.px.", attributed to Johann Daniel Berneaud (1773-1861).

Rectangular box with round corners, hinged lid with oval enamel miniature of a vase with a bouquet of summer flowers, in a narrow blue enamel border surrounded by chased flowers and volutes on a sable ground, partly decorated with blue enamelling. The back and the sides are decorated with a stylised floral engine-turned pattern and exquisitely engraved with volutes; the round corners are ornamented with chased butterflies. 43159

Charles Frodsham, By Appointment to the King, 27 South Molton Street, London, Movement No. 09973-61435 AD.Fmsz, Case No. 09973, 58 mm, 192 g, circa 1925
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An important, heavy precision pocket watch with one minute tourbillon, English lever escapement and 24h power reserve indicator, formerly awarded the Kew A Certificate. This watch was submitted for chronometer testing at Kew Observatory between March 2nd and April 15th, 1926. With extract of the archives and copy of the Frodsham records

Case: 18k gold, monogram "RS" on the back side, case maker's punch mark "RN" (Robert Benson North, proprietor of North & Sons 1917-1933, successors to Nicole, Nielsen & Company). Dial: silvered, ground. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, optionally keywind or crownwind, chain/fusee, finely polished steel tourbillon cage of Nielsen type 1 with polished screws, English lever escapement with a counterpoised gold weight, Guillaume gold screw compensation balance, freesprung blued balance spring. Described in "The Frodshams" by Vaudrey Mercer, pp. 218 and 280.

Charles Frodsham (1810-1871) was a maker of very fine watches, originally of the Strand, London, and then New Bond Street. His best quality watches bear the letters AD.Fmsz, which is interpreted as 1850, the year he bought J.R. Arnold's estate after his death; the firm was known for a short period as Arnold and Frodsham. He conducted many experiments with compensated balances and the balance spring to discover their underlying principles; he also wrote several papers on technical subjects. Robert Benson North (1867 - 1929) received his technical training at the British Horological Institute and won a number of prizes for both his theoretical and his practical work during his time at the institute. North accepted the position as Director and Manager of Nicole Nielsen & Co. in 1898; in 1900 he became Managing Director of the company. Not only did North devote his experience and his skills to the company, in 1903 he also took out an important patent no 6737 for "Improvements in Revolving Escapements for Watches and other Portable Timekeepers". Many of the firm's most complicated high-value watches were produced during that period of time; Nicole Nielsen & Co. were also famous for their collection of magnificent silver carriage clocks with tourbillon lever escapements. From 1905 on the company was known as North & Sons and Watford Speedometers. Robert Benson North was appointed Director and Chairman of Charles Frodsham & Co., Ltd in 1922. After North's death in 1929, his son Robert Benson North took over his position in the company. 43063

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