Our November Highlights
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
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
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
handwerkskunst, as of 08/17/2016.
Patek Philippe Genève, Movement No. 5630839, Case No.
4555229, Ref. 5131G-001, Cal. 240 HU, 39,5 mm, circa 2012
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Hanau / attributed to Johann Daniel Berneaud,
89 x 62 x 20 mm, 167 g, circa 1830
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
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.
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
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
as of 06/24/2016.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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