Sotheby’s latest Important Watches sale, which took place on April 4, raked in an impressive HK$57,990,000 ($7,470,000).
The top lot was the Cartier “Flamingo and Lotus Automaton Clock”, which sold for $530,000. Sotheby’s describes the timepiece as, among other things, a “superb and very rare yellow gold, diamond” clock.
The rare Flamingo clock has an 18k yellow gold rectangular base set with onyx and gray mottled hard-stone – one housing the power supply inside an opening drawer, the top of the base in mother-of-pearl, with a large yellow diamond and diamond-set lotus, its ten petals opening to reveal the dial. On the top, there is a large flamingo standing on one leg, set throughout with brilliant-cut diamonds, its plumage set with square-cut sapphires, rubies and emeralds, the beak of pink hard-stone and onyx, with sapphire eyes.
Another stunning timepiece sold is a rare and ink gold wristwatch made in 2008 by Richard Mille, which sold for approximately $36,800,000. The watch features 37 jewels, an 18k pink gold tonneau-form case, a sapphire crystal display back secured by 12 screws, and an 18k pink gold Richard Mille folding buckle.
Another noteworthy sale was a Patek Philippe wristwatch with retrograde date, moon-phases and leap year indicator made in 2008, which sold for approximately $35,000. The watch features 39 jewels, a black dial applied pink gold Breguet numerals, an 18k pink gold tonneau-form case and an 18k pink gold Patek Philippe buckle.