One Of the World's Only Three Known Patek Philippe Ref 5033p Minute Repeater in Black & Diamond at Bonhams

One of the world's only three known examples of the Patek Philippe ref. 5033P with black dial and diamond-set platinum case, is appearing at Bonhams Hong Kong Watches sale on 20 June 2021. Produced in 2002, the ref. 5033P was Patek Philippe's first wristwatch to combine a minute repeater with an annual calendar which requires to be adjusted only once a year. Powering the heartbeat is one of the maison's most complicated movements Cal. R27 PS QA, consisting of 483 components and an extra gong to give a richer and more resonant chime. Only a total of about 80 pieces – mostly with a silver dial – had ever been created before all versions of this technically-refined reference were discontinued in 2012. This star piece however has a black dial with a diamond-set case – a combination so rare that it was produced for just one year, with only two other examples known to have been offered on the market. This exceptional watch carries an estimate of HK$4,300,000-5,200,000.

Sharon Chan, Bonhams Director of Watches Asia, commented: "Despite the unique titanium 5033 achieving HK$15million at auction last year, the black-dial-and-diamond 5033P we are offering in the June sale is comparably rare – only three examples have ever emerged onto the market. We expect a lot of interest from collectors who wish to acquire one of the rarest minute-repeating Patek Philippe wristwatches with an annual calendar complication and ultimately – the highest level of craftsmanship."

The Wave of Nautilus and Royal Oak

A Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3800/001, a fine and rare white gold bracelet watch with diamond indexes and date display, circa 1994. Estimate: HK$650,000-1,000,000. The ref. 3800 enjoyed a relatively long run of production in the Nautilus family, but only the early examples were made with precious metal. This piece in 18K white gold and the much sought-after blue dial is an outstanding example, with no more than five pieces appearing in the market before.

Audemars Piguet. Royal Oak 5402ST B series, an extremely rare and one of the earliest known produced stainless steel 'Jumbo Royal Oak' bracelet watch, 1972. Estimate: HK$650,000-1,000,000. The original Royal Oak, known otherwise as 'Jumbo Royal Oak', were released in four series, each named with an alphabet A, B, C or D. The rarest of all is the B series, with only about 1,000 pieces made. This watch is one of the earliest known stainless steel B series watches, which remains in extraordinarily good condition and is accompanied by its certificate and presentation box from Audemars Piguet detailing its originality.

Master Craftmanship

Patek Philippe. An early and unique yellow gold and enamel pocket watch. Estimate: HK$680,000-1,000,000. Those with a discerning eye will delight in this special enamel pocket watch from the mid-20th century. This example features something quite unique – a floral decoration signed by artist J. Pellarin-Leroy, one of the top enamel miniature masters whose works are highly comparable to even Suzanne Rohr, the "last Master Enameller of this generation". Research shows that most of J. Pellarin-Leroy's miniature enamel were personal portraits, which makes this floral enamel piece an undoubtedly rare work to collect.

Omega. Seamaster, Ref. OT 2520, an extremely fine and rare yellow gold wristwatch with cloisonne enamel dial depicting Neptune, 1954. Estimate: HK$750,000-1,200,000.

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