For watch collectors, this might very well be the event of the year. Antiquorum Auctioneers have selected 8 June as the date to conduct their much-awaited Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces auction. The venue is New York City. Several fine luxury watches will be going under the hammer. Among them is an Audemars Piguet Grande Complication and a minute-repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch in platinum from Vacheron Constantin. However, the headline-maker at this prestigious auction is a luxury timepiece that bears Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger’s signature engraved on the reverse side.
The luxury watch in question is the Audemars Piguet Piece Unique. This fine watch was created to commemorate Audemars Piguet’s 125th anniversary in 2000. The watch appeared at that year’s charity auction, Time to Give, an event that was hosted by Schwarznegger and boxer Muhammed Ali. This titanium and pink gold minute-repeating wristwatch has a perpetual calendar that displays phases of the moon and a round button split-seconds chronograph, in addition to Schwarznegger’s autograph. As the date for the Antiquorum Auction nears, estimates suggest that this brilliant timepiece could fetch between $250,000 and $350,000 when it goes under the hammer.
Several other luxury watches will also be showcased at the 8 June auction, which will be conducted in 2 sessions, one from 11am and the other from 2pm. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare yellow gold Patek Phillipe Ref. 3448 and the Platinum Ref. 5050 with Roman Dial. Also, watch out for the uber-stylish Rolex Oyster Stainless Steel Triple-Calendar and the Audemars Piguet Millenary Maserati Anniversary MC 12 Tourbillon and Chronograph.
Exclusive previews of the collection are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong.