BIRMINGHAM, UK – A rare gentleman’s Tag Heuer Monaco V4 wristwatch is up for auction at Fellows in Birmingham. The alluring timepiece, marked “50/60,” has a stunning 18K rose gold case and is estimated at £20,000-£30,000/$25,685-$38,541 in the auction company’s Nov. 26 Watch Sale. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The model was limited, with only 60 timepieces ever made.
A relatively modern take on the watches designed to honor the Monaco Grand Prix, the innovative V4 watch was introduced in 2004 and contains mechanisms mirroring that of an automobile engine.
The watch is listed as Lot 350 in the auction, which will take place Tuesday, Nov 26, at 11 a.m. local time/6 a.m. Eastern.
The rose gold Monaco V4 watches were created in 2010, six years after plans for the original V4 watches were revealed. The timepiece up for auction has a reference WAW2040, with a signed automatic belt-drive caliber V4.
It contains two pairs of cylinders connected in parallel by belts.
It features a beautiful black skeletonized dial with PVD-coated Côtes de Genève finishing, displaying seven bridges in satin silver.
There is an exposed balance wheel to eight, with subsidiary seconds dial to four.
The V4 measures 41mm and is fitted to an unsigned black alligator strap with a signed rose metal clasp.
“This is one of the most intriguing watches we have had up for auction. The rose gold V4 is a simply stunning watch to look at which is a perfect representation of a timepiece designed to reflect the automobile industry,” said Steven Yambo, senior watch specialist at Fellows Auctioneers. “The fact that there are only 60 of these limited edition pieces out there makes me confident it will get a lot of attention at auction. Hopefully, with this Tag Heuer watch and other highlights our final flagship Watch Sale of the year will finish strongly.”