LOS ANGELES – Kruse GWS Auctions, the world record breaking auction house specializing in master timepieces, entertainment memorabilia, fine jewelry, royal artifacts and haute couture fashion, will offer an extraordinary collection of investment-quality significant timepieces. They are from a billionaire’s private collection and were housed in his personal vault. The auction will take place online Saturday, October 16, beginning at 10 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale includes watches with impeccable aesthetics, the finest luxury craftsmanship, imaginative designs and limited editions. Some examples are so scarce that only two are known, or were ever produced. The collector’s passion made him a true connoisseur of the world’s most prestigious and luxurious watchmakers.
Among the highlights of the sale are limited edition Rolexes, including anniversary and special editions not available to the public. These include a Rolex 18K yellow gold Daytona with factory Tahitian mother of pearl dial and diamond markers, which is said to be one of only two known. It carries an estimate of $58,000-$60,000. A second strong Rolex offering is a Rolex GMT Master II, estimated at $19,000-$20,000.
Selections from Patek Philippe include an 18K solid gold moon phase automatic watch with annual calendar, estimated at $48,000-$50,000, and a Patek Phillippe grand complications 18K automatic timepiece, estimated at $54,000-$55,000.
Also on offer are a Franck Muller Long Island Taormina in 18K white gold, one of a limited edition of 200, estimated at $20,000-$21,000.
Another head-turner is a Concord 18K rose gold perpetual calendar chronograph, one of a limited edition of 25, estimated at $41,000-$42,000.
Still another strong lot is a Ulysse Nardin limited edition Big Date GMT perpetual platinum automatic watch, estimated at $50,000-$52,000.
Collectors will clamor for a Piaget 18K gold limited edition Emperador Dual Time automatic watch, estimated at $32,000-$35,000.
Rounding out the highlights is a very rare Omega Museum Petrograd 18K red gold watch, estimated at $12,000-$13,000.
“This private collection features the most sought after and extraordinary watches we’ve ever seen amassed in one storied collection,” said Dame Brigitte Kruse, Founder and Lead Auctioneer, Kruse GWS Auctions, adding, “From the exquisite to those inspired by the sea, each and every one is a stunning example of master craftsmanship for only those with the most exquisite taste. We are honored to have been trusted to offer this extraordinary collection from one of the most successful individuals in the world. Please join us Saturday, October 16 beginning at 10 am Pacific time.”
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