Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

19 Corum Unusual and Elegant “Spirit of Ecstasy” in Yellow Gold, Rolls Royce Front Grill Shaped Wristwatch With Black Dial

Estimate: € 6,000 –⁠ 12,000

Lot Description

Model: Rolls Royce
Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1980s
Case N°: 318083
Caliber: 9″
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 159704
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 40x29mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Who said that the only watch able to identify the automotive world could only be a chronograph? More than 30 years ago, in fact, was born the idea of being able to decorate the case of a watch by making it appear similar in all aspects to the component of a car. Long before the collaborations between the automobile and watch brands began, Corum had a visionary idea of ​​being able to create a watch that embodied the image of tradition, luxury and exclusivity of a prestigious car manufacturer. Was chosen the icon Rolls-Royce brand for giving birth to what would have become one of the most valuable pieces in the horological history – Corum “Rolls-Royce”. In 1976, after obtaining a license to use their name, the first Corum Rolls-Royce model appeared in the market at the well-known London jewelers Garrard. The present lot is one of those pieces realized in yellow gold and preserved in nice conditions. The rectangular case resemble the intricate design of the famous British car’s radiator grille with the RR logo while a true example of high craftsmanship is given by the bonnet ornament “Spirit of Ecstasy” which crowns the radiator and links the watch case with the top bracelet attachment. The mastery is further demonstrated by the quality of the result, the three-dimensional effect of the watch case and the crown bearing the Corum key symbol for adjusting the the time. This watch is part of a later version produced, with quartz or mechanical movement available in 18k white or yellow gold. First ever partnership between a high-end watchmaker and a luxury automobile manufacturer and, most of all, a fantastic demonstration of ability and innovation, this example is a real icon of watchmaking.