A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273
207 Jaeger LeCoultre Extraordinary and Limited Edition, Atmos Du Millénaire “atlantis”, in Steel and Glass, With 1000 Years’ Calendar and Moon-phases. Made in a Series of 50 Pieces per Year from 1999, With Papers, Booklets, Setting Wrench and Pin
Estimate: € 10,000 – 20,000
Sold € 19,500
Model: Atmos du Millénaire « Atlantis »
Reference: 5 322301
Case Material: Glass and Stainless Steel
Caliber: 556 Atmos
Movement N°: 702762
Dimensions: 28 cm high x 25 cm wide x 15 cm deep
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Papers, Booklets, Setting Wrench and Pin
In 1833, following the invention of a machine that could cut watch pinions from steel, Antoine LeCoultre (1803–1881) opened a small laboratory at Le Sentier, where he put his watchmaking skills to create high quality timepieces. He didn’t know that he would capture the world’s attention, making history while continuing to revolutionize watchmaking as the company grew. From that moment on, many other innovations came and in 1884 he added another milestone on the horology highway with the creation of the first instrument to measure the micron and in four years, he would have received awards at the inaugural Universal Exhibition in London for his breakthrough work on a lever-winding mechanism. Atmos is one of those, in fact, it is the brand name of a mechanical torsion pendulum clock manufactured by Jaeger-LeCoultre in Switzerland which does not need to be wound manually. It gets the energy it needs to run from temperature and atmospheric pressure changes in the environment, and can run for years without human intervention. Invented by Jean-Léon Reutter in 1928, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos clock is an exceptional fusion of technical knowledge and utility, the present lot is an evolution made from 1999 in a limited edition of just 50 pieces with wedge-shaped and made from beveled glass panels, raised on three conical stainless steel feet, inset spirit level. The dial is totally white with printed baton indexes, inner minute ring, blue painted months disc with names painted in white, baton blue hands and aperture for the moon phases below with the lunar calendar, outer spiral scale calibrated for each year until the year 3000. Constructed entirely by hand, these machines are always highly collectable representing an important part of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s history.