Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

135 Cartier Charming and Unusual, Minute Repeater, Guillotine Pocket Watch, in Yellow Gold, Shutters Dial, With Gold Chain and Box

Estimate: € 30,000 –⁠ 60,000

Sold € 45,500

Model: Guillotine Pocket Watch
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1922
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 5978
Dimensions: 45 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Yellow Gold Chain and Box

With a yellow-gold case, this pocket watch with a large bezel and very thin thickness represent perfectly the Art Deco style of the period where pocket watches were the sole wearable object to tell time until the advent of the wristwatch. The present lot is a remarkable display of ingenuity with a particular ability to hide the dial. Pressing in a hidden button in the crown opens the shutters underneath the crystal to reveal an elegant guilloché dial underneath that snap shut smoothly as Madame Guillotine herself. On the back of the yellow-gold case are located, the blue enamel letters G.L.M. The silvered guillochè dial is well preserved, completed by the outer seconds and minutes track and Roman numbers with steel hands in blue. Powered by a trusty EWC movement with a deceptively simple (but beautifully made) shutter mechanism that even locks the window open when you are setting the time. The watch is also extremely fascinating for the minute repeater complication that comes with it, activated by the sliding pusher at 9 o’clock. Furthermore, it also comes with a box and yellow-gold chain.