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
190 Bulgari Very Elegant and Gorgeous, Serpenti Tubogas, Wristwatch in Yellow, Pink and White Gold, With Elastic Bracelet, Reference G1374-4
Estimate: € 15,000 – 30,000
Sold € 27,300
Model: Serpenti Tubogas
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow, Pink and White Gold
Case N°: 4142
Dimensions: 14 × 16 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Since snakes got their really big break at Bulgari in the late 1940s, they have appeared in countless forms: at first highly abstracted, the style evolved over the decades, becoming more animalistic through the 1960s and early ’70s and, in the past decade, reinterpreted in more geometric and stylized form once again. Innovative, modern and very distinctive, the Tubogas style quickly built a following. The so-called tubogas (or gas pipe) technique was developed during the second half of the nineteenth century and used by Bulgari on the first Serpenti watch creations of the 1940s and 1950s. The term “tubogas” was inspired by the distinctive shape of the gas carrier pipes in use from the 1920s onwards. As social life changed and style became more casual throughout the decade, the Tubogas grew in popularity again and in the mid-’70s, production of the elaborate, scaled designs ended. The Bulgari Tubogas is a flexible band with rounded contours produced without soldering. In practice, the result is a bracelet that is remarkably flexible to allow for comfortable wear while remaining firmly coiled around the wrist, arm, or neck. The gorgeous creation here offered is manufactured in yellow, pink and white gold with the case signed by nonetheless than Gerald Genta, the creator of Royal Oak and Nautilus. The rounded rectangular “head” of the snake contain the Silvered dial with black Arabic/Baton indexes and hands.