Exclusive Timepieces 21 –⁠ 22 October 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.

Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281

143 Ah. Naguib Bey Historically Important and Rare, Pocket Watch in Yellow Gold, Made for the King Farouk of Egypt, With the Royal Family Coat of Arms

Estimate: € 4,000 –⁠ 8,000

Sold € 11,050

Model: Pocket Watch
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1930s
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 1988
Dimensions: 47 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box

The lot here offered is an historically important specimen of pocket watch manufactured for King Farouk of Egypt. Born in Cairo in 1920, Farouk was the son and successor of King Fuad. Since Farouk was under age when he acceded to the throne, a regency council was formed until his constitutional powers were handed over to him in July 1937. In 1952, after being forced to abdicate the throne to his son Ahmad Fouad II who was then still a child, Farouk left Egypt for Europe. He died in 1965 in Rome and was buried in Egypt. During his exile in Europe, Farouk became a well-established collector, particularly of small, applied arts objects. Among his extensive collection of objects of vertu, including several Fabergé creations, was a range of watches, primarily enameled examples. He also favored watches made for the Turkish or Far Eastern markets and was fond of modern watches, whether pocket or wristwatches, by the most prestigious makers. The specimen here offered is a very elegant “Empire” style pocket watch, with finely executed coat of arms of the Royal family of Egypt in polychrome enamel on the back. The back is hinged and the band is finely reeded decorated. The matte silver dial has painted Arabic numerals, outer minute track, subsidiary seconds, engine-turned center and outer border with blued steel Breguet hands. The dial is signed: Ah. Naguib Bey, which stands for Ahmed Naguib or, as known in the modern Egyptian history, Ahmed Pasha Naguib, King Farouk’s special jeweler. Trusted supplier of all kinds of jewelry, this boutique is also linked to the name of the King for another curious episode: in fact, is told that King Farouk I met his second wife Nariman at the Naguib Pasha’s Jewelry shop at Abdel Khalek Tharwet Street in Cairo when she was searching with her family for engagement jewelry for her first engagement. A piece of history and testament to a bygone era, the watch is also offered with its original box.