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

220 Longines Extremely Rare, Well Preserved and Oversize, 13ZN Central Minute Counter Chronograph, Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Box and Extract from The Archives, Reference 5161

Estimate: € 15,000 –⁠ 30,000

Sold € 13,000

Model: Chronograph
Reference: 5161
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1948
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 13ZN
Case N°: 7085466
Movement N°: 7085466
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box and Extract from the Archives

Being innovative means seeing what everyone has seen but thinking about what no one has ever thought of before. During the history of watchmaking we have witnessed numerous examples of innovation for design (Nautilus, Royal Oak or Pasha), decoration of dials (the use of enamels or hard stones), functionality (Oyster cases) or for mechanisms (Introduction of the Perpetual with Rolex). Innovation does not mean inventing from zero, but starting from something that already exists and using it in a different way. Longines from this point of view can absolutely be considered an innovative brand and one examples is provided by the here offered Central Minute Counter. At a first glance it might seem like a simple chronograph but its peculiarity lies in the highly unusual arrangement of the chronographic hands: instead of having the minutes register at 3 o’ clock, there is a supplementary red central hand for the minutes while the subsidiary counter are used for 12 hours registration and constant seconds. The caliber used is the 13ZN and is stored into a three bodies 18k yellow gold case of 39 mm diameter with snap on back excellently preserved. The tropical dial is wondrous for its daintiness: the yellow aging that recalls the case is broken by the two hands for minutes and seconds registration of the chronograph, the first one in a shimmering red and the second in an electric blue. To further decorate the dial have been applied baton, dot and arabic numerals. Nowadays, the central red hands can be found on a number of modern watches but the present example can be considered as one of the fathers of this always appreciated innovation. With the Longines Extract from the Archives confirming case, movement, production and subsequent sale on 25th August 1948 to the company Akar, which was at that time the Longines agent for Lebanon.