At AstaGuru’s just-concluded Jewellery, Silver and Timepieces Auction, a wide range of coveted jewellery pieces, vintage silver and extraordinary timepieces went under the hammer. Hosted on the AstaGuru website, the auction’s offerings were part of a meticulously curated catalogue that revealed a diverse range of artisanal pieces, highlighting exceptional design and craftsmanship heritage from across the world. Several Art Deco pieces were on offer too.
Here are the most exquisite watches from the AstaGuru Timepiece Auction:
Lot No. 100
Patek Philippe Aquanaut (Ref. 5167)
Housed in a steel case with a black embossed dial, this automatic movement timepiece was one of the top pieces sold at the auction. When it was launched in 1997, the Aquanaut, with its young, modern, unexpected aesthetics, created a sensation. The rounded octagon case, inspired by the Nautilus, emboldens its visual appeal. The watch sits on a ‘tropical’ strap, made of a new composite material that’s ultra-resistant to wear, salt water and UV radiation.
Lot No. 164
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 5140J)
With a case crafted from 18 ct yellow gold and an ivory white dial, this sleek 37 mm timepiece has the quintessential appeal of a classic Patek Philippe. The complications include a perpetual calendar and moon phase. It sits on a handsome leather strap with a gold deployant buckle. The pre-auction price was expected to be in the range of INR 32,00,000-INR 42,00,000 and it ended up fetching almost the maximum estimated price.
Lots No. 127 and 142
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (Ref. 4989, Ref. 15400SR) Each of these two pieces from the iconic Royal Oak series was enthusiastically vied for. Both timepieces come housed in rose gold cases with stunning honeycomb white dials, screwed-down 18 ct rose gold bezels and instantly recognisable Royal Oak hands. These lots were presented along with the original papers.
Lot No. 128
Rolex Daytona (Ref. 116518 SERIES-G)
This timepiece with its striking yellow gold case instantly stands out. It comes with an 18 ct yellow gold bezel with a tachymeter scale engraved on it. The hands and hour markers are crafted from yellow gold as well with a luminescent coating. The subdials have the iconic red hands that are instantly associable with Rolex.