14 Fun, Fabulous Watches And Jewels To Be Auctioned Next Week In New York

Patek-Philippe-Ref-5723-Nautilus, to be auctioned at Sotheby's next week.

Patek-Philippe-Ref-5723-Nautilus, to be auctioned at Sotheby’s next week.

Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips are presenting the usual elite collectors’ pieces at their New York watch and jewelry auctions this week, but among the seven-figure Patek Philippes and the fancy colored statement diamonds are a few fascinating and in some cases more accessible pieces that are also worthy of note. Here are a dozen treasures being previewed this week and auctioned between December 9 and 12 in New York.

Christie’s Important Watches, December 12: The coolest thing in this sale is a watch designed as a backpack, made by none other than Patek Philippe, the most traditional watchmaker on the planet. The 18k gold piece, complete with tiny hat and tools, as well as two pockets on either side, was made in 1875 and belonged to Elbert E. Farman, former diplomatic agent and Consul-General to Cairo, Egypt. The estimate f is $50,000-$100,000.

If provenance is important to you, check out this a pair of pocket watches selling as a single lot, one owned by Ernest Hemingway and the other by his friend, French hotelier Charles C. Ritz. The Hemingway piece, a gift from Ritz, was made by L. Leroy & Cie. It is a split-seconds chronograph made in 1914.

The Ritz piece is a gold Vacheron Constantin Genève Chronometre Royal with Roman numerals and a small seconds subdial. The estimate for the two pieces together is $15,000-$25,000.

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels December 11: These one-of-a-kind Beats Pro headphones made by Graff are set with diamonds and white rubies in platinum. The ear pieces are white leather. They are estimated at $100,000-$150,000.

Nothing like a bat-wing-shaped tiara to set off your winter gown. This Art Nouveau diamond tiara, made by Henri Vever around 1910, is set with old, single and rose-cut diamonds in platinum. It is signed Vever, Paris, and is estimated at $50,000-$70,000.

Sotheby’s Important Watches, December 11: This pink gold Mellerio watch was once owned by Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. Mellerio is a family-owned French brand that makes fine jewelry and uniquely shaped watches. The estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

Also notable in this sale is an unusual version of the hottest collector’s watch at the moment, the otherwise sporty Patek Philippe Nautilus. This one, a rare pink gold Ref. 5723, has an unusual pink dial and a bezel lined with baguette diamonds. It is estimated at $200,000-$300,000 and is one of 15 Nautilus models in the sale.

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels, December 10: Fancy colored diamonds are nice in a ring, but sometimes boring. The two fancy-diamond highlights of this auction are anything but. One is an orchid-motif brooch made by Verdura, the Italian mid-century maestro who once designed pieces for Coco Chanel. It is set with a 14.37-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond, surrounded by cabochon sapphires and round-brilliant diamonds. It is estimated at $1.6-million to $2.4-million.

The magnificently flexible “Majestic Pink” bracelet is set with 204 radiant and marquise cut diamonds in various fancy pink and red hues, weighing a total of 43.34 carats. Mixed in are near colorless diamonds. It is estimated at $3-million.

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, “Game Changers” December 10: This auction of celebrity-owned or important timepieces is headlined by watches owned by Marlon Brando and Jack Nicklaus. The Brando watch is the Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675, worn by the actor in Apocalypse Now. Brando was asked to remove it during filming, as it would stand out, but he argued that “if they’re looking at my watch, then I’m not doing my job as an actor.” He hand-engraved the watch himself, etching “M. Brando” on the caseback. The estimate is not published, so bidding is wide open. Here is a short video about the watch.

The Jack Nicklaus watch, a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803, was gifted to him by Rolex in 1967. He wore it throughout his career, during which he won 18 professional major championship titles. “This is the very first watch I ever owned, and the only watch I wore for every professional tournament I’ve won,” says Nicklaus. Proceeds will be donated to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

Phillips Jewels, December 9: Bulgari’s “Diva’s Dream” necklace is the star of this show. The bold colors, typical of Bulgari, include diamond, amethyst and rubellite set in 18k gold, with diamonds. The fan motifs are inspired by ancient Rome’s mosaic Caracalla Baths. The estimate is $20,000 – 30,000. 

Finally, this fun brooch, made by David Webb, is made of gold, enamel, diamonds and two fancy yellow diamonds as eyes. It is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

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Patek-Philippe-Ref-5723-Nautilus, to be auctioned at Sotheby's next week.

Patek-Philippe-Ref-5723-Nautilus, to be auctioned at Sotheby’s next week.

Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips are presenting the usual elite collectors’ pieces at their New York watch and jewelry auctions this week, but among the seven-figure Patek Philippes and the fancy colored statement diamonds are a few fascinating and in some cases more accessible pieces that are also worthy of note. Here are a dozen treasures being previewed this week and auctioned between December 9 and 12 in New York.

A rare Patek Philippe watch designed as a backpack, to be auctioned by Christie's next week.

A rare Patek Philippe watch designed as a backpack, to be auctioned by Christie’s next week.

Christie’s

Christie’s Important Watches, December 12: The coolest thing in this sale is a watch designed as a backpack, made by none other than Patek Philippe, the most traditional watchmaker on the planet. The 18k gold piece, complete with tiny hat and tools, as well as two pockets on either side, was made in 1875 and belonged to Elbert E. Farman, former diplomatic agent and Consul-General to Cairo, Egypt. The estimate f is $50,000-$100,000.

A Leroy & Cie pocket watch once owned by Ernest Hemingway, to be auctioned next week by Christe's.

A Leroy & Cie pocket watch once owned by Ernest Hemingway, to be auctioned next week by Christe’s.

Christie’s

If provenance is important to you, check out this a pair of pocket watches selling as a single lot, one owned by Ernest Hemingway and the other by his friend, French hotelier Charles C. Ritz. The Hemingway piece, a gift from Ritz, was made by L. Leroy & Cie. It is a split-seconds chronograph made in 1914.

A Vacheron Constantin pocket watch once owned by hotelier Charles C. Ritz. To be auctioned by Christie's.

A Vacheron Constantin pocket watch once owned by hotelier Charles C. Ritz. To be auctioned by … [+] Christie’s.

Christie’s

The Ritz piece is a gold Vacheron Constantin Genève Chronometre Royal with Roman numerals and a small seconds subdial. The estimate for the two pieces together is $15,000-$25,000.

Diamond and ruby Beats Pro headphones made by Graff. To be auctioned at Christie's.

Diamond and ruby Beats Pro headphones made by Graff. To be auctioned at Christie’s.

Christie’s

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels December 11: These one-of-a-kind Beats Pro headphones made by Graff are set with diamonds and white rubies in platinum. The ear pieces are white leather. They are estimated at $100,000-$150,000.

Art Nouveau diamond tiara, made by Henri Vever, to be auctioned at Christie's.

Art Nouveau diamond tiara, made by Henri Vever, to be auctioned at Christie’s.

Christie’s

Nothing like a bat-wing-shaped tiara to set off your winter gown. This Art Nouveau diamond tiara, made by Henri Vever around 1910, is set with old, single and rose-cut diamonds in platinum. It is signed Vever, Paris, and is estimated at $50,000-$70,000.

Mellerio watch owned by Carrie Fisher. To be auctioned by Sotheby's.

Mellerio watch owned by Carrie Fisher. To be auctioned by Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s Important Watches, December 11: This pink gold Mellerio watch was once owned by Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. Mellerio is a family-owned French brand that makes fine jewelry and uniquely shaped watches. The estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

Rare pink Patek Philippe Nautilus, to be auctioned by Sotheby's.

Rare pink Patek Philippe Nautilus, to be auctioned by Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s

Also notable in this sale is an unusual version of the hottest collector’s watch at the moment, the otherwise sporty Patek Philippe Nautilus. This one, a rare pink gold Ref. 5723, has an unusual pink dial and a bezel lined with baguette diamonds. It is estimated at $200,000-$300,000 and is one of 15 Nautilus models in the sale.

Yellow diamond, diamond and sapphire orchid brooch by Verdura, to be auctioned by Sotheby's

Yellow diamond, diamond and sapphire orchid brooch by Verdura, to be auctioned by Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels, December 10: Fancy colored diamonds are nice in a ring, but sometimes boring. The two fancy-diamond highlights of this auction are anything but. One is an orchid-motif brooch made by Verdura, the Italian mid-century maestro who once designed pieces for Coco Chanel. It is set with a 14.37-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond, surrounded by cabochon sapphires and round-brilliant diamonds. It is estimated at $1.6-million to $2.4-million.

The Majestic Pink diamond bracelet, to be auctioned by Sotheby's.

The Majestic Pink diamond bracelet, to be auctioned by Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s

The magnificently flexible “Majestic Pink” bracelet is set with 204 radiant and marquise cut diamonds in various fancy pink and red hues, weighing a total of 43.34 carats. Mixed in are near colorless diamonds. It is estimated at $3-million.

The Marlon Brando Rolex GMT, to be auctioned by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo.

The Marlon Brando Rolex GMT, to be auctioned by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo.

Phillips

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, “Game Changers” December 10: This auction of celebrity-owned or important timepieces is headlined by watches owned by Marlon Brando and Jack Nicklaus. The Brando watch is the Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675, worn by the actor in Apocalypse Now. Brando was asked to remove it during filming, as it would stand out, but he argued that “if they’re looking at my watch, then I’m not doing my job as an actor.” He hand-engraved the watch himself, etching “M. Brando” on the caseback. The estimate is not published, so bidding is wide open. Here is a short video about the watch.

The Jack Nicklaus Rolex, to be auctioned by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo.

The Jack Nicklaus Rolex, to be auctioned by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo.

Phillips

The Jack Nicklaus watch, a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803, was gifted to him by Rolex in 1967. He wore it throughout his career, during which he won 18 professional major championship titles. “This is the very first watch I ever owned, and the only watch I wore for every professional tournament I’ve won,” says Nicklaus. Proceeds will be donated to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

The Bulgari 'Divas' Dream Necklace to be auctioned by Phillips.

The Bulgari ‘Divas’ Dream Necklace to be auctioned by Phillips.

Philips

Phillips Jewels, December 9: Bulgari’s “Diva’s Dream” necklace is the star of this show. The bold colors, typical of Bulgari, include diamond, amethyst and rubellite set in 18k gold, with diamonds. The fan motifs are inspired by ancient Rome’s mosaic Caracalla Baths. The estimate is $20,000 – 30,000. 

David Webb enamel and diamond brooch, to be auctioned next week by Phillips.

David Webb enamel and diamond brooch, to be auctioned next week by Phillips.

Phillips

Finally, this fun brooch, made by David Webb, is made of gold, enamel, diamonds and two fancy yellow diamonds as eyes. It is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

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