AstaGuru's 'The Exceptionals' Auction is a Dream for Indian Watch Collectors
AstaGuru's 'The Exceptionals' Auction is a Dream for Indian Watch Collectors

This May, one of India's premier auction houses highlights the peak of horology with an astounding collection on display; here's the highlights

In the world of luxury collectibles, the excitement is mounting as AstaGuru unveils its highly anticipated auction, 'The Exceptionals'. Held over May 12-13, 2024, this event promised a dazzling display of intricate craftsmanship with an exclusive collection of coveted jewellery, vintage silver pieces, and remarkable timepieces, celebrating the rich artistic heritage of India and Europe. 


The highlight of the auction includes a broad array of both vintage and contemporary watches from esteemed brands such as Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Cartier. The offerings range from high-complication pieces to exquisitely crafted statement watches adorned with jewels, ensuring there is something to suit every taste.


Patek Philippe Nautilus in Stainless Steel (Ref. 5726/1A-010)


Among the standout lots is the Patek Philippe Nautilus Stainless Steel Wristwatch (Lot no. 180), a model that remains one of the most sought-after by collectors. This piece features an annual calendar, day, date, and moon phases indicators, encapsulated in a striking piano white dial with a brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet. It is estimated to fetch between INR 77,50,000 and 90,00,000.


Richard Mille RM 016 in 18k Rose Gold (Ref. RM 016)


Another exceptional piece is the Richard Mille RM 016 18k Rose Gold Wristwatch (Lot no. 107), showcasing a transparent skeleton dial with a date aperture at 7 o'clock. This sleek timepiece is estimated to be sold for INR 48,00,000 - 68,00,000.


Cartier Tortue in 18k white gold and diamonds (Limited Edition, ref. 2617 J)


Not to be overlooked is the Cartier Tortue 18k White Gold & Diamond Wristwatch (Lot no. 125), a 25-example limited edition piece featuring a diamond-set case and a cloisonné enamel dial that portrays a mystical scene of a white horse racing through clouds. This watch is expected to draw bids between INR 38,00,000 and 48,00,000.


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (Sachin Tendulkar) Limited Edition in stainless steel (Ref. 26182ST.OO.D018CR.01)


For sports enthusiasts, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (Sachin Tendulkar) Limited Edition Stainless Steel Wristwatch (Lot no. 155) commemorates Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. This limited edition piece is anticipated to attract bids ranging from INR 12,50,000 to 16,50,000.


Rolex Submariner 'Kermit' in stainless steel (Ref. 16610LV)


Finally, the Rolex Submariner 'Kermit' Stainless Steel Wristwatch (Lot no. 79), known for its distinctive ‘Kermit Green’ bezel and crafted for the model's 50th anniversary, is also on offer, with an estimated price tag of INR 13,50,000 to 15,50,000.


Jehangir Readymoney, AstaGuru’s expert on luxury timepieces, shared his enthusiasm about the increasing collector interest in luxury and vintage watches. "The surge has been remarkable, and we are thrilled to cater to this demand with a selection of rare and limited edition timepieces from globally renowned brands," he stated over the weekend.

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