Would You Pay US$9 Million For This Patek Philippe?
The superb 18-karat pink gold piece is officially the most expensive wristwatch to have ever been auctioned in Asia—at a bank-busting price tag of US$9 million (about HK$70 million). Created in 1953, the “L’Heure Bleue” Ref. 2523 features a 24-hour indication and a double-signed blue enamel dial.
Two hundred and forty extraordinary watches were sold at the Christie’s sale, which has been dubbed “The Master Piece” auction.
The “L’Heure Bleue” Ref. 2523 was first sold in 1957 to Gobbi 1842, a retailer based in Milan. It is part of a small series of dual-crown world-time wristwatches and it is thought that only seven of its kind were ever made.
An Audemars Piguet Royal Oak perpetual calendar model in white ceramic also went under the hammer, in addition to an 18-karat pink gold semi-skeletonised 30° inclined double tourbillon wristwatch by Greubel Forsey.