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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Renowned Indian Mystic Guru Osho’s Rolex Day-Date Offered in Antiquorum Auction

Press contact: Michelle R. Halpern
Tel: +1 (212) 750 -1103

Renowned Indian Mystic Guru Osho’s Rolex Day-Date Offered in Antiquorum Auction 

Geneva, Nov 3, 2015 – Antiquorum is looking forward to its November 8 auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” to be held at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva. Amongst the many exciting highlights is a Rolex Ref. 18148 Day-Date Set with Rubies & Diamonds that formerly belonged to the renowned and controversial Indian mystic Guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh known as “Osho.”

Chandra Mohan Jain (1931-1990) known as Acharya Rajneesh in the 1960s, Bhagwan Shree Ranjeesh in the 1970s and 1980s and finally Osho from 1989 is generally considered one of the most controversial spiritual leaders to have emerged from India during the 20th century. His message of sexual, emotional, spiritual and institutional liberation and the pleasure he derived in causing offence ensured that his life was surrounded by controversy. 

His international following has continued after his death. By the late 1970s and with tensions mounting against him in India, he relocated to the United States in 1981.  He and his followers established an international community in Oregon which became known as Rajneeshpuram.  Osho was notorious for his fleet of 93 Rolls Royce motor cars bought for him by his followers and this attracted much criticism. Rajneesh’s ashram in Pune is today known as the Osho International Meditation Resort.

His teachings emphasize the importance of meditation, awareness, love, celebration, courage, creativity and humor; qualities which he viewed as suppressed by adherence to static belief systems, religious tradition and socialization. Rajneesh’s teachings have had an important influence on western spirituality as well as New Age thought and continue to increase in popularity after his death.

“Intelligence is dangerous. Intelligence means you will start thinking on your own; you will start looking around on your own. You will not believe in the scriptures; you will believe only in your own experience.” 

Guru Osho’s Rolex Day-Date is a fine and exotic 18K yellow gold wristwatch partially aftermarket set with diamonds and rubies and a non Rolex gold bracelet set with 31 carats of white diamonds with concealed clasp. Remarkably, Osho asked his jeweler to block the window for the day of the week as he had no interest in knowing the day of the week it was. This lavish Rolex Day-Date is being offered with photographs of the watch being worn by Osho.

Estimate:  CHF 30,000 – 50,000/ USD 31,000 – 52,000

About Antiquorum: Established in Geneva in 1974, Antiquorum has carved its own unparalleled niche in the auction world through its focused expertise in horology and by cultivating a thriving collector's market for timepieces worldwide. The world's premier auctioneer of fine modern and vintage timepieces has set world records for auction sales and holds approximately ten auctions a year in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong, with previews held in major cities worldwide. Antiquorum maintains offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai , Singapore and Tokyo. WWW.ANTIQUORUM.COM.

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Auction: Sunday, November 8, 2015
First Session (lots 1-120): starts at 11 am
Second Session (lots 121- 319): starts at 2pm
Auction location:
Mandarin Oriental
Salon Saint Gervais
Quai Turrettini 1
1201 Geneva

Preview Schedule:

November 5, 2015: 10 am – 6pm
November 6, 2015 : 10 am – 7 pm
November 7, 2015:  9 am – 7pm
November 8, 2015: 9 am – 5 pm

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Geneva 1201
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Antiquorum Auctioneers to Launch Online Watch Store and Welcome Watch Expert Geoffroy Ader

Press Contact: Michelle R. Halpern
Tel. (212) 750 -1103

Antiquorum Auctioneers to Launch Online Watch Store and Welcome Watch Expert Geoffroy Ader

Antiquorum Auctioneers, the world’s premier auction house of modern & vintage timepieces, is delighted to announce that they will add an online retail arm,“Antiquorum Online” to their world renowned timepiece auction business. The online store will present clients with an alternative to the traditional auction model and offer fine and rare timepieces from leading brands for immediate purchase throughout the year.

In todays busy world, Antiquorum recognizes the need for clients to buy and sell timepieces on their own schedule, while maintaining the security of doing business with a trustworthy source. This new platform will offer clients the opportunity to purchase outstanding examples of fine and rare timepieces at their convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Antiquorum clients will enjoy the user friendly platform that will make buying and selling timepieces a quick and easy process.  Antiquorum Online will offer competitive commission rates, appealing to watch collectors at all levels, whether a novice or seasoned collector. Most importantly, clients will feel confident in knowing that all timepieces presented, come from a selection of trusted sellers and have been examined by an Antiquorum watch expert.

Heading up Antiquorum Online will be Geoffroy Ader, a specialist in the international watch auction business with vast experience. Born into a Parisian family of auctioneers, he started his career twenty years ago with a special focus on watches, and has earned the recognition as one of the leading authorities in the auction industry. He has sold many of the world’s finest and historical timepieces at prestigious auction houses around the world. In addition, he has written articles and books about watches and the auction market; and has organized several conferences on watch collecting.

Giulio De Lucia, CEO of FIDES Business Partner and Antiquorum board member notes,“We are delighted to welcome Geoffroy Ader to the Antiquorum team and embark on this exciting retail venture which will offer our clients a new platform for buying and selling exceptional timepieces from across the globe. We are confident that Mr. Ader together with our team of experts will provide clients with a fantastic retail experience that will complement our traditional auctions.

Geoffroy Ader is delighted to take on his new role as Managing Director of Antiquorum Onlineand remarks, “with twenty years of expertise in the watch auction market, a family tradition of auctioneers since 1930, I’m pleased to join the Antiquorum  team and develop  ̔Antiquorum Online, a new digital market place for collectors from around the globe. In today’s world of technology, it is important to understand that innovation and knowledge will be the pillars of success for tomorrow’s collectors.  Our objective with Antiquorum’s new online platform is to offer clients an unparalleled retail experience with the added security that comes with over forty years as the world's premier watch auctioneers.

Evan Zimmermann, President& CEO of Antiquorum comments,“we are pleased to continue to offer our clients new ways in which to engage in the ever exciting world of  horology. It gives us great pleasure to present our clients with a new platform that allows them to add to their timepiece collections at any time of the day or night.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rare Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 Previously Owned by Famed Filmmaker and Oceanographer Philippe Cousteau Offered in Antiquorum Auction

New York, September 16, 2014 -- Antiquorum Auctioneers, the world’s premier watch auctioneers, is looking forward to its fall auction of “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces” to be held on September 30th at the Hoyt Building in New York. Amongst the exceptional collection offered is one of the earliest known Rolex Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller’s ever recorded that formerly belonged to famed filmmaker and oceanographer Philippe Cousteau (Jacques Cousteau’s son).

The Rolex Sea-Dweller is one of the most important diving watches designed in the second half of the 20th century. The collaboration with diving professionals and government agencies guided Rolex to introduce the first-ever use of the helium gas escape valve in a wristwatch. This revolutionary design enabled the watch to have the capability to withstand great underwater pressure while maintaining the functionality and integrity of timekeeping. During its development, the Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller went through several revisions and iterations in order to perfect the design as the best diving watch, allowing many of the deepest diving missions.  As an iconic model, the Sea-Dweller has become highly collectible; the most coveted being the very earliest examples.

The example offered in Antiquorum’s September auction bears one of the earliest serial numbers (1'602'920) of this reference ever recorded. This places the watch in the era of Single Red Sea-Dwellers, of which only six are known to exist.

Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO of Antiquorum commented, “We are extremely proud to offer what is unarguably one of the most important Sea-Dweller’s ever to appear at auction. This represents a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire a truly historic timepiece with an extraordinary provenance.”

Not only is this watch extremely rare, but it also has the added cachet of an exceptional provenance. Philippe Cousteau developed a love of marine life early on, learning how to dive at the tender age of five. He soon began to travel the world with his legendary father Jacques Cousteau, known as one of the most celebrated oceanographers of all time; he co-developed the first underwater breathing apparatus in partnership with Acqualung and drew attention to the amazing world of underwater life in the movie “The Silent World” which won him the prestigious Palme D’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956.

With an insatiable passion for the sea, Philippe Cousteau became the lead photographer on many of his father’s expeditions on the oceanographic research vessel the Calypso. He also produced numerous important documentaries about underwater life alongside his father in addition to his own television series on environmental issues. Sadly, his life was cut short in 1979 when a tragic plane accident occurred flying a Catalina near Lisbon.

After having worn the watch for 10 years, Philippe gifted it to Thomas Horton who was a close friend and collaborator of the Cousteau family. Andrew Horton, Thomas’ son, vividly recounts his early childhood memories about his father and the Cousteau family which can be read in a letter that accompanies this lot.

This exceptional timepiece is  an extremely rare, center seconds  stainless steel diver’s chronometer wristwatch with Double-Red Sea-Dweller logo, helium escape valve, date and stainless steel Rolex Oyster Fliplock bracelet.  Also accompanying the watch are 8 X 10 photos showing Philippe Cousteau wearing the watch, a book “Diving Companions” by Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Diole, a red “Cousteau Crew” shirt, a 14 X 11 photo of the sailing yacht and a 14 X 11 photo of Philippe Cousteau at sea.

Estimate: US$ 100,000 – 150,000