Antiquorum is one of the leading horological auctioneers in the world. The company is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The firm specialises in sales of watches, clocks, marine chronometers and regulators.
Antiquorum was established in Geneva in 1974 by Osvaldo Patrizzi.
The company swiftly established itself as a leading source for collectors and in the early 1980s was one of the leading forces behind the sale of wristwatches at auction.
Antiquorum also helped popularise the thematic auction devoted to a single subject. The first of these was the Art of Patek Philippe sale, held in 1989, the year of the watchmaker’s 150th anniversary.
A New York affiliate, Antiquorum USA, was established in 1994.
Antiquorum was the first auctioneer to provide a full online service. This enables clients to place both absentee and real time bids from the comfort of their keyboard.
The company holds roughly 10 auctions each year. These take place in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong. Antiquorum has offices and agents in London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Moscow.
A 1939 platinum Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 1415 watch sold for $4 million in 2002, a world record for a wristwatch at auction.
A 2005 sale, celebrating 25 years of Vacheron Constantin achieved $15.1 million. The highlights were the Tour de l’Ile, which at $1.56 million achieved a world record price for a contemporary wristwatch and the King Fouad I, which made $2.75 million, the highest price for a Vacheron Constantin watch.
An October 2008 sale saw a world record set for a Longines wristwatch, when a timepiece that once belonged to Albert Einstein sold for $596,000.
In March 2009, Mahatma Gandhi’s Zenith pocketwatch, accompanied by his glasses, sandals and the plate and bowl on which he ate his last meal, sold for $2 million. The items were bought by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya.