Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Erotic watches at Antiquorum, a Geneva-based auction house

Swiss auction tempts buyers with erotic watches | Reuters:
Etienne Lemenager, Director of Antiquorum holds a repeating musical watch with four actions and concealed erotic automaton ''Musique d'Amour'' made circa 1810 by Genevan watchmaker Henry Capt, during an auction preview in Geneva March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
"...[An] assortment of erotic watches coming under the hammer in Switzerland this weekend.

An important private collection of 33 watches from the 18th and 19th centuries featuring racy tableaux will be offered for sale on Sunday at Antiquorum, a Geneva-based auction house specialising in fine timepieces.

Among the sale's highlights is an uncommon early 19th Century 18-carat watch by Genevan craftsman Henry Capt expected to fetch $70,000 to $90,000 and featuring two automata -- one on the front of the watch depicting an idyll of doves and musicians and another hidden one showing a couple in an amorous embrace."

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