The “Paul Newman” is one of the most desirable and valuable of vintage sport watches. Rolex unveiled the first Daytona watch in the early 1960s and named it after the famous raceway. A subset of these watches, with the distinctive “exotic” dial, came to be associated with the American icon, Paul Newman, who is known and revered for his many pursuits, from his acting to his philanthropy, and most importantly his career as a professional race car driver. Paul’s wife gifted him the watch and he became quite fond of it, seen wearing it often—on and off the racetrack.
Fortuna is excited to share some of our favorite highlights from our upcoming March Fine Jewels sale! The sale goes live March 19, 2020, at 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Diamond and Sapphire Compact, Provenance of Anna Thompson Dodge
This Antique Diamond and Sapphire Compact is one of the most special pieces in our March Fine Jewels sale. The antique compact is crafted in a combination of gold and platinum with an exquisite floral design: indicative of the late Victorian era. Hours were likely spent on the intricate carvings of the mountainside, cherubs, and floral motifs. The compact is made more glamorous by the setting of pear- and old European-cut diamonds enhanced by oval cabochon and calibre-cut sapphires; the touch of color contrasts beautifully with the 14k gold. The precious compact has a compartment to store a photo, a mirror enclosed, as well as small compartments where one could hold rouge and some hairpins; the only essentials a lady of that time would need, especially one of as high a status as the original owner…
Our Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Citrine and Diamond Bird on a Rock Brooch is one of the most iconic designs by the famed French visionary. Jean Schlumberger was deeply inspired by nature and movement. The jeweler traveled far and wide seeking inspiration from then little-seen places like Bali, India, and Thailand. The ‘Bird on a Rock’ is one of the famed French designer’s most iconic pieces. The original ‘Bird on a Rock’ was designed in 1956 with the Tiffany Yellow Diamond in mind, one of the largest yellow diamonds to have ever been discovered. Since then the design has been reissued by Tiffany & Co. still with only large stones as the bird’s perch.
This Harry Winston 4.51-Carat Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring from our upcoming Fine Jewels auction, exemplifies the jewelry house’s strive for perfection. Thought of by most as the “King of Diamonds,” Harry Winston had an incredible eye for not only selecting the most important diamonds but for setting them in beautiful designs that would accentuate their natural sparkle. This ring emits a glisten like no other; the center 4.51-Carat pear-shaped diamond exhibits G color and VS2 clarity, and is surrounded by 14 pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 2.25-carats total. The VS-SI clarity and F-G color of these smaller diamonds perfectly reflect the sparkle and shine of one another, as well as that of the center stone.
One of the highlights in our Important Watches auction, this sublime, nearly mint condition, Richard Mille RM-07 Ladies’ Watch in 18K White Gold was offered for an estimated $50,000 and achieved $93,750, more than tripling its starting bid. Richard Mille is one of the most desired and groundbreaking modern watch brands. Their watches are iconoclastic in design, use manufacture movements and have been popularized by countless style icons, celebrities, and professional sports players.
One of the highlights of our past Important Jewels auction, this stunning Tiffany & Co. Art Deco Diamond and Emerald Bracelet, the property of an esteemed Arkansas lady, flew past its offered estimate of $35,000–$50,000 by achieving $68,750.
The Cartier Crash is one of the most iconic watches made by the legendary jeweler. The original Crash was made by Cartier craftsmen in the UK after seeing a colleague’s watch that was badly melted in a car accident. The resulting Crash reminded many of Salvador Dali’s surrealist watches in one of his most well known works, “The Persistance of Memory,” and a legend was born that is associated with the “Swinging London” of the 1960s.
The Important Watches collection is led by an exceedingly rare and fresh-to-market Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” Ref. 6239, known amongst watch enthusiasts as the most desirable and valuable vintage sport watches. It will be offered for an estimate of $150,000–$250,000 at auction. Famously worn by the actor and race car enthusiast, the watch has become just as legendary as the man who it is associated with.