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Need a new watch?

By Max Woodworth  /  STAFF REPORTER

L'Esprit des Cabinotiers. The piece opens like a lotus flower to reveal its inner mechanism. The piece is designed as a sphere to show symbolic representations of time and eternity.

Tomorrow and Saturday, Antiquorum auctioneers will put on display a set of watches and clocks by Vacheron Constantin that will be sold in a worldwide auction on April 3.

The sale is to mark Vacheron Constantin's 250th anniversary, which makes it the world's oldest horloger.

Not your everyday watches and clocks, the lowest estimate on any of the 250 items up for sale is Sfr70,000 (US$62,000). Estimates rise steeply from there to Sfr300,000 for a limited-edition minute-repeat, diamond-set men's wristwatch.

Final sale prices could easily eclipse these prices.

Vacheron Constantin was founded in Geneva in 1755, when the horologer industry was liberalized and technological breakthroughs were heralding the onset of the industrial revolution. The horologer has survived through the centuries as a family business with a list of clients that reads like a royal history of Europe.

Vacheron Constantin watches have since become highly exclusive collector's pieces that are rarely displayed in a collection as will be made available in Taipei.

The watches and clocks will be on display at the Far Eastern Plaza Shangri-la Hotel at 201 Dunhua S Rd, Sec 2, Taipei (台北市敦化南路2段201號).

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