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Watches, Cars and a Record for Ettore Bugatti’s Mido Watch

Published on , by Philippe Dufour
Auction on 17 April 2021 - 14:30 (CEST) - Château de Lasserre - 31380 Montastruc-La-Conseillère

The idea behind this extraordinary auction was to feature two current trends, vintage cars and watches. Success was guaranteed.

Mido for Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s personal watch, yellow-gold radiator grill, two-toned... Watches, Cars and a Record for Ettore Bugatti’s Mido Watch

Mido for Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s personal watch, yellow-gold radiator grill, two-toned white and yellow-gold wristband, numbered 261.492, c. 1929, 22.5 x 34 cm (8.86 x 13.39 in).
Result: €280,000

The first major piece, the famous Mido watch made for the great Ettore Bugatti, fetched €280,000, well over twice its high estimate and setting a world record for this model. The fact that it belonged to the founder of Bugatti had much to do with the result. Made about 1929 by Georges Schaeren, Mido’s founder, the timepiece features the legendary yellow-gold radiator grill and a two-toned white and yellow-gold wristband. It bears the number 261.492 (22.5 x 34 cm/8.86 x 13.39 in).

A Vacheron Constantin watch, the pink gold “Malte Tonneau/Tourbillon” with the reference number 30080/000R-9257, which came out about 2012, sold for €80,000. It was designed in an Art Deco style with an oversized barrel-shaped tourbillon regulator, smooth bezel, eagle-beak handles and six-screw caseback (39.9 x 49.9 mm/1.58 x 1.97 in, gross weight 130.7 g, 4.6 oz).

The sale’s most impressive racing car was the 1985 Cizeta Prototype Master 1, a curiosity owned by a Maranello collector that a Swiss enthusiast bought for €30,000. It was designed by engineer Claudio Zampolli, who in the 1980s imagined an exceptional car, involving composer Giorgio Moroder (known as the "Father of Disco") in his project. Marcello Gandini designed the 16-cylinder, 560 hp Top Supercar produced from 1988 to 1993. Due to astronomical manufacturing costs, only eight models were made.

Saturday 17 April 2021 - 14:30 (CEST) - Live
Château de Lasserre - 31380 Montastruc-La-Conseillère
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