Today's offering showcases this wonderful Favor brand German / Swiss pocket watch owned and used by Siegfried & Roy, the greatest magician duo of all time.
The Klumak Brothers of Vienna, watchmakers of exceptional skill and the watchmakers who crafted this watch, were known for producing some very high-end marine chronometers, including for the K. u. K. Kriegs-Marine or Kaiserliche und Knigliche Kriegs-Marine, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Marine. The Klumak Brothers are among the pioneers of Austrian precision watchmaking.
Marine chronometers were used by ship's captains to plot and follow the correct course while at sea. By employing sextants and chronometers, a captain could track the changes in his course over time and determine the exact location of his ship. The importance of their use necessitated they be extremely accurate and reliable.
The Klumak Brothers were also Tissot's representatives for Austria and Hungary. They retailed this noteworthy 18K gold minute repeating perpetual calendar chronograph with moonphase, which sold in 2010 by Christies for $40,000 - https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5395072
For more information on the collaboration between Klumak and Tissot see Tissot: 150 Years of History by Estelle Fallet, p. 59.
This Klumak Brothers pocket watch owned and used by Siegfried & Roy features a full size mens solid 14K gold open face case with engine turned decoration. It measures over 50mm in diameter. It bears the brothers seal, serial number 8501, and an anchor, likely a mark they used to bear testament to the exceptional marine chronometers they also made.
The white enamel dial has black painted Roman numerals. Powering the watch is its original very well-made movement.
We have not polished the watch or done anything to the outside of it...we left it just as Siegfried & Roy last used it which includes a bit dirt, etc. On the inside, we have inspected and tested it and regulated the timekeeping making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Please inquire if you would like it fully overhauled. Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement.
Accompanying it is its listing from one of the world's largest and most respected auction houses and a Certificate of Authenticity from Connoisseur of Time.
We will be listing several of the famous duo's watches. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own one.
Siegfried & Roy - Masters of the Impossible
From humble beginnings in war-torn Germany to international fame and a record-setting run at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Siegfried & Roy were entertainers and personalities that will never be replaced.
At the peak of their particular and possibly extinct brand of celebrity, Siegfried & Roy were arguably the most famous magicians since Houdini.
The combination of Siegfried's mastery of illusions with Roy's natural rapport with exotic animals created a 50-year performance partnership that set unparalleled attendance and box office records. Along with their extensive animal family – more than 75 white tigers, white lions, leopards, jaguars, and cheetahs and more – Siegfried & Roy became famous worldwide.
From February 1, 1990, until Roy Horn's career-ending injury on his birthday on October 3, 2003, the duo formed Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino, which was regarded as the most-visited show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In recognition of their talents, Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn received the Las Vegas Entertainment Award for the Best Show Act in 1972; the Magicians of the Year Award from the Academy of Magical Arts in 1976 and they were honored with the Magicians of the Century Award in 2000.
The duo also dedicated their lives to the worldwide conservation of highly endangered species. They have served as Chairmen and remain active supporters of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Save the Tiger Fund. This fund has educated millions of people to the plight and importance of saving imperiled tiger populations and it has raised millions of dollars to protect critical tiger habitat, stop poaching activities and establish effective conservation strategies in a number of range states. Due to their leadership, the number of white tigers in the world has dramatically increased to nearly 200 and there are now 23 rare white lions.
Connoisseur of Time Celebrity Collection:
I'm excited to have launched a collection that is composed of 85 watches and clocks owned or worn by 43 iconic celebrities and public figures. It may be the largest current collection of celebrity-owned watches in the world. It will be constantly changing and is currently headlined by timepieces owned by some of the most legendary Hollywood actors and actresses, musicians, comedians, and entertainers:
The King, Elvis Presley. (Just sold)
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis.
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
Hollywood icons Steve Martin, Red Skelton, Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Betty White, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, Greta Garbo, and Mickey Rooney.
Legendary musicians Johnny Cash, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Janet Jackson, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Kenny Rogers, Don Mclean, Leslie West, and Hank Williams, Jr.
Sports great and soccer legend Pelé, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, all-time soccer defender Daniel Passarella, Yankee great Lefty Gomez, and Green Bay Packer Mike Bucchianeri along with the game ball, signed photo and watch from the college football "all star" Blue Gray Game in 1940.
Further filling the current collection are watches from King Edward VIII and the Duchess of Windsor, beloved Hollywood host Ed Sullivan, renowned illusionists Siegfried & Roy, Academy award-winning actresses Loretta Young and Doris Day, Emmy award-winning actress Valerie Harper, Golden Globe winning actor Richard Chamberlain, Phyllis McGuire of the chart-topping McGuire sisters, Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson), fashion designer to the stars Nolan Miller, and a watch worn by multiple characters in the television series "For All Mankind."
It also includes rare watches given by heads of state: A prototype 18K gold Buren Microrotor gifted by His Royal Majesty Ibn Saud, former King of Saudi Arabia; a Felsa given by former Libyan Colonel and Head of State Muammar Al Qathafi; a Longines given by Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa former Prime Minister of the State of Bahrain; a Baume & Mercier gifted by the King of Jordan. All three watches are new-old-stock in presentation shadow box frames with photos.
Recently sold was a watch given a handful of years after the Civil War concluded by the Vice President Elect to honor an Army commander who went on to receive the Medal of Honor.
This is a significant, exciting, and constantly changing new collection you won't want to miss! Stay tuned over the coming weeks for photos of other special pieces from the collection!
To view the first few already up for sale follow this link: https://shop.connoisseuroftime.com/collections/our-celebrity-owned-historical-event-watches?page=1&sort_by=created-descending
Brand: Bruder Kluman (Kluman Brothers)
Country of origin: Vienna, Austria
Serial no.: 8501
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Solid 14K gold
Case condition: Excellent with only fairly light wear and loss of detail
Dimensions: Just over 50mm in diameter
Dial: White enamel with black painted Roman numerals, signed Bruder Klumak Wien outer minute track, sunken subsidiary seconds dial, original, mint condition
Movement type: High grade, handwound, stem wound and pin set, frosted gilt, 17 jewels, Breguet overcoil hairspring, index regulator
Crystal: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Serviced: We have not polished the watch or done anything to the outside of it...we left it just as Siegfried & Roy last used it which includes a bit dirt, etc. On the inside we have inspected and tested it and regulated the timekeeping making it ready for immediate enjoyment. Please inquire if you would like it fully overhauled.
Warranty: 1-year international C.O.T. warranty. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; Auction listing from a very well-known and respected auction house.
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee