BERKELEY, CALIF. — PBA’s May 11 fine pens and watches sale featured more than 300 lots of modern and vintage writing instruments and watches, including a section of Japanese lacquer pens and several haute horology masterworks. One such horological masterpiece, a unique Montblanc Villeret platinum chronograph watch, the only one made, wound its way to $37,500, including buyer’s premium. Cataloged as Villeret 1958 platinum collection manual wind monopusher bi-compax chronograph watch, Grand Feu with black enamel over a gold dial, the unique Swiss timepiece represented the pinnacle of Montblanc’s collaboration with Minerva. A total of 58 pieces were made in 18K rose gold; eight pieces were made in 18K white gold, and just one unique piece, this one, was made in 950 platinum. Montblanc’s greatest achievement in haute horology stands as one of the most sophisticated marvels of modern watchmaking. A more extensive review of this sale will discuss additional highlights.