In London antique pocket watches sell for healthy but deserved amounts every day but there can be no argument that as far as watches go the Henry Graves Supercomplication pocket watch is the master of them all. This simply magnificent movement combines the Renaissance ideal of the unity of beauty with craftsmanship and the apex of science.
As far as vintage watches are concerned we can’t image that many collectors of fine creations such as the Bulgari Serpenti watch, which was owned by Elizabeth Taylor, would pass up the chance to acquire said item easily.
While vintage watches in London’s Sotheby’s continue to sell on a frequent basis the latest news will certainly whey the appetites amongst their Asian bidders for fine watches next month. While the October 8 important watches sale isn’t anticipated to beat the HK$221.5m (£18m+) record set by the house in 2013, the 450 lots for 2014 are projected to achieve a total of at least HK$110m.
We see antique watches for sale on a daily basis but one particular solid gold Rolex watch given to Second World War leader Dwight D. Eisenhower was set to become the world’s most expensive watch after it emerged that it was set for auction in America.
To celebrate watchmaker Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, Christie’s is hosting a thematic auction on November 9th at Geneva’s Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. The celebratory event will see sales include a total of 100 lots, including everything from 19th-century enamel pocket watches to 1980s complicated wristwatches. So if you’re in the market and antique watches for sale in this exclusive auction appeals to you then take a look at this historic auction:
If you were at an auction house for the sole purpose of acquiring a new watch to add to your collection of antique marine watches would you be persuaded to bid for something different and make headlines while doing so? That’s exactly what two 18th-century timepieces did when they hit the headlines recently after they were both put up for auction at the same time.