Christie's announces Autumn watch season highlights



2015-10-01 10:28:56

Christie's has announced highlights from its Autumn 2015 watch season, with a series of major sales set to span the globe.

For the past 55 years Christie's has conducted dedicated timepiece sales, and the forthcoming series will celebrate the anniversary in style.

The sales begin in Dubai on October 21, with an auction in support of Dubai Watch Week, a new global event dedicated to the watch industry. The sale will offer 160 lots including a large number of vintage watches, illustrating the region's growing demand for heritage timepieces.

The on October 24 the focus moves to Shanghai, and The Elements of Style sale. The auction is tailored to the ideal of the elegant lifestyle, and will offer over 100 watches – many with no reserve – to a new generation of young collectors.

The Geneva sale on November 9 will present "one of the most exciting watch discoveries in years" – the Patek Philippe 2497 'Emperor Selassie' watch. This previously unknown, 1954 yellow gold perpetual calendar timepiece was formerly owned by Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, and is expected to sell for CHF 500'000-1'000'000 ($511,195-$1,022,390).

The Important Watches sale in Hong Kong on November 30 will mark the 260th anniversary of Vacheron Constant, the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation.

A specially-curated selection of 60 timepieces from the company will include a diamond-set Lord Kalla wristwatch, a superb tourbillon pocket watch, and a group of rare and possibly unique pendant watches adorned with semi-precious stones.

The sales series will end in New York on December 15-16, with two sales. OMEGA Speedmasters 50: From a Spacewalk to Today features 50 lots in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Gemini IV spacewalk by Edward White in 1965, during which he wore an OMEGA Speedmaster wristwatch; and the Important Watches auction will offer 'The Pearl of Bahrain', a special Patek Philippe reference 2573 in rose gold with natural seed pearl hour markers on a pink starburst dial.

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