Christie's set for biggest-ever Dubai watch auction



2015-06-26 11:27:24

Christie's have announced details of an upcoming Dubai auction, set to be the company's biggest sale of fine watches ever held in the Middle East.

In total, 185 rare and important timepieces will cross the block spanning 66 years of watch making, with models dating from 1947 to the present day. The sale features an impressive A-Z of manufacturers, with 48 companies from Audemars Piguet to Zodiac represented by the lots on offer.

Headlining the sale will be a Patek Philippe Grande Complication wristwatch, ref 5104P, made circa 2009, and one of just six examples to have ever been offered at auction.

Each of the watches takes around two years to make, including the hand-crafting of every part and the tuning of every mechanism, meaning only 8-10 are produced each year. Featuring a transparent dial revealing its complex inner-working, the watch is expected to sell for $450,000-$650,000.

Another rare Patek watch up for grabs is a platinum cushion-shaped perpetual calendar single button split second chronograph wristwatch, ref 5951P, made circa 2011. Launched in 2010 at the Baselworld fair, the watch is the company's thinnest-ever  rattrap ante chronograph with perpetual calendar, measuring 7.3mm, and has an estimate of $300,000-$500,000.

Further notable highlights will include a 2002 Breguet 18k gold perpetual calendar tourbillion wristwatch, ref 3757, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; an A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Model watch, made circa 2008 and priced at $25,000-$35,000; and a 2010 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix limited edition model, an oversized platinum and ceramic chronograph wristwatch, one of only 75 ever made, estimated at $50,000-$80,000.

The Christie's Important Watches auction takes place on March 19 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai.

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