Dunkel Swatch watch collection to be sold at Sotheby's
Sotheby's are set to offer one of the world's largest private collections of Swatch watches as a single, gigantic super-lot.
The Dunkel Collection comprises rare watches and artwork from the Swiss company, with more than 5,800 pieces spanning three decades from 1983 to 2007. Amongst the collection are countless limited and special edition watches, rare prototypes and examples created by major artists.
The collection will be offered as part of the Sotheby's Important Watches Spring Sale in Hong Kong on April 7.
“This season we are thrilled to bring to the world one of the largest Swatch collection in private hands ever known, to be offered as a superlot," said Sharon Chan, Sotheby’s Head of Watches, Asia. "One would be absolutely amazed by the amount of artistic and creative energy that can be worn on the wrist. Each watch in this collection translates into a chapter of contemporary art, or even an attitude and an approach to life. It is also a wonderful revelation to me how many serious luxury watch collectors around us are also passionate Swatch lovers."
Highlights from the collection includes watches created by artists Keith Haring, Alfred Hofkunst and Kiki Picasso, two limited edition sets inspired by James Bond films and villains, and several of the brand's earliest prototypes from the 1980s.
“Collecting both the Swatch and the artworks is like having an intriguing marriage that works perfectly well, affording people the luxury of admiring art objects on their wrists," said the collection's owner, Mr Paul Dunkel.
"What I enjoy the most about Swatch is that everybody can relate to it: regardless of age, origin, colour, culture, job and taste, most of us have had a Swatch in our lives. Over the years I have built an encyclopaedic collection comprising nearly every model of Swatch produced in their first 25 years. I would like to thank Sotheby’s for the opportunity to share them with the world and I am looking forward to passing the legacy on to the next owner.”
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