Sotheby's offer Cutting-edge modern wristwatches in Hong Kong



2016-09-02 10:14:38

Cutting-edge modern wristwatches from the world's finest manufacturers will grace the Sotheby's auction block in Hong Kong this October.

The company is set to host its first Important Watches sale of the season, with close to 300 timepieces expected to realize in excess of HK$40 million (US$5.1 million).

"This fall, Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a fine selection of watches representing the best of modern Swiss watchmaking for our most discerning connoisseurs," said Katharine Thomas, Head of Sotheby's Watches Departments in New York and Asia.

"There are rare and sought-after wristwatches, pocket watches and timepieces spanning over a century of the Patek Philippe’s finest creations; as well as modern watches encompassing a range of breath-taking complications.

As with any sale of fine watches, major highlights include rare examples by Patek Philippe.

Leading the line-up is a Ref 5013P platinum tonneau-shaped automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch, one of the most complex wristwatches ever made by the company featuring  retrograde date, moon phases and leap year indication. Made circa 2004, the watch comes with an estimate of HK$2.8 – $3.8 million (US$359,000 – $487,000).

Then there's a Ref 5101G-001 white gold rectangular tourbillon wristwatch with 10-day power reserve indication, featuring an Art Deco-inspired triple-stepped case. As one of only two white gold examples ever offered at auction, the 2011 watch is expected to fetch HK$800,000 – $1.2 million (US$103,000 – $154,000).

Further notable lots will include a Richard Mille carbon composite and titanium skeletonized tourbillon chronograph diver's wristwatch, estimated at HK$1.2 - $1.6 million (US$154,000 – $206,000); an A. Lange & Söhne platinum rectangular tourbillon wristwatch circa 2011, estimated at  HK$800,000 – $1.2 million (US$103,000 – $154,000); and an Audemars Piguet pink gold and forged carbon tourbillon chronograph wristwatch valued at HK$800,000 – $1.2 million (US103,000 – $154,000).

The sale also offers a private collection of sporty watches, featuring limited editions by makers such as Audemars Piguet, Panerai and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

"We are particularly excited to offer a single owner group of pieces curated by a collector with a sporty and rugged aesthetic," said Thomas. "Embodying a spirit of classic taste imbued with youth and masculinity, this collection is perfect for today’s gentlemen."

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 5.

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