Christie’s kicks off the new watch season with a series of 10 auctions taking place from March to June 2021 in Dubai, New York, Hong Kong, and Geneva, marking the start of an exciting programme for Christie’s in the watch market.
Christie’s international team of watch experts has worked with its global network of valued clients to put together a fascinating season of horological treasures. Christie’s is delighted to release its 2021 spring watch calendar with 10 auctions taking place from March to June in New York, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Geneva. As always, the international nature of Christie’s network has been the driving force behind this season’s incredible selection of timepieces.
24 March to 8 April – Watches Online: The Dubai Edit – ONLINE
The Dubai Edit Online auction is the most important global online-only auction from the industry to date. The Dubai team of experts have sourced around 200 lots, estimated at USD 9,000,000 to 15,000,000.
Among the watches to be offered, there will be the most in-demand references, from grand complications by Patek Philippe and Gérald Genta, to collectible minute repeaters, a selection of Rolex tool watches from the Dato-Compax reference 6036, to the Rolex Big Crown reference 5510, as well as an impressive line-up of rare timepieces from one of the most coveted independent watchmakers today, F.P Journe.
Highlights include the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon reference 5002 in platinum, the most complicated watch produced by Patek Philippe at the time of its production. Two others exceptional Patek Philippe timepieces will also be presented during this auction, both of which possibly have unique dials: reference 5004R with a ruby dial, and reference 3990P with a light grey dial.
CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK
9 to 23 March – Watches Online
16 to 26 April – Rare Watches New York
8 June to 22 June – Watches Online
The New York auction (16 to 26 April) will feature Patek Philippe iconic watches that have become rarities in the world of auctions. Highlights will include the celebrated perpetual calendar reference 3448 in white gold (USD 250,000 to 450,000) and a reference 1463 featuring the prestigious double signature Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. (USD 100,000 to 180,000).
CHRISTIE’S HONG KONG
22 March to 1 April – Watches Online: An Important Private Asian Collection Part VI
9 April to 19 April – Watches Online: A Private Collection Part II
19 May to 2 June – Watches Online Sale
22 May – Important Watches – Day & Evening Live Auctions
Christie’s Hong Kong is honoured to expand its offering this season across three online-only sales, as well as one day auction and a standalone evening auction at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 22 May.
A carefully curated selection of historically important and museum-quality timepieces will be on offer, with the evening auction led by the 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe reference 3448J Alan Banbery. This one-of-a-kind automatic perpetual calendar from 1970 was especially modified by request of Henri and Philippe Stern in 1975 as a unique piece for presentation to Alan Banbery (estimate: USD 3.1 Million – 5 Million, please click here for details).
This evening auction will also feature some of the rarest and most exceptional horological designs by Patek Philippe including a probably unique platinum world time wristwatch reference 1415HU from around 1940 (estimate: USD 2.5 Million – 4.5 Million).
4 to 18 May – Watches Online: Geneva Edit
10 May – Rare Watches – live Auction
The Geneva Rare Watches will include a large selection of highly sought-after timepieces from Patek Philippe, Rolex, and prestigious independent watchmakers, including the first serially produced Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, ref. 1518.
The pink gold examples of this extremely rare model are believed to have been made in only 58 pieces, the rarity of the present example enhanced by its retailer signature Serpico Y Laino (USD 700,000 – 1 Million). This timepiece will be presented next to another important Patek Philippe reference, the ref. 3974G, Patek Philippe’s most complicated wristwatch at the time in 1989. Only 12 pieces were produced in white gold (USD 600,000 – 1 Million).
The upcoming Christie’s Geneva Rare Watches auction will offer horological treasures, with a live sale estimated to achieve between USD 16.9 Million – USD 27 million. From museum grade pocket watches to iconic vintage timepieces and modern masterpieces, the sale will appeal to all international collectors searching for the exceptional.
The sale will feature a historically important Breguet pocket watch from 1805 with Equation of Time complication (est. USD 250,000 to 300,000), an extremely rare Patek Philippe reference 1518 in pink gold with Serpico y Laino signature (USD 700,000 – 1,000,000) and the important Patek Philippe reference 3974 in white gold, created in 1989 for the 150th anniversary of the manufacture and claiming the title of most complicated wristwatch at the time of its creation (USD 600,000 – 1 Million).