Christie’s Important Watches Breaks Records


While Christie’s was busy setting records in New You are able to, the Geneva location broke records of their own, fetching $16,447,342 in the Important Watches auction with watches from Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Rolex watch and much more.


The auction featured fierce putting in a bid and hammer prices for prominent watches that lots of would call Picasso-level within the watch world. These incorporated the Patek Philippe reference 3700/031, Audemars Piguet minute repeater number 8712 and Rolex watch chronograph reference 2508. Because the watches auctions haven’t yet achieve the astounding prices of proper art, you will find most definitely significant watches to become talked about.


It had been the very first time to auction with this rare Patek Philippe watch reference 5002P, an uncommon double -dial Sky Moon Tourbillon. Only 15 are recognized to appear in platinum. Its twelve complications, including “cathedral” minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, retrograde date, moon age and angular motion, sidereal some time and sky chart. The 44mm platinum situation holds a whitened-opaline dial with engraved using the ‘Calatrava cross’ pattern and getting white gold or platinum applied Roman numbers. It had been produced in 2006 which is thought the original owner never used the timepiece. The ultimate hammer cost was a remarkable $1,151,836 and it was shipped filled with certificate, all add-ons and box.

Another Patek Philippe presented the very first time at Christie’s is that this platinum Nautilus with regard 3700/031 produced in 1982. It’s thought to often be a distinctive piece and something of 4 created in platinum. Each one of the four is regarded as personalized to specifications from the customer. It features 1.17 carats of Top Wesselton diamonds along with a platinum bracelet by legendary jewelry salesman, Gay Frères. This masterpiece in practically pristine condition set a global record for that reference having a closing cost of $897,052 to some lucky collector.

The ultimate value of $642,268, three-occasions the estimate, set a global auction record for any minute repeating watch by Audemars Piguet. The piece will easily live in the Audemars Piguet Museum. This ultra-rare, 18-karat gold minute repeating watch was restored to love-new condition at Audemars Piguet training courses in Le Brassus, Europe, by Angelo Manzoni and it is filled with Audemars Piguet Certificate d’Origine. ??After intensive analysis with the archives of Audemars Piguet by Sébastian Vivas, Director of Patrimony at Audemars Piguet, together with Michael Friedman, Historian at Audemars Piguet, it works out this 38mm minute repeater includes a quite amazing history.


The timepiece with today’s reference 5528 has a 14-ligne (unit of measurement equaling roughly 31.581mm) original quality produced in 1885 using the number 2844. It had been however improperly engraved with number 3844. Soon after, in 1889, the movement was offered like a pendant as number 8712 and it was eventually came back to Le Brassus in 1904. It had been re-cased in 1921, a typical practice throughout this time around, for an art deco situation fitting to design for the age.

In 1951 it came back towards the Audemars Piguet manufacture and it was changed right into a watch using the gold situation proven today and received the reference number 5528. Finally, on October 23, 1951, it had been offered to Audemars Piguet New You are able to and arrived at the disposal of a brand new you are able to owner who passed it along to his boy. It’s thought to be among only three related good examples.


This exceptional and rare Rolex watch reference 2508 was well accepted by enthusiasts and broke a global auction record for that reference having a closing cost of $362,005 for an anonymous bidder. The stainless 1938 Rolex watch chronograph includes a unique black dial layout with two subsidiary counters, tachymeter and telemeter scale. The 36mm watch is within amazing condition. Two clues to the true identify include: the applied numbers support the black fresh paint along their edges as the tops are polished.