If you are a watch enthusiast based in Geneva or New York, rest assured: events are coming to you. If you live outside of these two poles of the watch scene, you might want to look into airfare. Between the major auctions, the GPHG awards ceremony and WatchTime New York, you have plenty to share your time between the two cities. Below is an overview of the highlights of the season.
Phillips watch auction in Geneva: XVI: November 5 to 6
Along with a trio of exceptionally rare George Daniels wristwatches, Phillips’ Geneva Watch Auction: XVI, taking place at Hotel La Réserve, features a group of Patek Philippe wristwatches that are sure to excite. collectors. Chief among them is a Ref. 1518 in rose gold, from the late 1940s estimated between $800,000 and $1,600,000. But Rolex collectors and independent manufacturers will have plenty of opportunities to indulge their passions.
Geneva Rare Watches Christie’s sale: November 7
The sale of rare watches from Christie’s lives up to its title with the flagship lot, a Patek Philippe Ref. Chronograph perpetual calendar 1518 signed by Cartier. Estimated between $1,600,000 and $2,600,000, the double signature watch, the only known example of its type, is the very definition of a “trophy watch”. Look for Cartier’s five-digit hand-stamped reference number. 17544 under the upper left lug. christies.com
Major Sotheby’s Geneva Watches Sale: November 9
The top lot in the Sotheby’s Geneva watch sale is a c. 2017 Patek Philippe Ref. 5650G-001 Limited edition wristwatch from the brand’s advanced research initiative. Available in an edition of 500, the Aquanaut Travel Time in white gold is fitted with an optimized Spiromax hairspring in Silinvar with a patented terminal curve and internal boss that ensures greater precision in mechanical watches. Most charming, however, is the fact that this highly technical timepiece, estimated between $500,000 and $800,000, is missing its 53rd minute marker. According to the sales notes: “Patek Philippe offered the original owner a replacement for the current dial, but he kindly declined the offer upon realizing how special it made the current watch.” sothebys.com
Ceremony of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in Geneva: November 10
The Théâtre du Léman in Geneva will once again host the GPHG, the most prestigious awards ceremony in watchmaking. Established brands compete with experimental upstarts to captivate the judges with their horological talent and daring. New this year is a “Mechanical Clock” category which opens the competition to time-measuring instruments such as grandfather clocks and table clocks. And after a parenthesis, the Chronometry Prize returns to reward a timepiece of remarkable precision. Among the finalists are many big names (with the exception of Rolex and Patek Philippe, who carefully avoid the competition), as well as relatively unknown watchmakers, who could use the prizes as a springboard to international fame. gphg.org
Major sale of Sotheby’s New York watches: December 9
The highlight of the Sotheby’s New York watch sale is a Rolex “Paul Newman El Limoncito” Daytona Reference 6264. With a low estimate of $700,000, the yellow gold chronograph, c. 1969, is distinguished by its lemon-colored dial. Up for auction for the first time, it is owned by the family of the original owner, described in the sales notes as “an eminent international diplomat”. sothebys.com
Phillips New York Watch Auction Seven: December 10-11
The seventh New York Watch Auction from Phillips offers a mix of watches united by one quality: they are all extremely fashionable in today’s market. From an original Cartier London Crash to an antique FPJourne Tourbillon Souverain in platinum with a salmon dial, the sale will delight collectors of vintage and modern watches. It even includes an entire section dedicated to Grand Seiko, complete with a unique Kodo Constant-Force Tourbillon. For buyers interested in provenance, there is a Patek Philippe Ref. 3998J with an Egyptian hieroglyph dial, specially designed for photographer Helmut Newton. phillips.com
TimeForArt Benefit Auction: December 10 and 11
A curated auction of 17 watches, taking place at Phillips’ New York Galleries during the auctioneer’s seventh New York Watch Sale, TimeForArt focuses on watches that embody the “Artists for Artists” theme. . This includes pieces created by watchmakers working in collaboration with artists or unique artistic creations that showcase the unique beauty and craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking. Even better, 100% of the proceeds from the sale benefit free public programming, workshops and exhibitions at the Swiss Institute. timeforart.ch