The international auction season for top end timepieces is kicking into high gear this month, and among the key dates for collectors’ diaries is the Christie’s Rare Watches auction at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva on 14 May 2018.
The sale features 221 timepieces spanning 142 years of horological history from 1875 to 2017 at estimated prices starting at a modest CHF 2000 and ranging up to above CHF 1,0000,000.
Watches are up for sale from three important private collections, including 11 Patek Philippe pieces from a single owner.
Another unnamed private collector is putting 47 mainly contemporary watches up for sale that have been acquired over the past decade and have been kept in mint condition with full documentation and packaging.
The third tranche is from an Italian collector who is offloading nine Rolexes, including a Daytona “Paul Newman” ref. 6264 with original guarantee that could sell for over CHF 250,000.
The top lot of the sale is this Patek Philippe “Grand Complication” ref. 5208P wristwatch, including a minute repeater, a single button chronograph and an instantaneous perpetual calendar (estimate CHF 700,000 – 1,000,000). It is one of Patek Philippe’s most complicated wristwatches ever made, offered exclusively to the firm’s top clients and by application only. Preserved like new, the present platinum reference 5208P is only the second example to come to auction.