Sotheby’s presents collection ahead of worldwide offering predicted to fetch $27m


Sotheby’s has unveiled its ‘Masterworks of Time’ collection of watches, an offering which is expected to fetch up to $27m.

Initially being presented in London, the watches will also be offered in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong between July 2019 and October 2020.

The historic collection, which includes watches from Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Breguet among others, has been put together over the past 50 years.

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Auctioneers are estimating it will realise between $15 and $27m.

Daryn Schnipper, chairman of the International Watch Division, commented: “Assembled with a keen eye and tremendous knowledge, this is a truly unique collection, shaped by years of searching for the best examples of their kind.”

He added: “If you take the scope, the variety, the depth, the innovation, the early watches, the enamels, he covered all the bases, he left no stone unturned. It’s a collection that’s unrivalled in its scope and breadth. For me, ‘Masterworks of Time’, as we’ve called it, is absolutely one of the best private collections ever formed.”

See selected watches from the collection here:


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