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Private collector's treasured timepieces expected to generate sales in the millions of dollars at November's Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo's The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV.
A Collected Man confirms sale of Philippe Dufour Grande et Petite Sonnerie on the same day news of its availability went public.
British rare watch trader A Collected Man looks to set a new world record for an independent's timepiece on public sale.
Silas Walton, still in his mid-twenties at the time, spotted an opportunity seven years ago to become a de-facto authorized dealer for super-scarce pre-owned watches from the likes of Roger Smith, Kari Voutilainen and Philippe Dufour. His company, A Collected Man, now generates annual sales of around $20 million trading these watches with collectors all over the world.
It took years of hard graft to establish The Limited Edition's reputation for rare watches from independent makers. Now the strategy is bearing fruit.
Too many in the prestige watch industry have forgotten that scarcity and exclusivity increase desirability and outright lust among collectors, which is why, as Simon de Burton reports, marques like Philippe Dufour and F. P. Journe are challenging established giants for premium prices at auction.
Maturing market for collectible watches is causing demand to soar for artisan independent watchmakers says Manhattan jeweler.
Several of the world's most respected independent watchmakers including Philippe Dufour, Roger W. Smith, François-Paul Journe and Max Büsser contributed to the film.