The autumn season of auctions by Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips wrapped up this week with a last tally of about $114,645,809. The mixed whole of Christie’s “Legendary and Distinctive Watches” and “Uncommon Watches” auctions, each in Geneva, was $55,663,737. Phillips in Affiliation with Bacs & Russo ended its two-day sale at $45,073,827, and Sotheby’s “Necessary Watches” sale totaled $13,908,245. The gross sales had been dominated by excessive costs paid for uncommon wristwatches made by impartial watchmakers, together with the highest 4: George Daniels, Richard Mille, F.P. Journe and Philippe Dufour, together with excellent items by Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. Apparently, all of those manufacturers managed to overshadow Patek Philippe and Rolex this week, the same old prime canines of any watch public sale.
George Daniels Spring Case Tourbillon Phillips
The spotlight of the Phillips “Geneva Watch Public sale: XVI” was a George Daniels Spring Case Tourbillon that offered for $4,092,075, a file worth for any wristwatch by the British maker, and the second-highest worth achieved by an impartial watchmaker—a real milestone available in the market. (Final yr, a Philippe Dufour watch was offered for $5,182,109, setting the file for a watch made by an impartial watchmaker.) Daniels, who died in 2011, is taken into account among the many greats within the subject of luxurious mechanical watches. He made the manual-wound, yellow gold Spring Case Tourbillon in 1992, and it’s one among solely two wristwatches totally handmade by Daniels himself. The 2-part case has an internal part holding the motion, which is hinged to the outer in order that when launched by a pusher within the band it springs open to disclose the reverse dial. It was one among a trio of uncommon George Daniels wristwatches within the Phillips sale. A Millenium watch, one among 48 made by Daniels, offered for $830,340—a world file for that reference—and a yellow gold watch celebrating the thirty fifth anniversary of his invention of the co-axial motion offered for $694,455.
A. Lange & Söhne One-of-a-Form 1815 Chronograph Hampton Court docket Version Phillips
A number of different world information had been smashed on the Phillips public sale, together with the best worth ever paid for an A. Lange & Söhne, for a one-of-a-kind 1815 Chronograph Hampton Court docket Version. It offered for $1,060,723, with proceeds donated to The Prince’s Belief.
Philippe Dufour Simplicity; Patek Philippe Ref. 5070G-014 Phillips
Additionally fetching a world public sale file was a Philippe Dufour Simplicity in white gold, promoting for $1,024,347. The watch has a case/dial configuration that has by no means been seen in the marketplace earlier than—the dial is slate grey, with pink gold Breguet numerals and pink gold fingers. The highest ten tons additionally included a Patek Philippe Ref. 5070G-014, a uncommon white gold chronograph with a salmon dial for $854,591 and a novel Zenith x Voutilainen x Phillips caliber 135-O wristwatch, with the sale worth of $315,662 going to charity.
Richard Mille RM 56-01 Christie’s
Christie’s sale of Legendary and Distinctive Watches (wherein not one of the tons had ever been offered at public sale earlier than) totaled about $32 million (CHF 31,877,418). Mixed with its $24 million (CHF 23,669,670) Uncommon watches sale, the overall Geneva gross sales amounted to about $55.6 million. Seventeen tons offered for over $1 million. The Legendary and Distinctive Watches sale included 17 items by Richard Mille, together with the sale’s prime lot of $3,661,673 (CHF3,654,000), for a limited-edition ref. RM56-01. The watch, with a sapphire and titanium case, a skeletonized tourbillon escapement and an influence reserve indicator, was one among 17 Richard Mille watches within the Christie’s sale, 9 of which offered for over $1 million.
The sale additionally included a number of watches made by F.P. Journe, together with a novel Grande et Petite Sonnerie, promoting for $3,060,413 (CHF 3,054,000) and an F.P. Journe Centigraphe Ferrari version, for $1,978,145 (CHF 1,974,000).
Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona Ref. 6263 with Lemon Dial Christie’s
The highest lot in Christie’s Uncommon Watches sale was a Rolex Paul Newman Daytona in 18-karat yellow gold with a lemon dial, promoting for $3,421,169 (CHF 3,414,000). The second highest lot was a extremely coveted Patek Philippe/Tiffany Nautilus ref. 5711/1A-018, which offered for $3,180,665 (CHF 3,174,000). One other uncommon Patek Philippe, a Ref. 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph, the one identified instance co-signed by Cartier, offered for $218,649 (CHF 2,214000). Additionally promoting for over $1 million within the Christie’s Uncommon Watches sale was a sports-fan favourite: a Richard Mille RM27-01 Rafael Nadal watch, promoting for $1,256,633 (CHF 1,254,000).
Patek Philippe x Tiffany & Co. Ref. 5711 Patek Philippe
Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Necessary Watches totaled $13,908,245 (CHF 13,770,540). The highest lot was an F.P. Journe Résonance “Pre-production/Pre-Souscription”—one among 10 items representing the very first Resonance watches ever created from 1999. It offered for $1,081,710 (CHF 1,071,000).
F.P. Journe Résonance “Pre-Manufacturing/Pre-Souscription” Sotheby’s
The second highest worth paid within the sale, $763,560 (CHF 756,000) was for a platinum Patek Philippe ref. 5207P-001, a minute repeater perpetual calendar with tourbillon, moon phases, intercalary year and day/night time indication, made circa 2014, rating amongst Patek Philippe’s most complex wristwatches.
Cartier Crash London Sotheby’s
The Cartier Crash, essentially the most well-known of Cartier’s shaped-case watches, has been getting quite a lot of consideration these days at public sale, and there have been two on this sale. A yellow gold mannequin made by Cartier London round 1989 offered for $712,656 (CHF 705,600), and one other, made by Cartier Paris in 1991, one among 400 items, offered for $216,140 (CHF 214,200).
Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4764 “Cioccolatone” Sotheby’s
A classic Vacheron Constantin ref. 4764 “Cioccolatone” (so-called as a result of the case form resembles a sq. of Swiss chocolate) offered for $665,280 (CHF 604,800). The platinum triple date wristwatch with moon phases, made circa 1958, is presumably distinctive.
Subsequent up: all three public sale homes will maintain watch gross sales in New York: Sotheby’s Necessary Watches December 9; Christie’s Necessary Watches December 8; Phillips New York Watch Public sale: Seven December 10-11.