CHRISTIE’S: Over 200 exceptional watches for the season’s first sale
After strong records set last year (the highest annual total for watch auctions in the region at US$24.5 million; the Patek Philippe Ref. 5002-P Sky Moon Tourbillon sold for US$1.59 million setting a record for the most expensive watch in the Middle East as well the most expensive watch ever sold online at Christie’s; and the online sale in April 2021 which totalled US$14.1 million, the highest result for any online watch sale at Christie’s), Christie’s Watches Dubai has earned its place as a key hub for collectors and the place where sellers can be sure of achieving strong prices for exceptional pieces.
This Spring’s online sale from 15th to 29th March further cements Christie’s Watches Dubai’s position in the market as over 200 lots have been consigned for the season’s first sale in the region, with an estimate between US$12 million and US$18 million. Among this fine selection, for the first time at auction, there are two superb examples of the incredible Greubel Forsey GMT Sport. Launched in 2019, the blue version is a limited edition of 11 pieces while the red piece is a one-off.
Also to be presented at this auction: a dazzling Rolex Daytona Platinum Ref. 116576TBR with baguette diamond bezel and eastern Arabic numerals, a Rolex Daytona ‘Rainbow’, an equally stunning Vintage Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 “Big Red”, and a Rolex Submariner COMEX Ref. 16800. Among the other, equally tantalising treasures in store: one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe timepieces such as the Ref. 3940G made for Michael Ovitz, and the Ref. 3974J with minute repeater and perpetual calendar – as well as a strong independent section including a F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain with brass movement, a F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance Black Label, a rare platinum Audemars Piguet Grande Sonnerie with Breguet numerals dial, and a Richard Mille RM70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost.