Autumn 2017 constituted the third consecutive year that I traveled to Geneva to partake of the excitement that is the November auction weekend, and this time around I had the good fortune to win the very first lot in that day’s auction: the Carpe Diem clock developed by Agenhor in collaboration with design school HEAD Genève. Here’s why I bought it.
On the weekend of November 11, 2017, it was once again time for Only Watch, the charity auction to fund muscular dystrophy research conducted under the sponsorship of His Serene Highness Albert II of Monaco. And, as in 2015, I was fortunate to be invited to join the Stern family and Patek Philippe team for the events of the weekend.
The Only Watch auction takes place on November 11, 2017 in Geneva. Here are all the 50 unique piece watches on offer with their estimated prices. Let us know your favorite watch or watches!
Moritz Grossmann offers not one but two watches for the Only Watch auction, which will be held by Christie’s in Geneva on November 11, 2017. The Atum Homage set comprises a circa 1875 vintage Moritz Grossmann chronometer pocket watch made by the famous watchmaker himself plus a brand-new wristwatch counterpart emulating the historic gem.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you are well aware that on October 26, 2017 Phillips conducted an auction in New York City at which the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona owned by Mr. Newman himself was sold for more than $17.5 million, a record price for a wristwatch of any kind. I was fortunate to attend the auction and its attendant events: there was much more to see and some lessons to take away, about both the current state of the vintage market and bidding at auction.
Patek Philippe is one of the 50 watch brands taking part in Only Watch 2017, which will be held in Geneva on November 11, 2017. Its Lot 12, a Reference 5208T-010 Triple Complication in a titanium case, is the only 5208T-010 ever housed in a titanium case, making this one rare watch indeed.
The Chronoswiss Red Passion Flying Regulator for Only Watch 2017 is an intriguing, fiery twist on the Flying Regulator, the Swiss brand’s signature watch model.
The stunning color combination of Fabergé’s “If Life Gives You Lemons . . .” chronograph highlights the Only Watch auction’s serious topic with a color scheme recalling that of Only Watch’s corporate colors, an auction that raises funds and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. But this Fabergé chronograph is revolutionary for another reason!
The titanium-clad Hermès Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente unique piece for Only Watch 2017 is striking, Quite literally striking in every sense of the term.
Like many collectors, I’ve bought and sold a number of watches at auction over the years. So with the autumn watch auctions nearly here, and me being a systematic type of guy, I’ve taken the time to analyze my philosophy of auction bidding. Here I share some of the tactics I use with the hope that some may be useful to you in your own bidding.