Some people collect art. Others, they like shoes. For those who are interested in antique watches, you should be all too familiar with Sotheby’s Auction House, who has been hosting some of the world’s best auctions for wrist watch gems for decades. This season is no different, as Sotheby’s International Auction House welcomes the “Important Watches” collection, where Hong Kong, Geneva, New York and London are hosting four separate shows throughout the fall.
The first ‘Important Watches’ event was held October 6th in Hong Kong, and will be followed up by next month’s show in Geneva. The Hong Kong showcased pieces ranging from the 1800s to more modern pieces – like sets from Cartier and Vacheron Constantin. The Geneva show will honor the purveyor of today’s modern wrist watch, Patek Philippe, with pieces from several classic and modern time periods. Of course, no self-proclaimed “Important” watch auction would be complete without a Rolex or two – several will also be featured in the shows, as well as a few enamel pieces created for Chinese and Turkish markets.
Rolex will be doing more than just offering 270 lots of watches at the Sotheby show. According to Bloomberg, West Germany’s first chancellor Konrad Adenauer and India’s first president Rajendra Prasad will have their Rolex’s up for auction. Prasad’s piece is an 18 karat pink gold Oyster with a map of India face, worth $222,000 to $444,000.
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