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Moments in Time: A Wonder of Watches

This unique lady’s watch from Patek Philippe, circa 1978, in 18k gold, chrysoprase and black onyx was sold for US$ 43,750 Photo ©Courtesy Christie’s. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

New York, New York — It was last December 10th on-line at Christie’s for the Rare Watches New York sale. The auction brought in US$ 7,743,375, the highest total for any online watch sale at Christie’s. It was a brilliant succession of rare and beautiful timepieces from the leading houses. The top lot of the sale was the magnificent Patek Philippe reference 1463 in pink gold retailed by Serpico Y Laino, which sold for $600,000, establishing the record for the most valuable watch sold in a Christie’s online sale.

An extremely rare 18k pink gold and diamond-set automatic wristwatch from Patek Philippe manufactured in 1989 which sold for US$312,500. Photo ©Courtesy Christie’s. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Among the gems on auction was a possibly unique lady’s watch from Patek Philippe. The watch in 18-carat gold with curved pave-set diamond links and a Patek Philippe rope twist bracelet of alternating teardrop-shaped chrysoprase, black onyx and pavé-set diamond links outfitted with a similarly decorated necklace.There was also a Cartier « Crash » London watch, an eye-catching asymmetric 18k gold wristwatch which set a world auction record for this watch.

Cartier « Crash » London watch, an asymmetric 18k gold wristwatch, circa 1991m which sold for US$225,000. The watch was supplied to the buyer without the endangered species strap. Photo ©Courtesy Christie’s. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

« The strong results of this sale demonstrate the continued strength of Christie’s online platform and its ability to reach the broadest possible global audience. Going into this season, we made the deliberate decision to combine our live and online auction into one comprehensive online sale. Achieving over $7.7m, the success of this strategy has been reinforced as this sale has established the highest valued online watches sale ever offered at Christie’s, » commented Remi Guillemin, a specialist at Christie’s Watches.
©The Gourmet Gazette

A very rare stainless steel chronograph with tropical Paul Newman Panda, dial and bracelet from Rolex, circa 1971, sold for US$400,000. Photo ©Courtesy Christie’s. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

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