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.
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.
« 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.
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