An Evening of Exceptional Watches at Christie’s New York is split into a live auction, which took place on 13 June, and online auctions, the second part of which finishes on 12 July. Highlights include an exceptionally rare Rolex ‘James Bond’ Submariner (estimated at $500,000 – $1,000,000) and a coveted Reference 6263 ‘Paul Newman Panda’ chronograph wristwatch (estimated at $500,000 – $1,000,000).
Some luxury brands may be suffering, but auction watches are booming – Sotheby’s recent Important Watches New York auction achieved $9.1 million, the highest total since 2016. Highlights included a Frères Rochat pair of four-colour gold and pearl singing bird snuff boxes, a Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona Ref 6241, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore and a Richard Mille RM008.
Gavin Gardiner’s Fine Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns auction, which takes place at Gleneagles on 27 August, will include the stunning ‘Phoenix’ gun which was finished in 2012 by respected engraver Malcolm Appleby MBE. The estimate for this 12-bore side lock ejector gun is on request.
THREE TO WATCH
Bonhams Fine and Rare Wines Sale (11 July)
It’s the perfect chance to restock the drinks cabinet – don’t miss the Fine and Rare Wines sale which never disappoints.
Watches of Knightsbridge (8 Sept)
Get ready now for the next sale from Watches of Knightsbridge, which will offer its usual high standard and plethora of choice.
Roseberys Modern & Contemporary British Art Sale (26 Sept)
The Modern & Contemporary British Art sale will offer the best from newer names in the market: register now for a future classic.