Sotheby’s upcoming auction of Important Watches in Geneva will bring together a selection of fine and rare timepieces to suit every collecting style. Highlights from the sale, to be held on Sunday, 12 November at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, include a selection of vintage and modern watches from the most prominent brands, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, F.P. Journe and Richard Mille. Furthermore, a collection of Urban Jürgensen watches will be bring to auction for the first time.
My sorrow (as somebody who likes bicycles) is that the invention (beyond the layout — that might be the true winner here) from the watch is an incremental digital counter that Richard Mille relates to being like an “odometer.” Don’t overthink this. Fundamentally you manually enter each mile (or whatever you want to count) on the “horological odometer” and be on your merry way. Richard Mille states such as that cyclists may manually input every mile they rode after the fact. Are they going to find out this? Probably by imitating an electronic device that is recording the quantities of miles traveled — which may keep track of this info anyways.Richard Mille no doubt has other (let us imagine they’re nefarious) uses in mind with this particular totalizer complication. What if this were a lookout for hit guys or mercenaries to track their entire body counts? Or imagine if something much more mundane occurs and individuals who own one of those rare luxuries will enjoy the rare experience of this exotic fidget spinner letting you count as high and pretty much anybody can in one sitting… and then simplifying the total to zero. C’mon, it is roughly as cathartic as idly spending some time on a casual smartphone game.Richard Mille is not ignorant of the fact that the totalizer isn’t the most exciting innovation in the realm of watches, but they do worry the upsides suggesting that the rollers align very precisely, that the machine is designed to prevent “casual manipulations,” along with a lock to ensure overall stability. In other words, Richard Mille would like you to know that the process of pressing in digit after digit via the instance button will feel incredible for all those rickety mechanical button fetishists (we know who we are).
Standout wristwatches by Patek Philippe include a 1974 example of the reference 3448 – the first automatic perpetual calendar ever made in series – a reference 2526 in pink gold with enamel dial and an Astronomical watch, the reference 5102G, featuring a dynamic celestial chart of the Northern Hemisphere.
“For the upcoming sale in November, we have carefully assembled a wide range of fine and rare watches to suit every collector, from the connoisseur searching for an exceptional piece, to watch lovers seeking to build on to their collection or enhance their personal style. This autumn selection includes prestigious watchmakers Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier, as well as a remarkable collection of watches and pocket watches by Urban Jürgensen”, Mikael Wallhagen, Head of Sotheby’s Watch Department, Geneva, said.
- Patek Philippe – Celestial
- Vintage wristwatches
- Pocket watches
- Vacheron Constantin – Métiers d’Art “Les Masques”
- Cartier – “Rotonde”
- Richard Mille – RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal
Date of the auction:
- Sunday 12 November 2017
- Mandarin Oriental, Genève
Quai Turrettini 1, 1201 Genève
- Thursday 9 November: 10am – 6pm
- Friday 10 November: 10am – 6pm
- Saturday 11 November: 10am – 6pm