By Salma Awwad
Worth an estimated $2.2million, leading brands include Rolex,Cartier,Corum and Harry Wonston.
Christie’s will hold its largest ever watch sale in the Middle East on October 22 at the Emirates Towers Hotel, with a mid-estimate of $2.2 million per watch.
The highlights include an Oyster Perpetual Datejust from Rolex, designed in 1945, featuring an 18 carat gold, diamond-set and with a green enamel dial with an estimate of $15,000-25,000.
Two fine Cartier ladies watches, one from the Panthère secrete series in 18 carat gold set with diamonds, onyx and tourmaline which was made in 2009, 26 years after its original launch (estimate: $30,000-50,000) and the second from the Pasha series, presented for the first time by Cartier in 1985 which is made of white gold, will also be on offer.
Harry Winston’s Histoire de Tourbillon No. 1, which was launched in 2009 and each tourbillon was crafted with 88 components but weighing a mere 0.46 grams, allowing the cages to effectively perform the rapid 36-second rotation. The example included in the sale is expected to sell for between $200,000-300,000.
Another piece on offer is the unique platinum and diamond-set skeletonized tourbillon watch by Corum below, made circa 2000 (estimate: $40,000-60,000).
During last year’s sale, the Patek Philippe's iconic reference 5971 sold for $341,000 (AED1,252,493), which indicated to Christie’s a great interest among collectors in the region. As a result, the auction house is showcasing a selection of items from the PATEK PHILIPPE 175 anniversary sale in Dubai before their Debut in Geneva this November.
In addition to the selection of watches, Christie’s will offer seven exclusive pens including this white gold ballpoint pen by Ancora, with pave-set diamond and sapphire barrel and cap - the diamonds weighing over 10 carats and the sapphires nearly 20 carats (estimate: $50,000-80,000).