Results: Sotheby's annual December auction of Important Watches concluded with a strong sale total of $7.53 million. The night's top lots spanned centuries of horological history, from an 1822 Important Gold Split Seconds Stop Watch by Breguet at $346,000 to a 2001 Jules Audemars Tradition d'Excellence Platinum at $187,500. Leading the sale was a previously unknown wristwatch by Patek Philippe--'The Convertible 3448'--sold for $472,000. The existence of the watch in the firm's illustrious history has until now been unheard of to the public.
Details: Sotheby’s New York Watch Department is thrilled to offer a fine selection of timepieces in our upcoming Important Watches sale which will take place on 10 December. This season we showcase exceptional pieces, ranging from stunning examples of antique automata to modern grand complications. The cover lot is an important and rare 18k yellow gold perpetual calendar minute repeating split seconds chronograph open-faced watch with moon phases and register. This piece represent the height of Patek Philippe’s technical precision. An incredibly fine example of triple complication, the reference 767/3 bridges the gap between a traditional mid-20th century pocket watch and complicated wristwatches of the period.
Rounding out the sale, we offer a vast assortment of pieces of beloved watchmakers including Audemars Piguet, IWC,Panerai, Jaeger Lecoultre, F.P Journe and A. Lange & Söhne.