Special forces need specialized equipment. Luxury watch companies, such as Rolex, Omega and Longines, have been commissioned throughout history to equip armed forces with timepieces that offer unique technical functions. The Army, for example, uses chronographs with telemeter and tachometer scales, while Navy watches incorporate time zone and diving features. Two Rolex timepieces in the Watches Online auction (18–25 June, Online) were custom ordered by the Special Reconnaissance Regiment of the British Armed Forces (SRR), which was established in 2005 to provide Her Majesty and the United Kingdom with heightened surveillance, particularly regarding counter-terrorism efforts. Here, discover more about what makes each of these military-issued watches so collectible.
When Adam Craniotes conceived RedBar Group in a midtown Manhattan bar in 2007, he had no idea it would one day have 40 chapters across four continents. A community-based organization that holds social events for watch lovers, Redbar today has 3,000 members and counting. “At RedBar everyone is on equal footing, regardless of the pieces they own or how large their bank accounts are,” Craniotes, a former copywriter now entirely devoted to RedBar, told Sotheby’s. “We measure the worth of collectors by the size of their passion.” Ahead, Craniotes shares more about RedBar, his personal collection and the pieces he is coveting from Sotheby’s Important Watches auction (24 May, New York).
JAEGER-LECOULTRE. AN IMPRESSIVE WHITE GOLD MOTHER OF PEARL DIAMOND AND RUBY SET REVERSIBLE OPEN FACED WATCH WITH THERMOMETER AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION REVERSO, CIRCA 1999. ESTIMATE $25,000–50,000. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic Reverso design has been reimagined in countless ways, not only as wristwatches, but also pendant and pocket watches. The present example in white gold is highly complicated and lavishly decorated with a mother of pearl motif and dial, adorned with baguette-cut rubies and both round and baguette-cut diamonds. Complemented by its white gold and ruby-set chain, this rare watch is an excellent example of the evolution of the 'Reverso' model.
This spring discover a unique selection of elegant lady’s timepieces in Sotheby’s upcoming auction Important Watches (24 May, New York), also featuring Artistic Timepieces from a California Collection. Lovingly and carefully assembled, the collection highlights high jewelry timepieces by Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre, many of which are playfully accented by whimsical dials. Click ahead to be visually transported into the dreamscape of artistic timepieces. Important Watches 24 May | New York
The Important Watches sale (Geneva, 13 May) is led by an exceptional and very rare Rolex Daytona, along with Patek Philippe’s inaugural perpetual calendar chronograph, and complicated modern pieces by Panerai, F.P Journe and Chopard. The auction also includes an exquisite and incredibly rare 19th-century pink gold and enamelled musical fruit knife. Click ahead to see highlights from the sale. Important Watches 13 May 2018 | Geneva
Sotheby's Watches Online auction offers a varied selection of men’s timepieces from elite watchmakers, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, IWC and others. On offer this season are an iconic Rolex Daytona, the last made with a steel bezel, and a limited-edition Audemars Piguet’s wristwatch created to mark Maserati's 90th anniversary. Click ahead to browse seven examples of exquisite craftsmanship and stylish aesthetic. Watches Online 18–30 April | Online
From Patek Philippe's special edition of their iconic world time reference 5130 to A. Lange & Söhne's limited edition minute repeater and an experimental Rolex watch, Sotheby's Watches Online auction has timepieces to suit every style and collector. Click ahead to browse ten highlights from the sale, now open for bidding. Watches Online 18–30 April | Online
Find out about the production quirk that turned an already desirable Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona into a dream for a demanding collector. This trophy piece is a highlight of our upcoming Important Watches sale (Geneva, 13 May).
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