5 Statement Watches You Should Add to Your Collection

5 Statement Watches You Should Add to Your Collection

On the occasion of The Hong Kong Sales, Charlie Foxhall picks his five timepiece recommendations.
On the occasion of The Hong Kong Sales, Charlie Foxhall picks his five timepiece recommendations.

A s spring unfolds, Sotheby's gears up for its next major sale with the Important Watches I auction in Hong Kong. The sale is poised to showcase an array of remarkable and historically significant timepieces for collectors and enthusiasts, alike, with 240 lots set to meet the hammer on 7 April.

Last week, we looked at 10 particularly notable lots with picks from Joey Luk, Sotheby’s Asia Head of Department, Watches, in our previous Specialist Picks, and today we look at five more. This next set of highlights was chosen by Charlie Foxhall, Sotheby’s Geneva Specialist, Watches, who brings his expertise and keen eye for fine timepieces with this diverse selection – including a bright-faced Rolex, statement-making Cartier, elevated Urban Jürgensen, and two distinct Patek Philippe timepieces.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36, Reference 126000

Leading Foxhall’s picks is a contemporary classic – the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36, Reference 126000. Serving as a modern, more playful embodiment of the brand’s entry-level class, this particular example features a striking yellow dial alongside its classic time-only display. Describing the watch as one of his “favorite modern Rolex models and the perfect summer watch,” the specialist noted that its size is perfect for both men and women, and that its relatively loud colourway makes it surprisingly versatile from sunny ski slopes to warm weather beaches.

This Oyster Perpetual, circa 2021, encapsulates the more lighthearted side of Rolex’s product development team with all the refinement of the brand’s famed watchmaking ability. It is presented in like-new condition, making it a sought-after piece for every collector.

Cartier Baignoire Allongée

Second in Foxhall’s highlights is an uncommon rarity from Cartier, the Baignoire Allongée. As its name indicates, the watch is an elongated variation of the Maison’s classic and ovular Baignoire, with this example hailing from the early 1990s.

The Cartier Baignoire Allongée is highlighted by Foxhall as a remarkable piece that transcends gender and era. “A serious statement piece for both men and women. It transports the wearer to the golden age of Cartier watches and the swinging 60s,” Foxhall remarks. This piece's striking design via Cartier's playful reinterpretation of classic shapes underscore its lasting allure, ensuring the design is "just popular now as they have ever been."

Urban Jürgensen Reference 8

Works from the Danish-born Urban Jürgensen are some of the most sought-after independent timepieces on the market today, with this demand seemingly increasing with each new sale. Examples, like this rare Reference 8 from the late 1990s, make that clear as to why. Foxhall praised the understated elegance of the rare model, noting that “the sheer elegance of Urban Jürgensen from this period is undeniable.” He also pointed to its growing popularity among collectors for what’s often seen as a universal appeal and flawless design.

The watch, with its silvered guilloché dial and platinum case, represents a pinnacle of Swiss independent watchmaking artistry, making it an exquisite addition to any refined collection.

Patek Philippe Reference 5100

The first of the two Patek Philippes highlighted by Foxhall is the novel Reference 5100 “Manta Ray.” Foxhall discussed the rare Patek Philippe with enthusiasm, noting its design and functionality as a harbinger of classic status. “With its form based on the manta ray, this eccentric Patek Philippe 5100 is promising of a design classic,” he observed, lauding its 10-day power reserve and platinum casing. This watch, according to Foxhall, represents an excellent value proposition, likely to appreciate as it ages.

This limited edition piece, produced in the early 2000s, was produced to commemorate the new millennium, and showcases the modern creative spirit of Patek Philippe.

Patek Philippe Reference 5950

For his final selection, Foxhall chose the Reference 5950, a steel-clad monopusher that harks back to the brand's vintage 1920s designs. Foxhall explained that “its vintage proportions and limited production make it a unique talking point at any gathering,” going on to touch upon its classic-with-a-twist appeal and sporty steel bracelet.

First introduced at Baselworld in 2010 and then updated in 2014, this split seconds single button chronograph is a showcase in Patek Philippe's mastery in combining elegance with complex movements, all while touching upon its storied legacy in distinct design.

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