Perfect Pairings: Cars and Watches

Launch Slideshow

RM Sotheby’s 2017 European auction calendar revs into gear in spectacular fashion in Paris on 8 February with its fourth annual sale during the world-famous Rétromobile show week. Held at the historic Place Vauban in the city’s centre, the stunning grounds offer the perfect setting to present the finest sports, racing and touring cars from both pre- and post-war periods. Alongside the cars, RM Sotheby’s are proud to showcase highlights from the upcoming Watches (auction in London on 25 April) and visitors will have the opportunity to view highlights on 7 and 8 February. Ahead of the exhibition, Sotheby’s watches expert Benoit Colson selects his perfect watches and wheels pairings. Click ahead to see his choices.

RM Sotheby’s: Paris
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 
Exhibition open to public: 12:00pm–6:00pm

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 
Exhibition open to public: 10:00am–12:00pm
Auction: 6:00–10:00pm

25 April | London

Perfect Pairings: Cars and Watches

  • A yellow gold and enamel hunting-cased keyless chronograph watch circa 1920 (Estimate £10,000–15,000) and 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Three-Position Drophead Coupé by Barker (Estimate €165,000–220,000).
    The elegance of this beautifully crafted Rolls Royce is perfectly complemented by the simplistic styling of this stunning Cartier hunting cased chronograph. Both can deservedly be considered quintessential examples of the Art Deco movement.

  • A white gold automatic centre seconds wristwatch with date and Daniels slim co-axial escapement Millennium 1999 (Estimate £80,000–120,000) and 1941 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster (Estimate €385,000–445,000).
    As a lover and collector of classic British sports cars, pairing Mr Daniels' co-axial Millennium wristwatch with the Jaguar SS100 was remarkably easy. Both pay equal and exceptional attention to detail and quality and are undeniably and fantastically British.

  • A yellow gold chronograph wristwatch gifted to Sir Winston Churchill by the city of Lausanne in 1946 (Estimate £15,000–20,000) and 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV (Estimate €425,000-500,000).
    When you are sat behind the wheel of a bona fide British powerhouse it is, perhaps, only fitting that you should be wearing a watch previously owned by one too. The Lemania chronograph, given to Sir Winston Churchill after the Second World War, is perfectly suited to this stunning Aston Martin .

  • A rare and important platinum perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with registers, moon-phases and leap year indication ref 5970p circa 2010 (Estimate £70,000–100,000) and 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet (Estimate €850,000–1,000,000).
    When it comes to unmistakable, instantly recognisable design paired with irrefutable quality of craftsmanship, Patek and Porsche go hand in hand. Taking two pinnacle pieces from two of the most renowned series these manufacturers have to offer - the Porsche 911 Turbo is matched only by the Patek Philippe 5970p.

  • A fine and rare yellow gold automatic world time wristwatch with moon phase ref 7175r circa 2016 (Estimate £40,000–60,000) and 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato (Estimate €350,000–400,000).
    Sleek, elegant and limited in number this Aston Martin DB7 Zagato could only be paired with the Patek Philippe 7175. With the Aston featuring the unparalleled styling from the Zagato atelier, and Patek Philippe utilising Louis Cottier's World Time complication, both represent superb quality and the revival of a famous collaboration.


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