A timeless timepiece: Audemars Piguet's Concept Watch brings $116,000

Today in London, Sotheby's presented their December auction of fine watches with the intention of showcasing 21st Century watches of advanced technology. Some of the highlights included:

An Audemars Piguet CW1 Concept watch constructed of alacrite, a new super ally, which includes a Dynamograph, linear power reserve and crown function selector. This impressive design encapsulates the classic shape of the Royal Oak but also created a conceptually diverse and wearable sports watch for the 21st Century.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak concept watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak concept watch

The rare limited edition stainless steel-cased automatic tourbillon bracelet watch with power reserve and date from circa 1997 sold near the top of its £60,000—80,000 estimate range for £73,250 ($116,000).

Sotheby's also presented a selection of fine 18th and 19th Century pocket watches. Thomas Tompion was one of the most successful and celebrated clock makers of his time and is still regarded to this day as the father of English clock making.

Included in the sale is a fine gold verge watch by Thomas Tompion and George Graham, circa 1712. This was expected to sell for just £4,000-6,000, but eager bidders quickly tripled this and it left the stage for an impressive £18,750.

Another example of English craftsmanship of the 18th Century is a fine gold pair cased repoussé verge watch by John Ellicott. This too nearly doubled its £3,500-5,500 listing, bringing £10,000.

The sale also comprised an exquisite selection of vintage and modern wristwatches to inspire the imagination of collectors across the globe, including rare and complicated models by Rolex and Patek Philippe.

Collectors of and investors in fine timepieces who made the mistake of missing the sale may wish to know that two exceptional timepieces: The Russian Imperator and a fine Longines Men's Watch are currently available.


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