On Wednesday December 15 Bonhams will auction a fantastic collection of watches belonging to Dr George Fisher in their New Bond Street saleroom.
This will be the second single-owner collection for sale on that day - the first being the world-renowned Haslinger Collection of Heuer watches - and will offer collectors and investors a chance to pick up rare timepieces spanning almost three centuries of development and artistry.
The auction features 169 wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks with highlights including a number of 18th century pair case pocket watches as well as mid 19th century minute repeaters and many examples from prolific pocket watch manufacturers.
The stars of the collection are a pair of Patek Philippe wristwatches: a highly collectible 1994 perpetual calendar wristwatch in rose gold, with a pre-sale estimate of $56,000 - $61,000, and a rare 2008 automatic flyback chronograph wristwatch priced at $48,000 - $64,000.
Also for sale on December 15 is a watch formerly owned by Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), the fashion and portrait photographer, diarist and interior designer who was added to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970. The fine and rare 18ct Cartier gold hooded lug wristwatch is expected to fetch £3,000-4,000.
Over the years Dr George Fisher has amassed a large collection of watches which give a wonderful insight into the varying styles and time periods of horology spanning almost 280 years. As well as collecting watches, Dr Fisher has devoted time to explorations in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Paul Maudsley, International Director of the Watch Department comments, "We're honoured to have been entrusted to sell these two special single-owner collections, one that focuses on a single iconic brand the other showing the variety and depth of horology over almost 300 years, and I look forward to what will be our biggest ever watch sale."
For watch collectors the sale should offer a perfect early Christmas present, and the chance to own any of the timepieces from such a notable collection could be the perfect investment for anyone with a little time to spare.
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