• Press release
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  • New York
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  • 1 April 2022

Christie's Presents The Kairos Collection: Exceptional Contemporary Timepieces by Patek Philippe

Live Sales : 9 May – Geneva, 24 May – Hong Kong, 8 June – New York

New York – Christie’s announces The Kairos Collection: Exceptional Contemporary Timepieces by Patek Philippe. This extraordinary collection of 128 contemporary Patek Philippe timepieces will be offered by Christie's in three parts during the spring 2022 live auction calendar. View highlights in the viewing room here.

On May 9th, 30 pieces will be presented in Geneva as Part I, with highlights including fabled grand complications such as a Ref. 5959R-001 Split-Seconds Chronograph in rose gold with black dial and a Ref. 5074R-001 Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar in the same livery.

On May 24th, Christie’s Hong Kong will present a further 30 lots as Part II, with similarly sought-after standouts, including a platinum Ref. 5951P-012 Perpetual Calendar Split-Seconds Chronograph and a Minute Repeater Ref. 5078R-001 in rose gold.

On June 8th, the remaining 68 timepieces of the Kairos Collection will be presented at Christie's Rockefeller Center salerooms in New York as Part III, showcasing the modern evolution of Perpetual Calendar Chronographs, Split-Chronographs, Métiers d'Art artisanal techniques, World Time references and Complications – and not to be missed highlights that include several Tiffany & Co. dual-signature dials.

IMPECCABLE PROVENANCE, MASTERFUL CURATION, FLAWLESS CONDITION

One might imagine entering a Salon at the prestigious Maison itself in Geneva: From a Ref. 5227J Calatrava to the gamut of Métiers d'Art techniques – from cloisonné to marquetry – to chiming complications and quite a few extremely rare exemplars, such as a stainless-steel Ref. 5950/1A-010 Split-Seconds Chronograph with the blue dial, The Kairos Collection recounts a thrilling narrative of contemporary watchmaking at the highest level of excellence.

Extraordinarily, yet unsurprisingly, each watch of The Kairos Collection is in exceptional condition, accompanied by its original Certificate of Origin and all associated product literature, presentation box and outer packaging. Each watch was stored in a transparent, protective clamshell-shaped box to both preserve its original condition and allow its unencumbered beholding.

BEYOND KAIROS

The Kairos Collection was formed by a private collector of the highest order with a most discerning eye for excellence and the ability to acquire the rarest of items, who has actively collected watches for over 35 years. Impeccable taste, a deep appreciation for the highest level of horology, and a passion for Patek Philippe only begin to characterise this collection, the fruit of years of dedicated focus, educated curation, and personal vision.

Such singular, uncompromising focus on a contemporary time period, the absolutely pristine condition of every single timepiece, and the most prestigious of provenances… In ancient Greece, there were two sides to the concept of time: chronos and kairos. Both are still used today. The former simply refers to all time. The latter refers specifically to opportune, auspicious time, and thus its preciousness. Chronos is quantitative, Kairos qualitative. Indeed, it is called The Kairos Collection for this reason.

The Kairos Collection On Tour

Leading up to sales across Geneva, Hong Kong and New York, a global series of previews at select Christie’s locations will showcase highlights from this exceptional collection. Open to the public, these special events will offer not only a rare opportunity to view up close such a rare constellation of the finest examples of modern watchmaking by Patek Philippe. Christie’s Watches specialists will be present as well to provide insights into the evolution of the brand’s fabled complications. The tour schedule (dates are subject to change and will be kept up-to-date on our website) is as follows:

April 5-8                              London
April 30-May 11                  New York           
May 6-8                              Geneva               
May 13-16                          Dubai                   
May 15-18                          Hong Kong
May 21-24                          Hong Kong
May 24-26                          San Francisco    
June 3-8                              New York           

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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