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  • 21 November 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Christie's New York December Watches

RARE WATCHES: THE AUCTION, DECEMBER 6

EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE AND MODERN FRESH-TO-MARKET WATCHES

NAUTILUS 40 PART IV ANNIVERSARY SELECTION

CHRISTIE’S WATCHES ONLINE, DECEMBER 8-14

New York - Christie’s New York will proudly conclude the international fall watch season with IMPORTANT WATCHES, INCLUDING NAUTILUS 40 PART IV, on Tuesday December 6, 2016. Fresh-to-market watches, presented in near mint condition, include limited edition models and unprecedented historical discoveries. More than 250 watches will include modern, vintage and sport watches from Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and many more.

Christie’s will also present one of the most important collections of pocket watches offered in recent years with two unprecedented lots leading the selection. The Patek Philippe 18k Gold Hunter Case Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Split-Second Pocket Watch, commissioned in 1904, is a highly exceptional timepiece of unique provenance. Bespoke for an esteemed Louisiana holistic practitioner, the tailor-made specifications in this watch are unparalleled, including a fitted hunter case, highly complicated movement and hand-made custom enamel dial.  

The Patek Philippe Pope Pius IX Jubilee pocket-watch presents a one-of-a kind discovery; this watch was gifted to Pope Pius IX, the longest reigning Pope in history, by the Swiss branch of the Catholic organization Piuseverin in 1877. The exceptional open face pocket-watch will likely be the last time that a Patek Philippe with Papal origin will ever be offered. Click here for further cataloguing notes.

The sale also features an impressive assortment of wristwatches, pocket watches as well as ladies pendant watches and desk clocks retailed by Tiffany & Co, led by a notable grouping of signed Patek Philippe watches from the 19th century to today. The sale will also conclude with part IV of the global NAUTILUS 40 anniversary sales, offering ten models that embody the coveted design and aesthetic of the watch.

John Reardon, Christie’s International Head of Watches: “To celebrate Christie's 250th anniversary I can think of no better way than ending the year presenting just over 250 timepieces that define Christie's dedication to finding fresh to market exciting horological discoveries across all price points. From a few thousand dollars to over a half million dollars, this sale has something for everyone from the experienced collector to the first time buyer discovering the incredible value and excitement of buying at auction. We expect a full salesroom, spirited bidding, and a true celebration of the watch community when we come together in NY for this exhibition and sale.”

Further highlights include the historically important discovery of the 18k Gold Vacheron Constantin Wristwatch, Ref. 6351, given to Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell in Commemoration of Space Mission Apollo 14 in 1971. Additional noteworthy lots included below.

Complementing the live sale, Christie’s Watches Online, December 8 – 14, offers a dynamic assortment of modern and vintage timepieces suitable for all occasions and gifting needs this holiday season.

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 single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

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 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.

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.