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Event Date27 November 07:00 PM HKT | Live auction 21655

The Champion Collection Part VI: The Finest Watchmaking

The Champion Collection Part VI: The Finest Watchmaking

Sale Overview

The ‘Champion Collection’ is without doubt one of the greatest watch collections ever assembled, a formidable abundance of the world’s most complicated and desirable contemporary wristwatches which includes examples of almost every great horological complication. This fifth and penultimate auction of watches from the collection, entitled ‘The Finest Watchmaking’ offers collectors a cornucopia of stunning examples of the watchmaker’s art, including, among many others, a selection of brilliant cloisonné dial ‘Metiers d’Art’ masterpieces by Patek Philippe, rare and highly complicated wristwatches by Lange & Söhne and Greubel Forsey and a breathtaking full set of four of Vacheron Constantin’s 2007 first series ‘Tribal Masks’. In common with almost every watch in the ‘Champion Collection’, the timepieces in this auction have been preserved in ‘like new’ condition, the majority accompanied by the complete full set of accessories and boxes.

When Christie’s Hong Kong began the series of sales from the ‘Champion Collection’ in November 2021, it was certain that the appearance of such an important and publicly unknown wristwatch collection would create enormous excitement among collectors. Indeed, such an outstanding group of exceptional complicated watches had almost never been seen together at one time before. Collectors were particular attracted due to the possibility of obtaining special request and unique pieces that were only ever available to collectors of the stature of the owner of the ‘Champion Collection’. In fact, the very existence of some of these models was almost entirely unknown to the market.

When the ‘Champion Collection’ was announced in 2021, the essence of collecting was summed up as follows:

“The assembly of a great collection of works of art often takes decades of determination and dedication in order to bring pieces together from disparate sources and to curate them into a living entity that constantly evolves and grows to reflect the personality of its owner. The true collector always strives to refine and distill his or her taste and understanding of a subject in order to pursue the very best, rarest and most interesting pieces for their collections.”

Now, after three spectacular sales from the collection and the exciting prospect of those sales still to come, this statement is a fitting testament to both the owner of the collection and the new and future owners who are adding and enjoying these world-class watches to their own collections.

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Auction times
27 Nov 07:00 PM (HKT) Lots 2201-2282

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Alexandre Bigler

Alexandre Bigler

Vice President, Head of Watches, Asia Pacific | Watches & Wristwatches

Based in Hong Kong, Alexandre Bigler is Vice President and Head of Watches for Asia-Pacific since June 2019. Alexandre Bigler brings over 15 years of experience in Auctions. He started his career at Sotheby’s in 2005 and worked respectively in Geneva and London. Alexandre joined Christie’s in 2010, in Hong Kong, where he held the position of Associate Vice President & Specialist from 2010 until 2013. He then moved to Bangkok in 2014 to establish himself as a Consultant for the South-East Asian market until 2019. Alexandre Bigler has been instrumental in securing major consignments resulting in world records, such as the Patek Philippe ref. 2499J 4th series selling for USD 875,000, the Patek Philippe ref. 1463R formerly in the Eric Clapton collection and selling for USD 711,000, a unique Patek Philippe ref. 1491J selling for USD 591,000 and a rare Rolex ref. 6062 in 18k gold with star dial, named “the Dark Star”, for USD 1,500,000. More recently, under Alexandre’s leadership, Christie’s Watches Hong Kong pioneered the first Masterpiece Auction in November 2019, in partnership with the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department - a first for any international auction house - to stage the exceptional and unique Patek Philippe ref. 2523R retailed by Gobbi, named “L’Heure Bleue”, which achieved a record of HKD 70,175,000/USD 9,013,623 for the most expensive wristwatch ever auctioned in Asia. The methodically curated Hong Kong Watches Sale in November 2019 achieved the highest sale total ever realised at Christie’s in Asia, with a new record at HKD 207,340,000/USD 26,620,207 and with a sell-through rate of 87% by lot and 95% by value. Alexandre Bigler was born in Switzerland and speaks French and English.
Harmmond Wong

Harmmond Wong

Specialist, Associate Vice President | Watches & Wristwatches

After obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Geography from The University of Hong Kong, Harmmond had been running a family business in used luxury watches for more than 7 years with his father, one of the most experienced and leading watchmakers in Hong Kong. Harmmond is very passionate about watches and has extensive knowledge in vintage watches especially Rolex. He joined Christie’s as an Associate Specialist in 2017 after a short career in an international bank. In 2022, Christie's successfully secured one of the most valuable and important watch collections, “The Champion Collection”. With his great contribution in winning this splendid consignment as well as his professionalism in the industry, Harmmond was promoted as a Specialist in the same year.
Cissy Ngan

Cissy Ngan

Specialist | Watches & Wristwatches

Cissy Ngan joined Christie’s Watch department as an Associate Specialist in September 2014, and she was promoted to Specialist in 2017. Prior to joining Christie’s, Cissy worked as the Business Manager for Asia at an international auction house specializing in watches, and then as the Hong Kong director of a large Swiss watch importer. With more than 15 years’ experience in all aspects of the watch business, Cissy has acquired an excellent knowledge of timepieces and built extensive relationships with watch collectors across Asia.

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