A stellar range of watches is going under the virtual hammer at Sotheby’s Fine Timepieces Online. The online auction from March 2 to 15 features over 200 luxury watches by Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Omega and Zenith, among others.
Sotheby’s caters to the fast-growing luxury market by collecting treasures worldwide. Apart from its classic auctions, it has been holding online auctions since 2004 to offer collectors various bidding channels and experiences. Verified bidders can place their bids online without having to fly to Geneva, Switzerland for a physical auction.
Here are some of the highlights of Sotheby’s Fine Timepieces Online.
Headlining the sale is a Rolex Daytona Cosmograph circa 2016. The wristwatch, which has a stainless steel Oyster case and black ceramic bezel, is expected to fetch CHF 15,000 (around US$15,970) to CHF 20,000 (around US$21, 235).
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 116500LN with black dial and ceramic bezel
Most of the wristwatches on the catalogue for the spring online auction are Swiss Made, a globally recognised brand for top-quality timepieces. The Swiss Made label means that the wristwatch’s movement was assembled, inspected and encased in Switzerland and much of the manufacturing process took place in the country.
Zenith yellow gold automatic triple calendar chronograph wristwatch circa 2005
Cases in Precious Metals
Platinum has been used extensively in wristwatches for some time now. The Cartier Tank, circa 2005, with its platinum rectangular case and jewelled manual winding lever movement, reflects a lady’s elegance and beauty. The auction also offers plenty of selections for women’s watches in yellow and pink gold.
From left: Cartier Tank circa 2005 with platinum rectangle case; and Audemars Piguet white gold bracelet watch
Jaegar-LeCoultre white gold and diamond-set bracelet watch circa 1950
Chronograph watches are much sought-after for their impeccable timing application as well as their attractive design. Chronograph watches of Chanel, Jaegar-LeCoultre and Omega are being offered in Sotheby’s online auction.
Omega stainless steel Tonneau-form chronograph watch with 24-hour indication (2015)
MONTBLANC yellow gold-plated stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch circa 2005