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Around the Web: Babe Ruth’s Watch, Erotic Timepieces in Demand, CIA Watches, and More

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Welcome to this week’s installment of “Around the Web”. As always, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as popular watch blogs and other media. Here’s what caught our  eye this week. … [Read more...]

A Record-Breaking Patek Philippe Highlights Top 5 Watches from Only Watch 2013

Patek Philippe - Only Watch 2013

The fifth edition of the biennial "Only Watch" auction took place over the weekend at the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco. When the final hammer fell, the auction of unique timepieces had raised 5,066,000 euros for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T fetched the highest price ever paid for a modern wristwatch at auction. … [Read more...]

Doxa Auctions Limited-Edition Divers’ Watches Worn By Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean Michel Cousteau diving with Doxa watch

Doxa, the Swiss watch company that introduced the world to the first orange-dialed divers watch, is auctioning five limited-edition models of its Doxa Sub 1200T, each one personally worn by diving legend Jean-Michel Cousteau. Profits from the auctions, which began this week on eBay, will benefit Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society. … [Read more...]

James Dean’s Elgin Pocketwatch Sells for $42,000 at Auction

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James Dean's lucky pocketwatch was one of the main attractions at Antiquorum's June 22nd Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces auction held in Hong Kong. As we reported two weeks ago, the piece's estimated price was around US$5,000, but after several bids from around the world, the watch sold for eight times that estimated value at about $42,000 (HKD $325,000). The watch was made circa 1889 … [Read more...]

Antiquorum Auctions James Dean’s Lucky Pocketwatch

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At its upcoming June 22nd auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” in Hong Kong, Antiquorum will be auctioning a prized possession and lucky charm of legendary actor James Dean, a pocketwatch made by American watchmaker Standard USA with an American-made Elgin movement. Dean purchased his prized watch in late 1951 while still a struggling young actor working in New York. It … [Read more...]

Antiquorum April Auction Results

Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (lot 99)

Last week we reported on Antiquorum's auction of "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces," held on April 10th in New York City. Today, we have the results of the auction, which featured watches with ties to celebrities and famous athletes. The auction totaled $4,033,550, with bidders from around the world including the U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore, Lebanon, Italy, and Switzerland. The top seller … [Read more...]

Rare James Bond and Paul Newman Rolexes Up for Auction at Antiquorum

Rolex Ref. 6421 Paul Newman Daytona in yellow gold

What do Paul Newman, James Bond, and Jean-Claude Killy have in common? In addition to being pop-culture icons, each is famously associated with a particular model of Rolex watch. And each of these models will be represented this week at Antiquorum's auction of vintage and modern timepieces. … [Read more...]

World Boxing Council Honors Hublot Chairman

Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver (right), recipient of the WBC's Man of the Year award.

Not long after Hublot and the World Boxing Council (WBC) joined forces in September to auction off 12 watches signed by boxing legends, the WBC Board of Governors voted Hublot chairman Jean-Claude Biver "Man of the Year" at an event celebrating the WBC's 50th anniversary. Biver was given the award for his humanitarian efforts, including the auction of the 12 boxing legend watches, which raised … [Read more...]

More November Auction Results

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Earlier today, we posted results from recent record-breaking Antiquorum and Christie's watch auctions.  Sotheby's also had strong results for its November watch auctions. Following the landmark sale of the George Daniels Horological Collection last week in London, achieving a total of £8,285,139 ($13,249,594), Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Important Watches concluded with a result of CHF … [Read more...]

Records Fall at Antiquorum and Christie’s Watch Auctions in Geneva

Patek Philippe Ref. 1463

In early November, the watchmaking city of Geneva hosted two auctions of fine timepieces, held one day apart — one by Antiquorum and the other by Christie's — each of which achieved new records for watches at auction. Antiquorum boasted the highest price ever paid for a Rolex sports watch and a Patek Philippe sold at Christie's garnered the highest price ever paid for a non-complicated watch. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux and Hugh Jackman Fight Cancer

Hugh Jackman, wearing a Vintage 1945, and Steven Rom, CEO of Avstev, distributor of Girard-Perregaux for Australasia.

Girard Perregaux has partnered with the Hour Glass Group, sponsor of the Fight Cancer Foundation’s signature annual fundraising event, the Red Ball, held in the Palladium Ballroom at the Crown. The Red Ball is in its 20th year, and had over 1,300 guests. Among the attendees was actor and patron of the Fight Cancer Foundation, Hugh Jackman, wearing a Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 watch. Jackman … [Read more...]

Antiquorum October Auction Results

Patek Philippe Ref. 5101 10-Days Tourbillon

Two weeks ago, we reported on Antiquroum's October 19th auction at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, with several Patek Philippe watches and a rare Harry Winston among the timepieces up for auction. The results of the auction totaled HKD 23,834,875. The highest seller was Lot 322, a  very rare Patek Philippe Ref. 5101P 10 Days Tourbillon in a platinum case, which sold for HKD 1,556,000 … [Read more...]

Eric Clapton’s Patek on the Block at Christie’s

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Last week, Christie's auction house held a press preview of jewels and other items from its upcoming auctions. One particular item that caught our eye was this Patek Philippe watch, a very rare Ref. 2499/100 from the personal collection of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Manufactured in 1987, the watch has a perpetual calendar, chronograph and moon-phase. Christie's expects this timepiece — … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe and Harry Winston Headline Antiquorum’s October Auction

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Antiquorum, the world's leading auction house devoted to watches, will hold its fall "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" auction on October 19th at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. More than 300 timepieces will be up for bid, including several notable Patek Philippe watches and rare models from Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton. … [Read more...]

“Skyfall” Omega Watch Auctioned for $254,273

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean worn by Daniel Craig in “Skyfall,” the latest in the James Bond franchise (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year), was sold for $254,273 at Christie's in London on Friday, October 5th, with all proceeds going towards Orbis, a non-profit organization that provides eye care in developing nations. This is the second highest price for a Bond watch, the highest … [Read more...]

Hublot Auctions 12 Unique King Power Watches Signed by Boxing Legends

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On Saturday night, Las Vegas's Bellagio Hotel and Casino  played host to an unprecedented gathering of legendary boxing champions, as they joined the World Boxing Council (WBC) and Swiss watch brand Hublot in auctioning off 12 unique Hublot timepieces to raise funds for boxing's less fortunate. … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Hublot’s Limited-Edition Watch for Legendary Boxers

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Tonight, Hublot unveils a series of 12 watches, each a unique piece with the signature of one of 12 legendary boxers, at a gala event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The watches — King Power models with a rose-gold and green color scheme inspired by the World Championship belt of the World Boxing Council — will be auctioned to raise proceeds for the WBC's pension fund, which helps the less … [Read more...]

Eberhard & Co.’s Gilda in the Garden of Eden

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Eberhard & Co. recently showed support for “Les Pommes du Jardin d’Eden,” an event held in Geneva to raise funds for breast cancer research. The event, held on September 11th, included several brands presenting original creations with an apple as the theme. Eberhard & Co. submitted a watch entitled "Gilda in the Garden of Eden." It features a snake made out of white gold wrapped … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin’s Blue Sea

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Ulysse Nardin's new Blue Sea was recently unveiled at a charity event in Canada, which raised $18,000 for Toronto General Hospital’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program. At the event, an auction was held for a limited edition Ulysse Nardin "Blue Sea" Jet Ski created by Kahuna Powersports. Like Ulysse Nardin's Black Sea, the Blue Sea dive watch is water resistant to 200 meters and features a wave … [Read more...]

Christie’s 2012 First-Half Results Shows Boost in Fine and Rare Watch Sales

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Much of the world's economy may still be in the doldrums, but the secondary market for fine timepieces appears to be in good health. Christie’s, the world’s leading auction house, recently reported a boost in global sales for fine, rare and unique watches. Pointing to rare timepieces as a sound investment, Christie’s posted a five percent increase in revenue from watch sales alone, topping … [Read more...]