1744 meets 2010 as Sotheby’s launches its new application for the iPhone and iPad. Sotheby’s will also offer 244 lots at its autumn sale of Important Watches at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage in Geneva on Sunday, November 14. The sale brings together an impressive range of timepieces tracing this history of watchmaking from 1620 to the present day.
Now available for free download in the iTunes App Store, Sotheby’s app allows users to:
– Watch the latest podcasts, currently featuring a tour of highlights from the Divine Comedy exhibition, as well as Charles Moffett’s interview with Chiyo Ishikawa of the Seattle Art Museum in anticipation of their upcoming Picasso exhibition.
– Browse catalogs for upcoming sales
– Search among upcoming lots
– Zoom in for a closer look
– Access condition reports
– Log in and leave an absentee bid
– View auction results
Sotheby’s has also improved its main and mobile websites. BidNow allows clients to watch all Sotheby’s auctions live online and place bids in real time, from anywhere in the world. The Sotheby’s mobile site lets clients browse a calendar of upcoming auctions; search among upcoming lots; zoom in on images; view condition reports; email a lot to a friend; log in place an absentee bid; view auction results; and access contact details for Sotheby’s specialists.
Wristwatch enthusiasts may want to take advantage of these new interactive tools to follow the November 14 Geneva sale. The auction will be spearheaded by an exceptional selection of rare enamel timepieces and automata, made for the Chinese and Turkish markets during the 18th and 19th centuries. The sale also features several rare antique pocketwatches including a stunning silver and gilt oval verge watch with sundial and compass made by Cauchoys circa 1625 and a rare silver pair case calendar verge watch, made circa 1650 by G. Nourisson, Lyon.
Vintage and modern wristwatches are also well represented in the sale, which includes and 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe ref. 2499 perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and registers made in 1973, a Patek ref. 5101P 10 day tourbillon, an 18k yellow gold Patek ref. 1463 chronograph produced in 1966, and an 18k white gold Patek ref. 5020 perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phase produced in 1994. Also available is a Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona 6263/6239 circa 1966.