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What Is So Special about Hysek High-End Luxury Watches?

While Hysek is not the first brand that comes to mind when people think about high-end luxury watches, the truth is that this company produces some of the most sophisticated timepieces in the world, distinguished by their premium quality and vanguard design. Moreover, they all are manufactured in-house, with the use of high-tech materials and the latest horological innovations, to meet the demands of the most prestigious clientele.

Needless to say that new Hysek high-end watches are unapproachably expensive for an average customer, which makes it understandable why they are always in demand on the second-hand luxury watch market. It is also the reason why at King Watch Buyers, we are ready to pay top dollar for authentic Hysek timepieces in a good pre-owned condition. If you are still wondering what is so special about Hysek high-end luxury watches, here are several examples that will give you the answer!

Hysek Colossal Jumping Hours and Perpetual Calendar

Created in a limited edition of only 8 pieces, the Hysek Colossal is without a doubt one of the best perpetual calendar watches in the world. Enclosed in a red gold case, it is powered by an innovative automatic movement composed of 1,000 components, bringing together three of the most complicated horological features: a three-dimensional moon phase, a jumping perpetual calendar, and an instant-jumping linear indicator for the hours and minutes.

Hysek Colossal Jumping Hours and Perpetual Calendar Ref. CO5780R01

Hysek IO 49mm Tourbillon Skeleton

The IO 49mm Tourbillon Skeleton is another amazing example of Hysek high-end luxury watches, produced in a limited edition of 8 pieces. Featuring an extremely precise hand-winding tourbillon movement made of only essential components, this luxurious rose gold model is all about complete transparency and sophisticated mechanics presented in the most appealing way possible.

Hysek IO 49mm Tourbillon Skeleton Ref. IO4926R01

Hysek Colosso GMT and Minute Repeater

One of the most eye-catching high-end luxury watches ever, the Hysek Colosso is a true white gold mechanical masterpiece combining a linear retrograde 24-hour display with a minute repeater and GMT along with its many other complications. Moreover, it features a beautiful three-dimensional globe at 12 o’clock, which can be set for either GMT or local time. This model is limited to only 10 pieces.

Hysek Colosso GMT and Minute Repeater Ref. JH88G00M01

Hysek Verdict 45mm Tourbillon Black PVD

Enclosed in a black PVD titanium case, this bold version of the Hysek Verdict Tourbillon luxury watch is distinguished by its translucent sapphire dial with bluish tones. Moreover, it is driven by an accurate manufactured tourbillon movement providing 68 hours of power reserve. It also comes from a limited edition that includes only 8 copies.

Hysek Verdict 45mm Tourbillon Black PVD Ref. VE4526B02

Hysek IO Central Tourbillon Jumping Hours

Representing a high-flying feat of creativity, the Hysek IO Central Tourbillon features a complicated self-winding mechanical movement with a jumping hour function and a beautiful central tourbillon. It comes in a rose gold case and is limited to 88 pieces worldwide.

Hysek IO Central Tourbillon Jumping Hours Ref. IO4527R01

Whether you like them or not, Hysek high-end luxury watches are indeed very special and innovative in many ways. It is no wonder that they are increasingly popular with serious collectors from around the world.

Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback Old Style Watches

Following a series of new high-end watches presented at this year’s edition of SIHH, more and more luxury watch brands unveil their creations for 2018. Zenith is no an exception. Moreover, while most manufacturers have introduced timepieces with a new design, Zenith is one of a few brands focused this year on old style watches, and the Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback is among its most impressive novelties.

Needless to say that when it comes to the most popular Zenith old style watches, the Pilot series is always on the top list. This collection features a whole range of models to meet any style and taste, each distinguished by its unique retro modern look. For this year, Zenith has decided to complement the Pilot series with a true icon, bringing back to life the famous Cairelli model from the 1960s. The new reissue of the legendary timepiece, entitled the Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback, will go on sale in February 2018.

Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback

Case

Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback old style watches are available in two versions: aged bronze (Ref. 29.2240.405/18.C801) and aged stainless steel (Ref. 11.2240.405/21.C773). Each of them comes in a 43mm case, the water resistance of which is up to 100 meters. The bronze version is topped by a black 60-minute bezel while the stainless steel version features a gray bezel to match the color of the case. The fluted crown and round chronograph buttons are traditionally placed at the 2, 3, and 4 o’clock positions. The case back is transparent and protected by a sapphire crystal.

Dial

Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback old style watches come with two dial options: bronze grained for the bronze version and slate gray grained for the stainless steel version. Each of them bears Super-LumiNova hands and Arabic numerals. As for the chronograph functions, this model features a central chrono hand and a 30-minute chrono counter placed at the 3 o’clock position. The small seconds sub-dial is located at 9 o’clock. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

Movement

The Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback is powered by the El Primero 405 B, a new in-house automatic column-wheel chronograph movement with flyback function, built on 31 jewels. It is composed of 254 components and operates at the frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. Its power reserve is minimum 50 hours when fully wound. The surfaces of the main plate and the bridges are circular-grained while the winding rotor is decorated with the Zenith’s iconic star and Côtes de Genève.

Strap

The Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback in bronze is presented on an aged brown oily nubuck leather strap, and stainless steel model comes with an aged green oily nubuck leather strap. Both straps are protected by rubber lining and closed by a pin buckle in titanium.

The price for this new model of Zenith old style watches is €7,900 (approx. $9,800), no matter whether you choose a bronze or stainless steel version.

SIHH 2018: Introducing Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Old Style Watches

This week was an important one for all luxury watch professionals and enthusiasts. The 28th edition of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) officially closed its doors yesterday, on January 19. It was indeed a memorable event, with many high-end luxury watches introduced by the leading horological manufacturers from all over the world. While such brands as H. Moser & Cie., Hublot, A. Lange & Söhne, and Audemars Piguet presented a whole new range of technically impressive models with innovative design, there were also many superb old style watches inspired by historical timepieces. This is especially true for Jaeger-LeCoultre and its new collection of Polaris luxury watches introduced along with the previously mentioned Reverso Tribute Duoface Casa Fagliano.

1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox

The Polaris Memovox was one of the most anticipated old style watches to be introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Inspired by the company’s legendary Polaris Memovox from 1968, this new limited edition model comes with the same triangular alarm indicator and triple crown. However, it is still distinguished by its modern 42mm stainless steel case and wide hands. Plus, this luxury watch is powered by a complicated automatic alarm movement composed of 268 parts.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Ref. 9038670

2. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date

The Polaris Date has much in common with the previous example of Jaeger-LeCoultre old style watches; however, it is not an alarm watch. This self-winding mechanical model represents a time-only luxury watch with a date indicator located at 3 o’clock. Besides, it is available with a stainless steel bracelet matching its 42mm stainless steel case, making it a perfect choice for those looking for sporty yet elegant design.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Ref. 9068170

3. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph World Time

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph World Time is the most sophisticated piece of Polaris old style watches presented by the company at SIHH 2018. The fact is that it is driven by a powerful automatic movement with chronograph and world time complications. Plus, this model comes in a lightweight titanium case measuring 44mm in diameter. It is available with black and blue dial options, as well as with a variety of leather straps.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph World Time Ref. 905T480

4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph

The Polaris Chronograph is another great retro-inspired model introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Moreover, it is the only one Polaris available in 18k rose gold in addition to the stainless steel version. It comes with a reliable automatic chronograph movement enclosed in a 42mm case, with different dial and wristband options.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Ref. 9022450

5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic

Available with either a metallic blue or black dial, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic is all about the purest watchmaking traditions. This time-only piece of Polaris old style watches is enclosed in a 41mm stainless steel case with a dual crown system, which houses an accurate in-house self-winding mechanical movement, Calibre 898E/1. Besides, this model comes with a variety of strap and bracelet options to choose from.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Automatic Ref. 9008470

Finally, it is important to note that all recently introduced Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris old style watches inspired by the 1968 Memovox diver’s alarm model come at reasonable prices, which is sure to make them even more popular this year.

Best Tourbillon Watches with Ultra-Thin Cases

Even though tourbillon watches are not the most accurate timepieces in the world, they still enjoy great success among connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie. The fact is that the best tourbillon watches are extremely intricate mechanisms with complex movements composed of over a hundred tiny components. It is no wonder that almost all tourbillons offered by high-quality luxury watch brands are very expensive, typically carrying a six-figure price tag. Moreover, while every tourbillon watch is a masterpiece of fine watchmaking, some companies have managed to make their creations even more sophisticated. Here is our top 5 list of the best tourbillon watches for men, enclosed in ultra-thin cases:

1. Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon

The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon introduced by Bvlgari in 2014 houses the thinnest movement with a flying tourbillon ever – its thickness is just 1.95mm. The model itself comes in a platinum or 18k rose gold case that measures 40mm x 5mm. It is also worth noting that last year Bvlgari introduced its open-worked version of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon that won the prestigious Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize at the 2017 GPHG.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum

2. Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367

When it comes to the best tourbillon watches with automatic movements, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat is always among the first on the list. Moreover, its latest version is truly unique. Enclosed in an 18k rose gold case measuring 42mm x 7mm, this luxury watch for the first time comes with a beautiful grand feu enamel dial bearing a special opening for the off-center tourbillon at 5 o’clock.

Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367

3. Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton

Powered by the new in-house hand-winding mechanical movement with one-minute flying tourbillon, the Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton is definitely one of the best tourbillon watches on the market. Moreover, since it comes in an 18k red gold case that measures 42mm x 8.34mm, it is also one of the thinnest. This eye-catching model is limited to only 50 pieces worldwide.

Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton Ref. 1UTAR.S10A.C320A

4. Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Tourbillon

Created as a tribute to Michel Parmigiani, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Tourbillon represents a perfect blend of the brand’s Haute Horlogerie expertise and mechanical complexity. It is available in either 18k rose or white gold case measuring 40.2mm x 8.6mm, with a variety of beautiful dials for any taste. Our favorite one is the model fitted with a black jade dial.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Tourbillon Black Jade

5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon

Inspired by the first Audemars Piguet tourbillon wristwatch introduced in 1986, the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon is a prestigious and very stylish timepiece with a tourbillon movement, enclosed in an ultra-thin case that measures 41mm x 8.85mm. Furthermore, it is available not only in platinum and 18k gold but also in stainless steel and titanium, which makes this model especially popular with luxury watch fans.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon Ref. 26510ST.OO.1220ST.01

These were the best tourbillon watches with ultra-thin cases released in recent years. Each of them is unique and can be rightfully called a true masterpiece of fine watchmaking.

Top 5 German Brands Producing Fine Watches

Swiss watches are traditionally known for their value, prestige, and quality. It is no wonder that these timepieces are in high demand across the world. However, the truth is that there are many other fine watches that are not necessarily produced in Switzerland. This is particularly true for German timepieces that become more and more popular with both collectors and luxury watch fans. In fact, many of them are in no way inferior to their Swiss counterparts, even when it comes to pre-owned and old watches sold on the second-hand market. For this reason, at King Watch Buyers, we are not just ready to buy used watches made in Germany – we are ready to pay top dollar for them! Here are several brands and examples of their fine watches you can always sell for cash to King Watch Buyers:

1. A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne is undoubtedly the most popular German brand to date. Established in 1845, it is known for its many fine watches created in different materials and with various complications, from time-only pieces to sophisticated tourbillons and perpetual calendars. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down is only a single example of luxury watches you can sell for cash. Inspired by historical pocket watches, this 18k rose gold mechanical model with a power reserve indicator can easily bring you top dollar at any time.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down

2. Tutima

Tutima is another renowned German brand known for producing fine watches with accurate mechanical movements since 1927. Whether it comes to classic models like the Patria Small Second or highly complicated timepieces with minute repeaters, Tutima is always a good choice if you are looking to buy or sell a high-quality luxury watch.

Tutima Patria Small Second 6600-02

3. Moritz Grossmann 

Moritz Grossmann is a young luxury watch brand established in 2008. However, it has already earned a good reputation in the international market for its wide range of timepieces for any taste and budget. The ATUM, one of the company’s most popular models, is just an excellent example of Moritz Grossmann fine watches that combine the latest-generation engineering prowess with German traditional craftsmanship.

Moritz Grossmann ATUM White Gold Ref. MG-000464

4. Lang & Heyne

Founded in Dresden in 2001, Lang & Heyne is a niche brand manufacturing only a few dozen high-quality fine watches every year. Its collection includes many interesting models with a variety of complications, but our favorite one is the Georg distinguished by its rectangular-shaped case, triple lugs, sloped bezel, and elegant enamel dial. Besides, it is powered by a precise mechanical movement.

Lang & Heyne Georg in Rose Gold

5. Glashütte Original

Finally, this list of German brands won’t be complete without Glashütte Original and its fantastic fine watches driven by mechanical movements. The Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase with its outstanding functionality and elegance is a perfect example of the company’s timepieces you can always sell to King Watch Buyers for cash.

Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase Ref. 1-36-04-01-02-30

In general, if you have any high-quality German watches for sale, do not hesitate to contact our team! We are your best chance to get top dollar for pre-owned and old watches you want to sell!

Best High-End Luxury Watches 2017 in Retrospect

The Christmas season is in full swing! From fantastic Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to incredible sales allowing everyone to buy luxury goods at much more affordable prices, this period is indeed full of magic and wonder. Moreover, the best is yet to come! However, since 2017 is coming to an end, it won’t be superfluous to look back at the most notable high-end luxury watches released this year. In our previous articles, we wrote about the winners of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve, but there are actually much more fine watches that deserve special attention. So let’s look at some of the best high-end luxury watches 2017!

1. Zenith Chronomaster Range Rover Velar

Created as a tribute to the company’s partnership with Land Rover/Range Rover, the Zenith Chronomaster Range Rover Velar is a luxurious chronograph driven by the legendary El Primero self-winding movement that provides minimum 50 hours of power reserve. It comes in a ceramicized aluminum case complemented by a brushed gray dial with copper color details and a perforated black rubber and calfskin strap with a Union Jack pattern.

Zenith Chronomaster Range Rover Velar Ref. 24.2042.400/27.R799

2. Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs

The Pierre Arpels Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs is another stunning example of high-end luxury watches released in 2017. Inspired by the original 1949 design by Pierre Arpels, this beautiful 18k white gold automatic model with a white lacquered dial features a variety of complications, including retrograde minutes, jumping hours, and dual time zone displays.

Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs Ref. VCARO4II00

3. Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronometre Rose Gold

The Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronometre represents a contemporary interpretation of the first luxury watch designed by Michel Parmigiani. Enclosed in an 18k rose gold case topped by a distinctive bezel with alternating gadroons and knurling, it features a grained white dial with a wide aperture for the date indication at 6 o’clock. However, the most important thing about this model is that it is powered by the in-house COSC-certified Calibre PF331 with automatic winding.

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronometre Ref. PFC423-1602400-HA1441

4. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”

It is impossible not to mention the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue” by Omega, which is undoubtedly one of the best sports high-end luxury watches this year. Distinguished by its eye-catching all-blue design with orange detailing, this model represents a perfect combination of professional dive and GMT watches. Entirely crafted from a single block of blue ceramic and complemented by a blue fabric-like rubber strap, it is additionally water-resistant up to 600 meters.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”

5. Harry Winston Project Z11

The Harry Winston Project Z11 is one more worthy luxury watch to be included on this list. Enclosed in a Zalium case, it is distinguished by its openwork dial with a black grid. Besides, this model is powered by a Blancpain automatic movement fitted with a shuriken-shaped center seconds disc and complemented by a calfskin strap with denim effect.

Harry Winston Project Z11

These were some of the best high-end luxury watches released in 2017. We are hoping to see more innovative timepieces in 2018!

King Watch Buyers congratulates you with the coming winter holidays and wishes you happiness, prosperity, and peace for the whole festive season and every day of the New Year!

Top 5 High-End Watches to Be Presented at SIHH 2018

It is not a secret that SIHH is one of the most important gatherings of luxury watch professionals, collectors, and enthusiasts, which sets the tone for the year to come, rolling out the hottest trends from the fascinating world of Haute Horlogerie. This standout event is indeed the best place to see and even try the latest high-end watches for men and women in the unique atmosphere of the prestigious fair. Among the exhibitors are such renowned companies as IWC, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, many of which have already introduced some of their newest high-end watches. Let’s review several highlights to be officially presented at the 28th edition of SIHH, which will be held in Geneva on January 15-19.

1.  Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Casa Fagliano

Created in collaboration with the renowned Argentinian shoemaker Casa Fagliano, the Tribute Duoface Casa Fagliano is the latest addition to the iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso collection. Enclosed in a large 18k rose gold case, the novelty is distinguished by its very special two-tone Cordovan leather strap hand-crafted at the Casa Faglione atelier. This luxury watch limited to 100 copies will be sold exclusively in Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Casa Fagliano

2. Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art The Legend Of The Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Dog

Vacheron Constantin is well known for its commitment to metiers d’art, so it is not surprising that this reputable Swiss brand will present several new high-end watches from its Metiers d’Art series at SIHH. One of them is The Legend Of The Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Dog dedicated to the Chinese zodiac animal of 2018. The novelty is available in 18k rose gold and platinum.

Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art The Legend Of The Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Dog Ref. 86073/000R-B256

3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

This Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is one of three high-end watches created by Audemars Piguet to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its iconic Royal Oak Offshore collection. Being entirely identical to the very first Royal Oak Offshore model introduced in 1993, the new stainless steel Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is undoubtedly a fantastic gift for all Audemars Piguet fans.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Ref. 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01

4. Hermes Arceau Chrono Titane

The Arceau Chrono Titane is a new automatic luxury watch with chronograph by Hermes, distinguished by its lightweight titanium case and a detail-rich dial with a galvanic black ground and fancy Arabic numerals. The novelty is available with two strap options: a black Barenia calfskin strap with a racing-inspired embossed design and a classic natural Barenia calfskin strap.

Hermes Arceau Chrono Titane

5. H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon Concept

Bringing together the extremely complex mechanism and the refined simplicity of the H. Moser & Cie. iconic fume dial, the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept is sure to enjoy success at SIHH 2018. Distinguished by its eye-catching flying tourbillon that takes center stage in the sunburst blue dial, this 18k white gold model is limited to only 20 pieces worldwide.

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon Concept

With such a variety of high-end watches for any taste and style, the 28th edition of SIHH is expected to draw thousands of visitors from around the globe. Do not miss your chance to join luxury watch professionals and enthusiasts in January!

How about Watches with Diamonds for Men?

It is not a secret that whether it comes to contemporary models or old vintage watches, most men prefer timeless designs combined with comfort and functionality. However, since today’s luxury watch market offers endless possibilities to suit every taste and style, maybe it’s time to try wearing something else? It does not mean that you should forget about an elegant timepiece on your wrist, but you can look at available options from a different angle. For example, did you know that there are lots of refined yet stylish ladies luxury models that can actually be worn by men too? Plus, you can choose a timepiece made of titanium or ceramic instead of more common stainless steel. How about watches with diamonds? Yes, we are now talking about luxury watches for men, with diamond-set dials and cases. Think they are too feminine? Let us assure you that not all of them! Look for yourself!

1. Rolex Datejust 41

There are many beautiful Rolex watches with diamonds out there, most of which are made for ladies, of course. However, there are also certain diamond-set Rolex models designed specifically for men. For example, you can easily wear this classic stainless steel Datejust 41 with a fluted 18k white gold bezel and a blue dial without losing masculinity.

Rolex Datejust 41 Ref. 126334

2. Patek Philippe Complications

You will hardly find a more luxurious men’s timepiece than the Patek Philippe Complications, especially if it is decorated with baguette-cut diamonds. Moreover, this 18k rose gold model is not only elegant and refined but also highly sophisticated due to its automatic mechanical chronograph movement with annual calendar complication. Besides, it can become a good investment.

Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5961R

3. Piaget Altiplano

The Piaget Altiplano is another perfect example of timeless luxury watches with diamonds, designed specifically for men. Just look at this restrained model entirely made of 18k white gold and set with 78 diamonds! Its clear and simple design makes it a perfect choice for a modern man with fine taste. Needless to say that the Altiplano is additionally one of the most accurate and reliable luxury watches on the market.

Piaget Altiplano Ref. G0A40112

4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

One more 18k white gold model on this list is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” created in the 1980s. Even though this vintage watch is decorated with diamonds, it does not look feminine and can easily be worn by any modern man. Plus, this design has already become a true classic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 5402B

5. Girard-Perregaux 1966

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 is just an excellent example of vintage-inspired mechanical watches with diamonds, which can be passed down through generations from father to son. Enclosed in a round-shaped stainless steel case and complemented by a classic black alligator leather strap, this timeless model is sure to look perfect on any man’s wrist.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Ref. 49555-11-1A1-BB60

As you can see, there are many luxury watches with diamonds, designed specifically for men. Moreover, you can find them not only within the modern range, but among old models too. So why not expand your own collection with such a luxurious diamond-set timepiece that always looks great despite ever-changing fashions?

Most Expensive Modern and Old Watches Sold at the Christie’s Hong Kong Watch Auction

Patek Philippe modern and old watches continue to set new records at auctions all around the world. This time, we are talking about the Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches Sale held on November 27. With 262 fine and rare high-end luxury watches hammered of the 315 offered, it achieved over $11 million in sales, which is undoubtedly another impressive result for the Hong Kong auctions. So what are the most expensive modern and old watches sold on November 27?

1. Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon (c. 2009)

The top lot of the Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches Sale was a very fine and rare Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon in platinum. Estimated at $486,000 – 614,000, this sophisticated luxury watch powered by a 35-jeweled hand-winding movement with moon phases and minute repeater complications was sold for $581,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 Platinum Minute Repeating Instantaneous Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon

2. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6263 “Paul Newman” (c. 1971)

The renowned Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 “Paul Newman” with a recognizable Panda dial became another highlight of the Hong Kong Important Watches Sale. This iconic vintage stainless steel watch with a hand-winding mechanical chronograph movement more than doubled its low estimate ($205,000 – 307,000) before realizing $504,000.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6263 “Paul Newman” Panda

3. Patek Philippe Ref. 5339 Minute Repeating Tourbillon (c. 2011)

Distinguished by its beautiful enamel dial surrounded by a hobnail bezel, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5339 is a very rare and collectible timepiece that boasts a hand-winding tourbillon movement with a perpetual calendar function. Estimated at $307,000 – 461,000, this 18k rose gold watch was sold for $427,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5339 Minute Repeating Tourbillon

4. Patek Philippe Ref. 5074 Cathedral Minute Repeater (2012)

The last Patek Philippe on this list of the most expensive modern and old watches auctioned by Christie’s Hong Kong is the Ref. 5074 Cathedral Minute Repeater. Enclosed in a platinum case, it is distinguished by its 39-jeweled automatic movement with “Cathedral” minute repeater and perpetual calendar complications. Estimated at $333,000 – 512,000, it went under the hammer for $381,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5074 Cathedral Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar in Platinum

5. Richard Mille Ref. RM015 Dual Time Tourbillon Perini Navi (c. 2009)

This rare Richard Mille luxury watch features an 18k rose gold case that houses a hand-winding mechanical tourbillon movement with a dual time complication, visible through the eye-catching skeleton dial. It was hammered for an impressive $248,000 while being estimated at only $128,000 – 166,000.

Richard Mille Ref. RM015 Dual Time Tourbillon Perini Nav

As for other old vintage watches sold at the Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches Sale, it is impossible not to mention several lots we wrote about in our previous article:

- Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 Chronograph (1942) – sold for $192,000
- Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Model No. A 761 (c. 1975) – sold for $37,000
- Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 2nd Execution Model (c. 1964) – sold for $26,000
- Omega Multi-Scale Chronograph (c. 1941) – sold for $14,000
- Rolex Padellone Ref. 8171 Triple Calendar (c. 1951) – remained unsold

It is also worth noting that one more Christie’s sale of modern and iconic old watches from many renowned watchmakers is happening right now online and will run until December 12. How about making a bid?

Photo credit: Christie’s/christies.com

Christie’s Hong Kong Watch Auction: Old Vintage Watches Highlights

While some of this year’s most important auction sales of high-end watches have already been held, bringing record-breaking results, some are yet to come. For example, the Phillips Hong Kong Watch Auction: Five that will be held on November 28 is definitely one of them. However, there is another important sale just around the corner. Christie’s renowned end-year Hong Kong auction of modern and old vintage watches will happen in only two days, with an impressive selection of fine timepieces to go under the hammer. Featuring 315 lots, including several rare Patek Philippe models from the second half of the 20th century, it is sure to become one of the most memorable. We have chosen several old vintage watches highlights from the upcoming Christie’s Hong Kong Important Watches Sale for your enjoyment!

1. Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 Chronograph (1942)

The Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 is a very special luxury watch that is always sought after by serious collectors for a simple reason: it is the company’s first water-resistant chronograph ever. Plus, it features applied Breguet numerals, which is pretty uncommon for this model. Enclosed in a 35mm 18k gold case, this fine and rare hand-winding Patek Philippe is estimated at $154,000 – 309,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 18k Gold Chronograph (1942)

2. Rolex Padellone Ref. 8171 Triple Calendar (c. 1951)

Featuring a 38mm stainless steel case, this particular Rolex Padellone is one of the rarest old vintage watches put up for sale as the Ref. 8171 is most commonly found in yellow gold. Moreover, it is undoubtedly a great addition to any collection due to its precise automatic movement with triple calendar and moon phase complications. Its estimated cost is $116,000 – 167,000.

Rolex Padellone Ref. 8171 Stainless Steel Triple Calendar (circa 1951)

3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Model No. A 761 (c. 1975)

This rare Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series model is distinguished by its 39mm stainless steel case complemented by a tropical dial. Besides, it is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 2121, with a date indication. The estimated cost of this luxury watch is $23,000 – 39,000, which is certainly good news for all collectors.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Model No. A 761 Stainless Steel with Tropical Dial (circa 1975)

4. Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 2nd Execution Model (c. 1964)

This 38mm stainless steel Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 is a very rare model due to its 2nd execution black dial, meaning two white registers and dauphine hands with steel edges. Plus, it features larger pushers as compared to other similar models, and a hand-winding mechanical movement built on 17 jewels. This vintage Heuer Autavia is estimated at $21,000 – 41,000.

Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 2nd Execution Model Stainless Steel Chronograph (circa 1964)

5. Omega Multi-Scale Chronograph (c. 1941)

Enclosed in a 37.5mm stainless steel case, this amazing example of Omega old vintage watches is distinguished by its two-tone dial featuring telemetric and pulsations scales executed in red, green, and blue. Besides, it is powered by an accurate hand-winding mechanical movement, caliber 33.3, with a chronograph complication. Its estimated cost is $10,000 – 15,000.

Omega Multi-Scale Stainless Steel Chronograph (circa 1941)

These and many other important modern and old vintage watches will be auctioned by Christie’s in Hong Kong on November 27. We are looking forward to seeing the results!

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