Included in our December 4 Fine Timepieces auction are a number of timepieces that elevate their traditional styles. From the extreme to the luxurious, below are some of the most recognized of our December collection.
Elevated Men’s Watches
LOT 4 – This ‘Santos 100’ wristwatch by Cartier is modern and industrious. The square bezel is of matte rose gold and affixed by carbon steel screws. Combined with its black calfskin lined kevlar strap, this timepiece is rugged while retaining classic elements.
LOT 48 – An undeniable staple is the two-tone Rolex. This stainless steel and yellow gold Datejust wristwatch is the image that many conjure when Rolex comes to mind. This example features a date aperture with gold Roman numerals on a champagne dial.
LOT 60 – Offering a more sporty feel is this contemporary titanium dual digital-analog ‘Emergency II’ wristwatch by Breitling. The orange dial features digital apertures at its top and bottom for 12/24-hour analog and LCD displays. With the adventurer in mind, the turning bezel has an engraved compass scale and is equipped with other modern tech such as a (PLB) personal locator beacon, making it the world’s first watch to also act as a distress beacon.
LOT 61 – Another sporty Breitling (but this time with the racer in mind) is the Bentley B06 S. Manufactured for the famed carmaker, this watch serves the need for speed with its variable tachymeter to calculate average speed over time, distance covered and maximum speed reached. The transparent case-back is crafted in the shape of a wheel rim.
LOT 62 – This limited edition (one of only 25 made) Transocean Chronograph QP wristwatch by Breitling gives a nautical feel to a highly complicated piece of machinery containing over 450 parts. The clear measure of time from day to month, moonphase and season, even including leap year, showcases complex yet useful complications for everyday. This example features a blue alligator strap and dial in luxurious contrast to its rose gold elements.
LOT 73– Also highlighting the clear and refined measure of time is this all-time classic Ref. 3940 perpetual calendar moonphase wristwatch by Patek Philippe. As one of the first manufacturers of a perpetual calendar wristwatch in the 1920’s, the 18 karat yellow gold finishes complete with a brown crocodile strap make it an elegant yet wearable example of one of horology’s true grand complications.