Sotheby’s upcoming auction of Important Watches in Geneva will bring together a selection of fine and rare timepieces to suit every collecting style. Highlights from the sale, to be held on Sunday, 12 November at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, include a selection of vintage and modern watches from the most prominent brands, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, F.P. Journe and Richard Mille. Furthermore, a collection of Urban Jürgensen watches will be bring to auction for the first time.
Standout wristwatches by Patek Philippe include a 1974 example of the reference 3448 – the first automatic perpetual calendar ever made in series – a reference 2526 in pink gold with enamel dial and an Astronomical watch, the reference 5102G, featuring a dynamic celestial chart of the Northern Hemisphere.
One thing is important to notice with Cartier; unlike most manufacturers, they had a strong focus on shaped watches. Many brands tried to do so — especially in the 1920s and 1930s, where Art-Deco also influenced watchmaking and where we’ve seen many timepieces with rectangular or cushion-shaped watches — but few manufactures achieved to keep this feature for a hallmark. In fact, when you examine the real collections of older brands, there are mainly round watches, if we talk about apparel or sports watches. But, Cartier’s strongest timepieces all share this notion of being different from the norm of the round timepiece. Take for example the Tank and its own rectangular case. Recently, the brand introduced a few additional picky watches, like for example that the Ballon Bleu. But then again, its not just a round case. Same could be said for your own Clé. Shapes are always part of the design of a Cartier, with many distinct inspirations and style. However, a Cartier is identifiable as so and the elegance of their watches is undeniable.