The Important Watches sale during Christie’s Spring Luxury Week reached a crescendo when a Patek Philippe World-Time wristwatch sold for US$1.02 million (£652,000).
The watch was a rare 18ct gold timepiece with two crowns that was manufactured in 1963. The watch is double stamped with the Seal of Geneva, has silvered matte dial, central time zone with applied baton numerals, rotating central two-tone day-night 24-hour dial and outer rotating silver dial engraved with 41 place names adjusted by the crown at nine.
The Patek Philippe World-Time watch was given a pre-sale estimate of between US$700,000 and US$1.2 million and came in just below the top estimate at the sale in New York.
The Important Watches sale was dominated by Patek Philippe models but also included wristwatches from Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Breguet, Ulysse Nardin, Paneria, Jaeger-LeCoultre and others.