Bonhams spotlights independent watchmakers at its July auction


Bonhams is responding to rising demand for independent watchmakers with a timed online sale dedicated to the boutique brands.

There will be more than 100 watches in the Evolutionary Time auction, which is being run out of Bonhams’ Hong Kong office, and will give a snapshot on which brands are commanding rising prices.


Christophe Claret, F.P. Journe, Franck Muller, Pierre Kunz, and Maîtres du Temps, all have more than one watch in the sale.

“Traditional watch collectors are increasingly turning their attention to independent watchmakers to complement and diversify their existing collections,” says Sharon Chan, Bonhams Director of Watches, Asia. “This group of independent watches on offer are as rare as they are attractively-estimated; some of them are even no longer available in the retail market,” she adds.

The auction takes place from July 15 to 22 at Bonhams.com.

Key lots, described by Bonhams, include:

Maîtres Du Temps Chapter 1, co-developed by Christophe Claret, Roger Dubuis and Peter Speake-Marin. A Fine Limited Edition Tonneau-Shaped Pink Gold Tourbillon Chronograph Wristwatch With Retrograde Date, Gmt, And Moon Phases And Day Cylinder, Circa 2008 (estimate: HK$400,000 – 600,000).
Christophe Claret Dualtow, A Very Rare And Unique Oversized White Gold Semi-Skeletonized Monopusher Chronograph With Striking System And Tourbillon Wristwatch, Circa 2012. Estimate HK$ 550,000 – 1,000,000.
An 18k pink gold F.P. Journe Octa Automatique Lune (estimate: HK$160,000 – 250,000) with elegantly-enlarged date, moonphases and the powerful 1300.3 calibre.
F.P. Journe Octa Chronographe (estimate: HK$200,000 – 300,000), a fine platinum fly-back chronographer wristwatch. Housed within the confines of 1mm thickness, the piece is a prime example of how Journe has revolutionised the construction of the chronographs.
Pierre Kunz | Grande Complications – Piece Unique, An Exceptional And Unique Pink Gold Tourbillon Wristwatch With Retrograde Day And Date, Circa 2010 (estimate: HK$320,000 – 450,000).


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