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First independent watchmakers toppled Patek Philippe from the top step of the Geneva Watch auction podium. Now ladies' watches have commanded higher prices than men's at Bonham's latest auction.
Prices are at record highs for vintage and contemporary watches, with more and more brands enjoying surging demand.
Nine out of the top ten prices paid at auction so far this year have been for Patek Philippe watches.
The largest area of the watch gallery belongs to Rolex, welcoming clients with the rich emerald green and gold associated with the iconic brand.
Turnover for the quarter ended June 30 was up by 129% at constant exchange rates over the same period in 2020, and 22% higher than in 2019.
Cartier Pebble with turtle lugs has every chance of smashing its pre-auction estimate of £150,000 to £200,000.
Cartier Octagonal sells for £120,000 in the same month a Cartier Pebble hammered for £318,000 in Geneva.
Cartier returns to some of its design codes of the 1980s for a suite of Tank Must watches with stripped back red, blue and green dials
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Watch Exchange London co-founder Arfan Mohammed writes that he believes Cartier is bound to surprise, and predicts how the mighty Rolex will evolve its portfolio of novelties.