Calling all watch enthusiasts, Christie’s will be holding the largest and most valuable watch auction in the Middle East. Watches Online: Dubai Edit will be a milestone online auction event featuring a large selection of timeless pieces. Online bidding will begin on March 24, 2021 to April 9, 2021. The auction is estimated to achieve USD 9 million to USD 15 million.
Remy Julia, chief watch specialist at Christie’s Dubai said, “Watches Online: Dubai Edit is without precedent in the Middle East. This auction event is the perfect barometer for current collector demand, be it in the contemporary or the vintage watch space. It brings together into one place exceptional exemplars of watchmaking, in sync with the spirit and passion of the truly discerning collectors in the Middle East.”
Among the selected lots is an extremely rare Patek Philippe, the Sky Moon Tourbillon, the first-ever double-faced wristwatch in Geneva’s factory history. The timepiece houses 12 of the rarest complications including a tourbillon and a minute repeater.
Additionally, a selection of vintage Rolex watches with one of the highest desirability indexes will also be featured in the auction; Rolex Dato Compax produced circa 1952, Rolex Submariner “Big Crown”, Rolex Sea-Dweller , and a rare Rolex Ref.3525.
The auction also includes a curated selection of three FP Journe timepieces made before 2004; Resonance, Zodiac made in 150 samples only, and Octa Automatique with a pink dial. All three are recognizable with their three rhodium-plated brass movements, and made from platinum.
Also on auction are watches with strong ties to the region. These include the Rolex Day-Date ref 1804 models with Eastern Arabic numerals (Hindi numerals), or featuring official crests of regional royalty or armed forces, as well as the MB&F LM1 M.A.D. Dubai limited edition and Richard Mille RM 010 MBZ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix edition.
The watches can be viewed on an appointment basis at Christie’s Dubai DIFC Gate Village 5, Podium Level, between March 24 and April 8.