Led by Marie Sanna-Legrand and assisted by Justine Lamarre, the Improtant Watches department, leader in France and Monaco, brings together vintage and fine watchmaking lovers from around the world twice a year for its auctions at the Hôtel Hermitage in Monte Carlo.
With the collaboration of Geoffroy Ader, a watchmaking expert, and Gregory Blumenfeld the team offers the best sales strategy in order to achieve the best results.
Key player in the vintage market for sports and professional watches, the department achieves the highest scores for exceptional timepieces: a Patek Philippe, ref. 1518 Big Arabic sold €883,000, a Rolex Paul Newman ref. 6264 sold €424,200, a model produced for Comex (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises) sold €337,400, an FP Journeresonance chronometer sold €234,000, and a Patek Philippe, Nautilus special 40th anniversary series in platinum, sold €232,200.
In addition to iconic references, the department selects historical timepieces or timepieces of exceptional provenance. From the Lip of Géneral de Gaulle to the stunning Collection of the Fondation Napoléon, the Private Collection of a former racing driver, the desirable Bull Collection, or the very attractive Property of a Lady collection; each object tells a story that we want to share with as many enthusiasts and lovers as possible.
In January 2021, the Important Watches auction reached more than €3.4 million, presenting a selection of previously unseen pieces, most of which were being offered for the first time on the auction market.
Le Temps est Féminin has become the unmissable event celebrated by the fashion world, and remains the most original sales concept since its creation in 2017.
Twice a year, the department offers a sale focused on ladies' wristwatches. From the 1930s to the 1970s, the rarest and most original creations are be to sold: lapis lazuli and jade cuff watches, mother-of-pearl and sapphire pendant watches or watches with a secret set with pearls and hard stones.
These sales are always the time fot exceptional auctions: a Cartier Crash Watch reached the record price of €130,000, a Cartier Panther Skin from 1938 pulverised its estimate with an auction price of €331,200, and Black Mamba, a Bulgari wristwatch made with the collaboration of Jaeger LeCoultre, sold for over €430,000, is one of the most beautiful records in the field.
In January 2021, 100% of the lots in the Le Temps est Féminin found buyers, with a sales result of €1.2 million.
The charity auction organised by Breitling and hosted by auctioneer Stéphane Aubert, associate director of Artcurial, raised €240,000 for the Premiers de Cordée organisation to help sick and disabled children.
Swiss watchmaking will be highlighted at the Watches auction on 20th July with the sale of The 8 collection, a private collection of eight watches from the iconic Rolex brand including a Daytona ref. 6264.... The most appreciated reference for collectors.
The Le Temps est Féminin (ladies'watches) sale on Wednesday 21st July will present a sophisticated collection of timepieces designed by the greatest watchmaking houses such as Piaget, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, Audemars Piguet and Cartier, which will delight lovers of ladies timepieces.
Former Comex diver, Robert talks about his past working life with his Rolex Submariner Comex reference 5514 received as an endowment (number 883) in the early 80s. This Rolex Comex 5514 sold for €110,500 in January 2020, above its original estimate.
On 19th January 2021, the Important watches auction brought together an exceptional set of watches in Monaco. One of the most sought-after models by collectors: a reference 1518 signed by Patek Philippe and produced in 1943 was sold for €883.000. Rolex enthusiasts had the choice between the must-have Daytona 6264 “Paul Newman” sold for €424,200 as well as a Submariner “Comex 6077” which reached for €337,000.
During Le Temps est Féminin sale on 21st January 2021, more than 80 eclectic lots were presented, including 34 from the “Property of a Lady” collection, owned by the same person. Numerous jewellery watches, ladies' watches, gem-setting, antique and vintage pieces attracted buyers, including a record for the Cartier Peau de Panthère watch sold for €331,200.
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