Led by Marie Sanna-Legrand assisted by Claire Hofmann, the 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 Geoffroy Ader, a watchmaking expert and auctioneer, 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.
For its legendary Monaco Auction Week in Monte Carlo, which took place from 15th to 21st July, Artcurial brought the week's sales at the Hôtel Hermitage to a magnificent close, dedicated to Jewellery, Watches, Hermès & Luxury Bags, Comic Strips and Monaco Sculptures. Numerous records were set and attracting international collectors.
On the occasion of the Monaco Auction Week, the Watches department was pleased to present its three prestige sales: Important Watches, The Sparkling Collection and Le Temps est Féminin.
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More than just a watch, this Submariner ref. 16610, which was presented for sale at the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo on 17 January 2022, is above all the tribute to one of Comex’s greatest adventures.
Marie Sanna-Legrand, Director of Watch Departement and and Geoffroy Ader, Expert in Watches, describe a dynamic and growing market, looking for big names and iconic models that resonate.
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.
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.
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