The time of elegance: watches at auction

Auction Preview | Press Release | Published on 15/05/2024

More than seventy wristwatches and pocket watches will enliven the auction on June 3, 2024, at Palazzo Crivelli: true masterpieces of engineering combined with the elegance of jewelry.

Increasingly sought-after accessories, refined status symbols, and complex mechanical masterpieces represent the perfect fusion of aesthetic beauty and technical precision, as seen in the beautiful Vacheron & Constantin, Phidias (lot 1071, €7,000 - 9,000) and the equally elegant Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak 'Mini Jumbo' (lot 1072, €13,000 - 16,000), both from the early '90s.

Lot 1071
Vacheron & Constantin,
Phidias, Chronograph Ref. 49001/967J-3.
Gold wristwatch, 1990s. Full-set.
Estimation € 7,000 - 9,000

Lot 1072
Audemars Piguet,
Royal Oak "Mini Jumbo" Ref. 14700/789SA.
Steel and gold wristwatch, Year 1991. Paper only.
Estimation € 13,000 - 16,000

Elevated to style icons, sometimes because they became famous through celebrities or special editions, the Rolex Day-Date from '59 bears the signature Serpico y Laino (lot 1070, €10,000 – 15,000), a renowned jewelry store in Caracas (Venezuela) founded in the 1930s by two Italian immigrants, Leopoldo Serpico and Vicente Laino, which soon became a worldwide reference in the field of high-quality craftsmanship.

Lot 1070
Rolex, Day-Date,
retailed by Serpico y Laino Ref. 661.
Gold wristwatch, Year 1958.
Estimation € 10,000 - 15,000

Thus, stories of artisanal mastery, innovation, and elegance are what enhance the selection presented in the catalogue, such as the enchanting Piaget 'Coral' from the '80s (lot 1021, €2,500 – 3,500) with a bezel and dial in pink coral and the exquisite workmanship of the woven and hammered gold bracelet.

Lot 1021
"Coral" Ref. 9341 D 2.
Gold wristwatch, 1980s.
Estimation € 2,500 - 3,500


For more information, please contact our experts:
 +39 02 8631441