We were invited to Christie’s private preview of Jewellery and Watches in South Kensington, London, on the 11th December 2014. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s is one among the world’s leading auction houses. It offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, watches, jewellery, and more. They have a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. In the recent times, Christie’s has expanded to growing markets such as Russia, China, and UAE, as well.
Looking around the trove, we found some best luxury watches for men priced in the mid range with no complications. All the watches were priced without reserves. Luxury never felt this affordable!
Here’s our top five pick for the gents:
A recent 18ct pink gold ‘Tank a Guichets Jump Hour’ wristwach, by Cartier
Estimated price: £6,000 – £8,000
Opposed to the standard design, this 18-carat gold watch has a closed dial. Rectangle in shape, it has a brushed finish with two apertures that cleverly display the hours and minutes. A mechanical movement powers it. The crown is sapphire set and the case is secured by eight screws. The straps embrace each other in a Cartier 18-carat gold deployant clasp. While the clasp displays the Cartier sign, the 26mm wide case displays the European Convention mark and Cartier sign. Case no: 046/100
A stainless steel wristwatch, by Patek Philippe, Ref. 565
Estimated price: £10,000 – £15,000
This stainless steel, silvered finish, circular-dial watch has a 35mm wide circular case with a screw back. The hours are displayed every quarter in Arabic numerals. Time is pointed by baton-style watch hands. The subsidiary seconds dial sits on the 6 o’ clock position. A mechanical movement powers them all. The dial displays the Patek Philippe&Co., Geneve sign. The Patek Philippe Extract confirms the production of this watch, movement no. 925.859 in 1944 and its sale on 19th February 1945.
A Stainless steel automatic ‘1521’ model wristwatch, by Magellan
Estimated price: £700 – £900
This stainless steel, circular-case watch showcases the Northern Hemisphere world map on its semi-spherical dial. Wrap over black hands indicate the hours and minutes while a red sweep hand, the seconds. There is an additional GMT hand with gilt disc terminal that indicates the position of the sun over our planet. It is housed within a mother-of-pearl chapter ring that has hours marked in dots. A nickel finished, 21-jewel automatic movement powers it (circa 2000). Coupled is a compass bearing the standard degree calibration with an integral crown. The lugs are concealed and the case’s back is engraved with a map of the northern hemisphere. The straps embrace each other in a deployant clasp. The case is 43mm wide and is held in place by 10 screws. It displays the signs Magellan, 1521, Northern Hemisphere, Registered Model, Water resistant ATM, no. 0171, automatic, on the back and the Magellan sign on the clasp.
A stainless steel automatic world time ‘Manatee’ limited edition wristwatch, by Ikepod
Estimated price: £700 – £900
This stainless steel watch has luminous hands that indicate the minute and hours on a blue, rectangular-dial. For the seconds, a sweep hand in the centre does its job. To display the world time, there is a revolving centre plate, indicating 24 hours of the day and regions of the world. It can be adjusted through a button in the side of the case. The automatic movement that powers them has a nickel-finished jewelled lever movement (circa 2000). The type-case back is 39mm long and is secured by four screws. The rubber straps embrace each other in a double deployant clasp. This watch comes with a presentation box, and documents. The dial is signed Ikepod Manatee chronometer, while the case is signed Ikepod Watch Co., Marc Newson Design, no. 0657.
A stainless steel, automatic, antimagnetic ‘Milgauss’ wristwatch, by Rolex
Estimated price: £2,500 – £3,000
This stainless steel watch has a black matte circular dial with a green-sapphire circumference. The baton-styled watch hands are luminous and so are the quarter hours. An orange lightning-bolt shaped sweep-centre hand shows the seconds. Luminous orange Arabic numerals show the five-minute divisions. A 3131 automatic movement powers this watch. The tonneau-shaped case has a screw back, screw down crown. The Rolex Oyster bracelet embraces each itself with a deployant clasp. The case is 40mm wide. The watch has 31 jewels, and an anti-magnetic cap. It comes with a Rolex international guarantee card, dated 12 September 2008, instructions, and an original, fitted, green presentation box and outer packaging.