Saturday, December 6, 2008

Antiquorum Luxury Timepiece Auction

"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." Yes folks, it is here. That time of year that we all wait for with baited breath. Grown men act like giddy school children and NYC is full of cheer. What is this exciting event...Antiquorum's NY Luxury Timepiece Auction.

Antiquorum Auctioneers is preparing for its largest annual US auction that will be held on December 10th and 11th at its offices on Madison Avenue in New York City. Over 500 lots will be offered in the sale of important watches, and other horological gems with a significant number to be sold at no reserve.

This year some of the most important and collectible timepieces are going to be offered to the attendees. Spectacular watches like the first-ever produced Patek Phillippe Referece 5020 and the Franck Muller Caliber 97"Grande et Petite Sonnerie. These two items alone, are estimated to bring in just shy of $600,000. USD, collectivley.

With the economy crisis at hand, some believed that this would be a watered down version of the event. Collectors feel differently and are expected to attend with open wallets. "This is a tremendous opportunity for watch aficionados to bid on a remarkable collection of both modern and vintage watches..." said Robert Maron, Chairman, Antiquorum."As demonstrated by the success of our recent sales, fine watches continue to have significant growth potential." And with over 500 lots being auctioned off, it looks like it will bring some of the highest totals ever.

The online catalog for this auction is generally posted a few weeks before the event to start the preview process. Take some time to peruse through this, you will see some of the most important pieces of modern watchmaking with descriptions and their healthy sale estimates. New and returning clients may register for online bidding at that time. For those collectors, who are simply interested in following the auction as it progresses, a live internet broadcast will take place on, for which no registration is required. Sale results for the traditional auction will be posted online after the sale.

If you are going, please feel free to bring me back something. Hell, I would even take a print version of the catalog just to get close to some ofthese pieces.