Opened in 2006, Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers department is something of a world apart. It renews with the tradition of bespoke watches and one-of-a-kind pieces, offered as a service to collectors.
The first exhibition to be jointly curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation, both of which recently relocated to a historic building in downtown Geneva, highlights rare crafts and the "singular talents" who perpetuate these skills.
When Louis Cartier imagined the first Tank watch in 1917, he broke with the convention of round cases to arrive at an exceptionally harmonious design. A century later, the Tank is a reference among wristwatches whose elegance remains intact.
Bovet by Pininfarina shows the Swiss watchmaker's technical capacities in the light of the famous Italian design studio. Since the first collaboration in 2010, the studio has become more and more involved. The latest addition, the OttantaSei, is the emblem of a collection that has reached maturity.
Collectors take note: the " Naissance d’une Montre – Le Garde Temps " school watch by Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour and Michel Boulanger will come under the hammer at Christie's Hong Kong on May 30th.
A divide has formed at watch auctions, with a few dozen vintage wristwatches smashing through estimates while historic lots go unsold. The risk of a speculative bubble is very real.
Looking for the vintage watch of your dreams at a price you can afford? Just a few days ago, HH Journal ran its pick of the watches coming under the hammer at the Geneva auctions. So how did they fare?
This month's round of watch auctions in Geneva should see plenty of paddle waving. Alongside the record-breaking saleroom stars, a number of vintage pieces will attract the attention of collectors who dispose of a more limited budget. Here are a few examples.