That Abraham-Louis Breguet sold just 35 tourbillon watches in his lifetime gives some idea of the extreme complexity of this mechanism. Introduced in 2013 and returning this year as a skeletonised version, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 celebrates this legacy.
Last year Richemont announced its acquisition of Watchfinder.com, sealing its entry into the pre-owned market. More recently, the multi-brand Bucherer store in Geneva opened a fourth-floor Gallery dedicated to the buying and selling of vintage watches. And Antoine de Macedo in Paris? He has been buying, selling and servicing high-end pre-owned watches for 33 years.
On November 16th, Auctioneers Dr. Crott will propose a longitude clock attributed to Christiaan Huygens, the inventor of the balance spring. It is the only one of its kind and the oldest to include an equation of time.
For the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Daytona, Christie's is holding a special sale on Sunday 10th November. It comes at the same time as the announcement that its creator, Aurel Bacs, is leaving the auction house.
Antiquorum, Christie's and Sotheby's will be putting on the show this 10th, 11th and 12th November in Geneva with a season dedicated to Abraham-Louis Breguet - this year marks the 190th anniversary of his death – and the Rolex Daytona, celebrating its 50th birthday. Aurel Bacs, meanwhile, bows out.
The fifth Only Watch charity auction will take place on 28 September in Monaco. Thirty-three brands have donated a watch to compose what Etienne Leménager, Director of Antiquorum Geneva, considers to be a fine selection.
During his reign (1788-1808), King Charles IV of Spain built up an important collection of clocks, which he acquired from the main centres of European clockmaking. The monarch, who had inherited a traditional royal passion for clocks, took a keen interest in the art of clockmaking in his youth and even repaired and produced movements using the tools that he kept for this purpose in a workshop inside the royal palace.
The Imperial Fountain limited edition series by De Bethune couldn't be more topical. In June, two of the twelve bronze heads from a fountain at the Summer Palace, the imperial residence looted in the nineteenth century, were returned to China. The same twelve sculptures that inspired the twelve horological artworks by De Bethune.