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Dominique Renaud and Luiggino Torrigiani © Timm Delfs
History & Masterpieces
Watchmaking pioneer Dominique Renaud is back (II)

After several years away, Dominique Renaud, co-founder of Renaud & Papi, has returned to Switzerland with an exciting mechanical movement in his luggage. So what exactly is the DR01 Twelve First?

Wednesday, 31 January 2018
5 min read
Dominique Renaud © Dominique Renaud SA - Gianni Comporota & Stéphane Mocan
History & Masterpieces
Watchmaking pioneer Dominique Renaud is back (I)

After several years away, Dominique Renaud, co-founder of Renaud & Papi, has returned to Switzerland with an exciting mechanical movement in his luggage. But who exactly is Dominique Renaud?

Tuesday, 30 January 2018
3 min read
Acting in a consultancy role, Osvaldo Patrizzi recently supervised a number of auctions in China, including one in Beijing last December © Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers
Auctions in China are still very much a Chinese affair!

After setting up Antiquorum 36 years ago, and more recently Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers with a unique concept of zero buyer's commission, Osvaldo Patrizzi, who is internationally acknowledged as a foremost expert in antique timepieces, has set himself a new challenge: China.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Danièle Chambas
4 min read
Panerai diver's wristwatch from 1943 Ref. 3646 (lot 305), estimated at USD/CHF 70-90,000 (EUR 53-68,000) © Christie's
420 important watches under the hammer at Christie's New York

A well-balanced sale in the eyes of Aurel Bacs, who on December 14th will preside over this auction of vintage and modern wristwatches. On offer will be several extremely rare timepieces by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet, Piaget, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Panerai, alongside a fine selection of pocket watches and desk clocks. Total estimate: USD/CHF 5 to 7 million (EUR 3.8 to 5.3 million).

Thursday, 09 December 2010
Danièle Chambas
4 min read
Lot 2276: an extremely rare Rolex Oyster Chronograph ''Jean-Claude Killy'' in rose gold, estimated between CHF 100,000 and 150,0000 (€74,770-112,150) © Koller Auctions
Osvaldo Patrizzi sells part of his stock at Koller in Zurich

On Tuesday November 30th at 2pm, 129 timepieces (wristwatches, pocket watches and some clocks) will be proposed for auction by Koller. What makes this sale especially noteworthy is that 85% of the lots are from the collection of Osvaldo Patrizzi and, for the most part, are being offered at 30% under their low estimate.

Thursday, 25 November 2010
Danièle Chambas
2 min read
Genève: ventes aux enchères par maisons en 2010
November auctions in Geneva: 1,078 timepieces achieve CHF 36.5 million*

The market confirmed its stability with renewed interest in fine quality, rare, even exceptional pieces, both vintage and modern. Also in demand are finely-crafted enamel pocket watches and historic pieces. Bidders and collectors came from all over the world to Geneva, with Chinese buyers showing immense interest in Fine Watches.

Friday, 19 November 2010
Danièle Chambas
6 min read
The auction led by Alain Renner on November 9th © Sotheby’s
Four masterpieces by Antide Janvier under the hammer at Sotheby's

On November 9th, three exceptional clocks changed hands for some €800,000 (USD 1,095,590), realising 20% of the total sale of important French furniture, sculptures and works of art. A fourth clock went unsold.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Danièle Chambas
3 min read
Christie’s lot 114: Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 World Time in pink gold, manufactured in 1953, with an enamel disc in the centre of the dial signed
November auctions: 1,275 timepieces come under the hammer in Geneva

Three auction houses - Christie's, Sotheby's and Antiquorum - are in the starting blocks for three days of sales which, twice a year, maintain Geneva at the forefront of fine watch auctions. Will the May 2010 record of a total CHF 42 million be broken? Answer on November 15th.

Wednesday, 03 November 2010
Danièle Chambas
9 min read

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