A difficult year for brands, 2020 was full of positives for auction houses, in particular online, with a raft of record prices. A look at some of the top lots to have crossed the block.
Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces
Patek Philippe is the latest of the Manufactures to present a Grand Sonnerie this year, joining Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. Given the intricacy of this melodious complication, three such launches constitute an exceptional event.
The eighteenth century's most powerful nations vied to take control of the seas, but lacked one essential instrument with which to calculate longitude: an accurate marine chronometer. The race to build one was fraught with questions of intellectual property and accusations of industrial espionage.
Its uncluttered design and unparalleled legibility have made this chronograph a star of the racing circuit. Fifty-five years after its launch in 1963, the Carrera stands out as TAG Heuer's flagship collection.
Since the late 1800s, Ulysse Nardin has made tourbillon movements a part of its tradition, and continues to master this complication in timepieces that range from classical to the most avant-garde.
Of all the inventions that have helped improve the precision of mechanical watches, none is more important, or less well-documented, than the development of the regulating organ. To help bridge that gap, we retrace the history of escapements from the earliest devices to the very latest silicon regulators. Part three: towards industrialisation, from 1750 to the early 1800s.
Made famous by its circular slide rule, used to perform airborne navigation calculations, the Breitling Navitimer ranks among the legendary chronographs that have conquered pilots and watch collectors alike - a love affair that began in 1952, and is still going strong today.
Horology has its very own legends, and the story of the newly restored Singing Bird Clock, made in the eighteenth century by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, is one of the most exciting.