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.
Unveiled in 1969, El Primero is the first ever fully integrated, high-frequency, automatic chronograph movement. For many years the most precise chronograph in the world, it remains a symbol of performance and continues to rule the hearts of mechanical watch enthusiasts. Here's its story...
Technology and design have undergone countless transformations since 1904 when Louis Cartier imagined the Santos for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, and still this revolutionary wristwatch hasn't aged a day. For proof, the new Santos collection, presented this year, bears a striking similarity to the original, as befits a true classic.
Gifted to him by RCA Records in 1961 for 75 million album sales, Elvis Presley's Omega comes up for auction this May.
Created in 2002 in honour of the first recorded watch to be worn on the wrist, the Reine de Naples collection originates in a unique timepiece, commissioned in 1810 by Caroline Murat and which, despite the best efforts of historians and collectors, has vanished without trace. Today's Reine de Naples, distinguished by its egg shape and its complications, has become a legend in its own right.
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?
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?