For the third time, Phillips put independents front and centre of its sale, headlined by George Daniels. Connoisseurs packed the saleroom for the British auction house's May date, with the hammer coming down on several record-breaking lots.
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A respected watch collector, Robert Downey Jr. was seen at the press conference for the Avengers: Endgame movie wearing a De Bethune watch.
A master in the art of heat-treating metals, De Bethune explores the warm shade of yellow, achieved through thermal oxidation of the grade 5 titanium case and movement components in the DB28 Yellow Tones.
There was a time when visitors came to Baselworld expecting to be dazzled. But those days are gone. Exhibitors at this year's fair presented collections that were solidly grounded but lacking star quality. It was left to the independents to keep the flame of creativity burning.
Watchmaking has many registers and so does the chronograph. Performance-focused or a lesson in elegance, innovative or traditional, a record-breaker or a design delight, chronographs were all over Baselworld 2019.
These previews of what brands will be serving up in Basel, or in Swatch Group's case, Zurich, make for tasty viewing. Mechanisms are laid bare or clad in unusual materials. Let's get this party started!
The prize-winners of the 18th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) were unveiled on the 9th of November in Geneva. Excellence, creativity and horological expertise were saluted by an international jury which had designated the winners of 17 prizes and awarded the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix to Bovet 1822 for the Récital 22 Grand Récital watch.
After the special edition DB25 Imperial Fountain, a set of 12 watches, De Bethune presents two unique pieces, also of Asian inspiration. One is a tribute to ancient Japanese metalworking techniques while the second is a showcase for engraving, on titanium.