主頁 > 最新消息 > 歐美珠寶市場動向 > 11 - 07 - 2019 The George Daniels S ...
返回
11 - 07 - 2019 The George Daniels Space Traveller I Sells For $4.6 Million, Setting A World Record For Any English Watch At Auction

A truly legendary watch commands a serious price at Sotheby's in London.

Earlier today, Sotheby's London sold the George Daniels Space Traveller I for a whopping $4.6 million, making it the most expensive English watch to ever sell at auction. There's little question that George Daniels is one of the greatest watchmakers of all time and arguably the greatest watchmaker of the twentieth century, so it's always nice to see his pieces fetch big purses when they do come up for sale. While the Space Traveller isn't, strictly speaking, the most complicated watch Daniels ever made, it is the most iconic and emblematic of his unique approach to watchmaking. For a serious horological enthusiast, it just doesn't get much better than this.

The Space Traveller's movement looks unlike any other.

Now, if you're thinking to yourself "Wait, hasn't this watch sold a few times in the not-too-distant past?" you'd be sort of right. Yes, a George Daniels Space Traveller has come up twice in the last decade, but that watch is the other Space Traveller. In a rare turn, Daniels actually made two versions of this distinctive pocket watch, which he famously described as being perfect for "your package tour to Mars." The one that sold as part of the George Daniels Horological Collection in 2012 and again in 2017 (both times at Sotheby's London) is known as Space Traveller II, and its top price was $4.3 million, achieved at that sale a little less than two years ago. (It's worth noting here that the 2017 sale represented a doubling of the watch's value compared to its sale price in 2012.) Until today, that 2017 sale of the Space Traveller II also represented the world record price for any English watch.

 
ADVERTISEMENT

Original sketches from George Daniels showing the basic principles of the Space Traveller.

Space Traveller II was Daniels' personal watch and he wore it regularly until his death in 2011. He was obsessed with the idea of space exploration and wanted to keep an example of such a special watch for himself. Space Traveller I on the other hand was made for a client in 1982. It changed hands once in the mid-'80s and then was sold at Sotheby's Geneva in 1988 for CHF 220,000. Since then, the watch has remained in the same private collection, from which it was consigned through Sotheby's London for today's sale. As far as I can tell, this is the first time the watch has been seen publicly in about 30 years.

The market seems extremely bullish on independent watches overall, and watches from Daniels and his protégé Roger W. Smith in particular. In May, Phillips offered a Co-Axial Anniversary wristwatch and the Grand Complication pocket watch in the same auction, with the pair fetching CHF 456,250 and CHF 2.42 million, respectively. 

 

Source: Hodinkee 2-7-2019

 
返回

瀏覽本網站即表示您同意我們使用cookies,幫助我們了解閣下如何使用本網站。
 
JA New York Summer
日期 : 2019年8月11日 - 8月14日
地點 : 美國 紐約 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
詳 情 >
 
商號名稱:
進階搜尋 |
 
 

全新流動版「會員名錄」免費下載!

 



外匯行情由Investing.com的香港網站香港站提供。

 
即時資訊   |   行業招聘  |  商會簡介  |  聯絡我們  |  香港珠寶雜誌 |  香港玉石鑑定中心 |  隱私權保護政策 © Copyright 2012 HKJJA. All rights reserved. Powered by BIC Online