Two session to cover 290 lots this evening at Hong Kong. Quite the monumental task no doubt. But kudos to the team for pulling through from 3pm to 6:30pm and then again from 7pm to 10:35pm (HK time). Talk about a marathon.
A quick scroll through the sale results page and it’s easy to do a rough count that just about 60 odd pieces did not end up finding good homes tonight and there were three pieces that were pulled out before the proceedings began.
While I’m sure you’ve flipped through the entire auction collection inside and out several times, it did still strike me tonight, though, that a sizeable number of lots were recent production pieces. These, the auction house, moved swiftly through leading us to session number two where the majority of the highlight pieces were.
Well may be that’s not completely true because the team did manage to put the three Patek Philippe calendar chronographs belonging to Eric Clapton, CBE under the hammer towards the end of the first session.
I can’t say I recall a moment from either session today that stuck in the mind, but that’s probably because the entire affair moved very swiftly — which the team had to — in order to cover the sheer mass of lots massed. For what it’s worth, I sat at my desk (yup, was just watching the auctions on the Phillips.com live stream) thinking that sessions one and two would take the lots on a 50/50 basis. But no, session one alone covered when than half the number of lots.
So now that we have a sense of the atmosphere in the room, here are the top five performers from The Hong Kong Watch Auction: Three.