Night one of The Geneva Watch Auction: Four (November 2016) with one massive world record for, not simply stainless steel Patek Philippes, but for any wrist watch ever to have been sold over an auctioneer’s podium.
The second session will pick up tomorrow at 6pm Geneva, again, at the La Réserve hotel. For now, here’s a quick run through of this evening’s affair and numbers from eight of Ken Kessler’s 15 picks from the Geneva auction this November, which found loving homes.
Aurel Bacs, on perfect form this evening, led the charge through all 93 lots hammered today. His French was sharp, his Italian keen and his English buttery-charming. A few lots were pulled out before the start of the evening (lots 14, 42, 63, 70, 75, 91) and just one lot, lot 97: a Rolex asymmetrical wristwatch watch, went unsold. Still a monumental performance for one gentleman on a marathon mission.
As for the eight picks here are the figures locked in: