The Hôtel Beau-Rivage in Geneva will host the event on Sunday 15 May that will take collectors on a five century journey through horological history, from 1580 to the present.
Sotheby’s Important Watches auction will feature 280 lots, which will bring together an impressive range of antique timepieces including a 16th-century German gilt metal tambour cased Stackfreed Verge watch (pictured below) among other notable offerings.
Wristwatches are represented by the makers you would expect such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breguet, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin and more with some very special examples that should please collectors.
Part of the sale will be devoted to pocket watches with three sections showing enamel timepieces made for the Indian, Turkish and Chinese markets.
Finally, some significant contributions will come from the Rolex collection of Dr. Janusz Kurbiel, the Prince Troubetskoy racing driver timepieces, and the Ulysse Nardin split seconds chronograph (official time keeping of Fausto Coppi’s legendary Cycling World Hour Record).