Incredible Chinese watches to go up for auction

First published: 02-11-2011

A selection of incredible timepieces which were created for the emperors of China and the members of their court are to be put up for auction later this month.

Christie's auction house in Hong Kong is to hold a sale of important watches on November 30th, with 550 rare and valuable timepieces being put up for sale with a collective value of HK$85 million (£6.8 million).

As the Chinese court increasingly sought ornate clocks and watches, a rising number of watchmakers from the west, who were known as sing song merchants, would create designs which would appeal specifically to that market.

A highlight of the sale is noted to be the enamel and diamond-set ring watch in its original fitted box, which was created in 1810. It is valued at between HK$700,000 and $900,000.

Fans of the James Bond films can get their hands on a watch which was used in the film Live and Let Die at a sale in Geneva later this month.  

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