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.  


Related articles

A guide to choosing a gold watch

Posted: 09-02-2019

Make a statement with a gold watch this New Year and give your outfit that little something special, whatever the occasion. Browse designs for men and women from brands including Guess, Armani Exchange, Coach, and more.

A guide to buying a silver watch: Gifts for him and for her

Posted: 07-02-2019

Enhance your wardrobe with a silver watch for every occasion. From classic designs to out-of-this-world pieces, explore some of our favourite silver watches from top brands, including Gucci, Raymond Weil, and STORM.

Watch and jewellery trends for 2019

Posted: 07-02-2019

Relax, we’ve found the watch and jewellery trends that are going to help you look your best in 2019. Browse our full collection of the newest accessories from brands including Llarsen, Storm, and Guess.

Your guide to gifting a watch this Valentine's Day

Posted: 01-02-2019

Make Valentine's Day 2019 a memorable one for all the right reasons and gift the lady or gent in your life with a watch they'll love. Discover beautiful new designs from Hugo Boss, Olivia Burton, Jean Paul Gaultier and more in our gift guide.