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Editorial - An exciting watch auction for collectors

Editorial An exciting watch auction for collectors

Laurent Picciotto’s private collection goes up for sale. Plus beating the Louis Vuitton drum, a history lesson, luxury teachings and a new competition.

After the record-breaking prices fetched by models from Patek Philippe and Rolex at the recent Geneva auctions, collectors with more modest budgets have a chance to acquire some rare and unique watches at a special sale by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo in Hong Kong tomorrow. Paris-based retailer Laurent Picciotto (Chronopassion) is selling 43 watches from his private collection before starting afresh. Among the lots are some rare, yet by auction standards highly affordable, timepieces from collectible brands like Panerai and Richard Mille, plus the first-ever HYT watch produced. See our interview with Laurent Picciotto for more details.

We start the week with some watchmaking history in the form of a highly informative article by Olivier Müller on the parallel histories of watchmakers Louis Moinet and Ferdinand Berthoud, both of whom have given their names to high-end brands that are perpetuating the legacies of these two legendary watchmakers in their own unique ways.

Another must-read article is Nazanin Lankarani’s recap of the Conference on the Business of Luxury in the Middle East. When Jean-Claude Biver gets up to talk about digital disruption in watchmaking, people take notice and WorldTempus is interested. Find out what he had to say and pick up insights from other leading industry figures in Nazanin’s article tomorrow.

On Thursday we will have big news from Louis Vuitton. Stop by our homepage to solve the riddle behind our teaser.

Our competition to win a Bell & Ross BR 03-92 draws to a close this week (at 11.59pm Swiss time on 31st May to be precise) so you have just a few days left if you haven’t entered yet. As of 00.01 on 1st June we are delighted to offer a limited-edition Nautilo Sailing model from Anonimo worth 1,990 Swiss francs in our June competition.