When a giant public sale home presents their newest catalogue of tons, it’s anticipated that it will likely be full of varied Rolex and Patek Philippe watches. However, it’s not an on a regular basis occurence for 2 extremely uncommon and traditionally important watches from the likes of George Daniels and Roger W. Smith to pop up – no much less in the identical public sale. On November 5, two Daniels watches from a single consigner went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Geneva. Quite than the standard estimate vary of CHF X – Y, the estimates have been as a substitute set with the prefix of ‘in extra of‘. This was an apt transfer, contemplating it was somewhat secure to imagine the minimal amount of cash the watches would go for. The utmost, nonetheless, had no restrict in potential. Clearly the case, as each tons went properly past the minimal quantity of Swiss francs they have been anticipated to go in extra of, with one lot even breaking the file for the costliest watch ever bought that was made by Roger Smith.
After each tons have been bought, the 2 concluding numerous all the public sale, Roger Smith took to instagram to have fun each phenomenal outcomes.
Smith captioned his put up: “Historical past within the making – with a brand new world file! Nonetheless processing yesterday’s record-breaking outcomes at Sotheby’s ‘Necessary Watches’ public sale in Geneva! It was fairly emotional to see the Millennium watch, which was the one piece George Daniels double-signed with me, promote for two,177,500 CHF ($2,422,142 / 18,952,599 HKD). Towards an estimate of 1,000,000 CHF, it’s the very best worth ever achieved for certainly one of my wristwatches and I’d wish to suppose George would have been very proud to see it achieve this properly. I’m additionally delighted that it went to a really discerning collector. The Anniversary watch which additionally bought yesterday was my closing collaboration with George and I used to be glad to see it obtain a commensurately robust worth of 736,600 CHF ($819,357 / 6,411,244 HKD) which was properly over the estimate. Thanks to Benoit Colson for masterfully conducting the gross sales and to all at Sotheby’s for his or her laborious work within the lead as much as the public sale.”
Roger Smith would additionally go on to elaborate to Sotheby’s in a press launch he was ecstatic his Millenium watch went to a collector he knew was not solely very eager to amass it, but in addition a collector who was eager to truly put on it day by day somewhat than maintain it in a secure. That is great information for a watchmaker like Smith, who would a lot somewhat see his creations worn and put to make use of somewhat then turn into a secure queen that by no means sees the sunshine of day outdoors of an public sale home.
Lot 97: A singular George Daniels, London Millennium gifted from Daniels to Roger W. Smith
To recap, the primary of the 2 George Daniels x Roger Smith watches got here from ‘The Millenium sequence’, and this was the primary undertaking Smith was tasked with by Daniels – accomplished over three years (1998 – 2001). Of the 60 Millenium watches made, this explicit piece stands out as a result of it was not solely the final Millenium watch to be accomplished in 2001, but in addition Smith’s private watch. In lieu of a bonus that 12 months, Smith negotiated with Daniels that he would as a substitute obtain a Millenium look ahead to himself and, moreover, he acquired permission to have his personal title co-signed on the watch as properly – the primary and solely time a Daniels watch has ever had a co-signed dial.
Lot 98: An early George Daniels, London Anniversary Quantity 01
Additionally very particular was the Co-Axial Anniversary watch, quantity 01, auctioned simply after the Millenium watch. It was the very first watch made within the legendary Co-Axial Anniversary sequence and was accomplished in 2012. It additionally had the excellence of being certainly one of solely two from the sequence (together with the prototype) to have been labored on whereas George Daniels was nonetheless alive. The Co-Axial Anniversary sequence marked the primary time a watch signed with Daniels was made by somebody aside from himself, as a substitute entrusted to his protege Roger W. Smith to finish the commissioned orders. This sequence marked the transition of Smith from scholar to collaborator, as he was not solely the watchmaker executing the creation of the sequence, however he was additionally chargeable for the brand new British calibre, of his personal design, used within the Anniversary Collection – which included Smith’s refined single-wheel co-axial escapement.