Shoulda, woulda, coulda
Relating to regrets, nonetheless, it’s maybe higher to have owned and offered too quickly than by no means to have owned in any respect!
It’s straightforward, I suppose, to rue those that obtained away; however in every case, the state of affairs on the time with regard to obtainable funds, different current purchases, and even different current gross sales that made me cautious of plunging a refund into new acquisitions drove me to carry again.
Typically, the remorse is a few watch that involves market occasionally and would have been an incredible piece for me at one time however doesn’t match my present gathering objectives. A great instance right here is the ultra-flat Audemars Piguet tourbillon, seen above on my wrist in a very alluring (to me, anyway) mother-of-pearl model.
In different cases, it’s a watch that I’d by no means crossed paths with earlier than and that I’m unlikely to see once more, just like the “final beater” Audemars Piguet perpetual calendar chronograph in platinum and on a platinum bracelet that I handed on at a ridiculously low public sale value a few years in the past.
And occasionally there’s a chunk I’ve hunted for a very long time and would nonetheless like to have, however simply can’t justify spending the cash on when it does pop up, as occurred simply final evening after I determined to go on a stunning instance of the Agenhor-developed Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris that offered for a stable value at Christie’s.
Lastly, there are the true landmark watches that I both let slip by my fingers or may need had with extra effort.
On two events in years previous, I’ve had leads on examples of Philippe Dufour’s Duality whose house owners had been sniffing round about promoting – and in each instances I allowed the very giant value relative to the scale of my assortment on the time to maintain me from a no-holds-barred try and hunt them down.
Now, in fact, the Duality is totally out of attain for me barring a complete collapse in its worth, which I’m actually neither betting on nor hoping for.
“The one” that obtained away for me, although, was one other Dufour watch: the No. 1 sonnerie pocket watch he made for Audemars Piguet.
In April of 2012, Sotheby’s introduced the public sale of the very first Grande et Petite Sonnerie pocket watch made by Philippe Dufour for Audemars Piguet and signed by the grasp himself beneath the dial. I had already heard each wristwatch and pocket watch examples of the Dufour Sonnerie chiming, and the massive quantity of the pocket watch makes for a sound that’s, if something, much more heavenly than that of the wrist examples.
On the time, I used to be within the midst of a longstanding sequence of shopper engagements in Korea as a part of my day job and because it occurred was going to be flying to Asia on the time of the public sale. I positioned what I felt to be a really stable absentee bid, and upon touchdown discovered that I had missed out – by a single bid.
It’s not fairly day-after-day, however on most days, I look forlornly on the spot on my desk the place that watch would have been hanging on a show stand, sweetly chiming out the passage of the hours and quarters, and set free a protracted sigh.
Such is life and gathering! I’m totally conscious that promoting off or lacking out on shopping for costly doodads is on no account life’s biggest tragedy, however the emotional ups and downs of our passion are for me a part of what makes it so attention-grabbing and in the end rewarding. I’d love to listen to a few of your individual tales of gross sales and missed alternatives within the feedback beneath and need you cheerful looking!
* This text was first revealed on June 2, 2018 at Watch Collecting Regrets? I’ve Had A Few, But Not Too Few To Mention: They Include Selling Too Soon And Failing To Buy.