Lyon & Turnbull’s Watches department currently hold two specialist auctions of watches a year, both through our Scottish auction house in Edinburgh and via live online auctions. Our team of specialists’ extensive knowledge and experience of the current market has proved an essential combination for the successful sales of both modern and vintage watches; from makers such as Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Breguet, Breitling and Parmigiani.
In addition to promoting to our established international database of buyers and collectors, we make every effort to cross-market watches to buyers from all disciplines, displaying them alongside paintings, antique and Asian art sales as well as at dedicated jewellery & watch auctions. A watch is a functional item of jewellery that crosses boundaries, and few individuals leave their homes without one.
We understand that for the watch buyer, a purchase is far more about expressing personal fashion and taste rather than a simple asset acquisition. For this reason our watch collections are amongst the well-travelled of the goods we sell – we have in the past viewed collections in New York, Philadelphia, London, Hong Kong and throughout the UK - maximising admirers, and therefore maximising the competition and prices at auction.
We also work with our sister auction house, Freeman's of Philadelphia, who recently demonstrated the buying power of their clients with the sale of The Timepiece Collection of David S. Landes. Estimated at $141,000-215,000, this collection of antique pocket-watches achieved $382,000 in May 2013.
In 2013 we launched our new sale category, Select Jewellery & Watches, to allow us to create a more fashionable and retail-style environment for this process, free of the more academic areas of silver collecting. This approach allows us to ensure all clients have ample opportunity to try on the pieces and intensify their desire. This approach also ensures easy, uncluttered access to the research and documentation buyers need to feel confident in bidding.
If you would like further information about upcoming auctions or to enquire about consignment of an individual work or collection please contact one of our specialists.
All prices are inclusive of premium.