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Watches, Wine & Design for Auction at Christie's Luxury Week

Just in time for the holiday season, celebrated auction house Christie’s New York is inaugurating December Luxury Week, a new a bi-annual sales series devoted to the very best in luxury jewelry, watches, wine and design. From December 10-15, more than $50 million worth of the world’s finest examples in each category will cross the auction block over six separate sales, to the delight of collectors and neophytes alike.

Over 1,000 items will be offered during the following auctions: Magnificent Jewels on December 10, Interiors on December 11 & 12, The Steven A. Greenberg Collection: Masterpieces in French Art Deco on December 12 & 13, Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design including Magnificent Tiffany on December 14, Important Watches on December 14, and Fine and Rare Wines on December 15.

Of particular interest in the Important Watches sale is the impressive collection of former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, comprising some 50 exceptional timepieces. Assembled very carefully over several years, the collection, worth over $3 million, includes precious timepieces by the likes of Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, and Cartier. The top lot from the Bethune collection is an extremely rare Patek Philippe 18k pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases manufactured in 1945, estimated at up to $900,000. The sale marks the first time this watch has ever been offered at public auction.

Jared Paul Stern

Jared Paul Stern, JustLuxe's Editor-at-Large, is the Executive Editor of Maxim magazine and has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the New York Times' T magazine, GQ, WWD, Vogue, New York magazine, Details, Hamptons magazine, Playboy, BlackBook, the New York Post, Man of the World, and Bergdorf Goodman magazine among others. The founding editor of the Page Six magazine, he has al...(Read More)

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