Artcurial hosts the first women’s watch auction

Time is feminine features 80 timepieces that span seven decades and hail from the top maisons

Piaget 18ct gold bangle watch of interlocking lapis lazuli and nephrite, €10,000-€15,000
Piaget 18ct gold bangle watch of interlocking lapis lazuli and nephrite, €10,000-€15,000

Since launching its January sales in Monaco three years ago, French auction house Artcurial has been organising ever-more exciting auctions in the bijou principality – and now, this winter, it will break ground again with a world first. On January 18, at the Monaco Yacht Club, Artcurial will host a sale exclusively dedicated to women’s watches – the first of its kind – with some 92 timepieces that span seven decades and hail from the top maisons.

Van Cleef & Arpels Pont des Amoureux, €60,000-€80,000
Van Cleef & Arpels Pont des Amoureux, €60,000-€80,000

The sale is titled Time is Feminine and feels in tune with a contemporary move towards watches that truly embody horology designed with women in mind. Cue the 16 or so Piaget watches that Artcurial’s watchmaking director Marie Sanna-Legrand spent months sourcing from around the globe: they hail chiefly from the 1960s, an especially experimental decade for Piaget as its designs channelled the era’s adventurous fashions. Equipped with its super-thin movements, the house notably paired semiprecious stones with yellow gold, in pieces such as a standout 1975 diamond-trimmed number with a malachite and onyx dial set on hammered gold, which is in the sale for an estimate of €6,000-€8,000; or the fabulous 18ct gold bangle watch (€10,000-€15,000) of interlocking lapis lazuli and nephrite. Meanwhile, a 1967 cuff watch (€6,000-€8,000) fashioned from gold hoops with a lapis lazuli dial is exemplary vintage Piaget style.

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Other icons to cross the block include Cartier Tank and Santos models, including a classic 2010 white gold and diamond bezelled Santos Demoiselle Mini (€6,000-€8,000) and a charmingly petite, 19mm x 33mm yellow gold Tank Bec d’Aigle (€2,500-€3,500) from 1940. Van Cleef & Arpels’ game-changing Pont des Amoureux won its share of awards thanks to its retrograde mechanism that tells the time through two lovers meeting on a bridge. This sale’s model is from its 2010 debut year, and is the biggest ticket lot in the sale at €60,000-€80,000.

Vintage 1960s Bulgari Serpenti yellow-gold bracelet watch, €7,000-€9,000
Vintage 1960s Bulgari Serpenti yellow-gold bracelet watch, €7,000-€9,000

Vintage Bulgari Serpenti – beloved for their coiling bracelet and watch dial concealed in a snake’s head – make an appearance in the form of a 1960s chic yellow gold model (€7,000-€9,000). Finally, a highly unusual 1962 Patek Philippe pendant watch (€30,000-€50,000), in sapphire-studded gold with a matching chain, is a shining example of the genre.

1962 Patek Philippe pendant watch, €30,000-€50,000, in sapphire-studded gold with a matching chain
1962 Patek Philippe pendant watch, €30,000-€50,000, in sapphire-studded gold with a matching chain

Other venerable marques include Vacheron Constantin, whose octagonal c1980, diamond-set piece features a rakish, gold zigzag dial on a matching bracelet (€2,500-€3,500). Finally, Jaeger-LeCoultre is well represented by several signature 1950s secret jewellery watches, such as an interlinking gold bracelet (€2,500-€3,500) punctuated with diamonds, and an elegant platinum Riviera diamond-set creation (€8,000-€12,000). Slim, classical and oozing old Hollywood glamour, they could easily be seen on the wrists of Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly.

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