« A luxury watch requires significant financial and technical investments for the brand that develops a particular model. This explains to a large extent the high price of some collector’s watches. A watch with rare mechanical features will be sought after by collectors and priced accordingly. »
– Adeline Juguet
While the capitals of Geneva and Hong Kong have historically concentrated the bulk of watch auctions, it is in Paris, the capital of luxury and a stronghold of the art market, that watch collectors find the seriousness of the expertise and transparency that are essential to their purchase.
The department organises thematic sales based on watches: pocket watches, chronographs, diving watches, clocks, men’s or women’s wristwatches, antique or modern, in gold or steel.
It also organises sales of special collections, such as the “Jaeger Lecoultre & Vacheron Constantin” sales or the “Pocket watches, gousset watches” sale.
The great names in watchmaking
Our sales feature the rarest as well as the biggest names in luxury watchmaking such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-Lecoultre, Omega, Jaeger- Lecoultre, IWC, Panerai, Cartier, Zenith, Piaget or Breitling
Some models have contributed to the fame of the above-mentioned watchmaking houses, such as the “Royal Oak”, recognisable by its octagonal dial, designed by Gerald Genta for Audemars Piguet, but also the “Reverso” designed in 1931 by René Chauvot for Jaeger Lecoultre, which enabled polo players to stop breaking the glass of their wristwatch by protecting it with a tilting system.
Rolex watches have enjoyed unwavering success and are among the most successful at auction. Rolex has developed numerous iconic models over the course of the 20th century, such as the Oyster watch, created in 1926, the Rolex GMT Master designed in 1954 to equip Pan Am pilots, and the Comex “Submariner” and the Comex “Sea-Dweller”, designed to accompany divers in the deep. This unique watchmaking know-how makes these watches sought-after models by luxury watch enthusiasts and collectors.
Sales designed to meet your expectations
Over the years, Aguttes has built up a special relationship with collectors, watchmakers and art market professionals. Our teams know their tastes, the watches they are looking for and the pieces that are missing from their collections.
In order to give you an estimate that reflects the current value of your collector’s watch, we consult, research and surround ourselves with the best professionals in the watchmaking world who give us the benefit of their experience and knowledge.
Sales organised with other specialities
The Watches department also benefits from the powerful network of buyers in the entire Art of Living division, and more particularly in the Classic Cars, Wines & Spirits and Jewels & Fine Pearls departments, with which there are obvious synergies. The annual Tour auto sale is an example of the combined work of these specialist departments to satisfy the most passionate of our buyers.
Appraisal and valuation
In most cases, watches require a physical examination of the object. Therefore, the appraisals are carried out daily in our offices in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Lyon and Brussels, but also by appointment in Aix en Provence, Bordeaux, Dijon, Nantes, Strasbourg, Metz, Toulouse … during appraisal days. We can also carry out appraisals at your home, your bank or any other place of your choice, at a time that suits you.
Adeline Juguet and her colleagues will welcome you with their experience. A free estimate will be proposed to you in view of an auction.
In some cases, we can carry out an expertise at a distance. Every day, we receive requests for estimates by email. You can start by sending us photographs of your watch if you prefer.
We are also at your disposal to carry out inventories with a view to sharing and to advise you so that it is carried out in the best conditions.
What determines the price of a collector’s watch is not only the model, its year and its mechanism. All these criteria are important, but the history of the watch is also essential: its history, its owner(s), the repairs and revisions it may have undergone, its environment.
Selling at auctions
After the valuation and appraisal, we can discuss the best sales strategy for you and your situation. Our common goal is to sell at the best price. We are therefore here to defend your interests and accompany you from start to finish.
When you decide to deposit your watches, a sale mandate contracts the tailor-made proposal that we will have established together. This specifies the lots entrusted to us, the relevant estimates and reserve prices, the general conditions of sale, the costs to be borne by the seller and all the information concerning your rights. The contract is signed bilaterally either by exchange of letters (email, post, electronic signature…) or during an appointment.
As soon as you entrust your watches to us, they are immediately covered by the insurance policy for entrusted goods taken out by Aguttes.
How to get an appointment?
If you wish to include your watches in our next auctions, or entrust us with a private sale, or simply have our opinion, our specialists are available to meet you. Please do not hesitate to contact us by email, by phone at 01 41 92 06 47 or by coming directly to Neuilly-sur-Seine, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon or Brussels.