The Must-Have Timepieces

Christie’s has been hosting auctions in the Middle East for 10 years now, and to celebrate, the auction house has something very special planned. In all, more than $13 million worth of watches, art and stylish accessories will go under the hammer during four exclusive auctions from March 15-17.

First up is our personal favourite, the Important Watches Auction, which takes place at 7pm on March 15 in Emirates Towers. With 176 lots on offer worth an estimated $3.6 million combined, finding the best timepiece to bid on isn’t easy. But never fear, we’ve asked the experts for their top tips on the best watches to go for.

Gentleman, get bidding!

Lot 91 – Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 116710

A Rolex Daytona with outstanding provenance – made for the Royal Navy to commemorate the Sea King Helicopter.

Why you need it: “What a piece,” says Thomas Perazzi, auctioneer and international watch specialist. “Christie’s held two sales dedicated to the Daytona model in 2013 in Geneva – both selling out 100 per cent – and ever since the interest in this particular model has constantly continued to develop.”

Estimate: $25,000-$35,000

Lot 146 – A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Ref. 110'019

An extremely rare 18k gold and diamond-set wristwatch with date, power reserve and bracelet.

Why you need it: According to Remy Julia, Watch Specialist in charge of the Dubai sale, “One of the most famous models A. Lange & Söhne ever produced, the famous Lange 1 is one of the company’s signature designs and the most sought after. It has provenance, documents, condition and a high level of complication.”

Estimate: $40,000-$50,000

Lot 176 – Patek Philippe rectangular tourbillion ref. 5101R-001

A fresh trophy design by Patek Philippe, the ref 5101R comes in 18K pink gold and has a 10-day power reserve, Breguet numerals, certificate and box.

Why you need it: At just nine months old, this watch is already one of the most desirable on the limited-edition market,” says Frederic Watrelot, Head of Watch sales for Christie’s Hong Kong and Dubai. “Only around 100 pieces of this model have been made and the value is going to go up and up.”

Estimate: $130,000-$230,000