Clocks, Watches & Jewellery

This category ranges from historical clocks to contemporary jewellery. Dealers tend to specialise in one of these individual areas while many auctions feature separate sections for horology, watches and jewellery as part of their mixed sales.

However, dedicated sales, especially in the jewellery category, are now fairly commonly especially in London, Birmingham and other major centres.

Chanel tunic

Pick of the week: Château attic find sets vintage Chanel record

28 November 2022

A ‘Russian’ tunic from Chanel’s famed Spring 1922 collection sold for €100,000 (£86,000) in Paris – a record for her early work.

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Elizabeth Gage earrings and a Gillray cartoon are among five lots to watch

28 November 2022

With estimates from £600, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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The web shop window: An early watch dating from c.1640

28 November 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Fall on a high after jewellery accolades

28 November 2022

Tennants’ jewellery specialist, Jessica Fall, has not only passed her Gemmological Association professional qualifications with flying colours but has also won the Bruton Medal for best candidate of the year, and the Deeks Diamond Prize for the best results in the theory examination.

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Iranian incense burner helps to fuel ‘white glove’ sale

21 November 2022

Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was another of the London salerooms that held a designated sale in Islamic week.

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Toadstone prized for magical properties

14 November 2022

A rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring comes for sale at Sworders in November 23 with expectations of £3000-5000.

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Watch given as gift to Thomas Mann’s favoured grandson emerges

14 November 2022

In his diary entry for August 12, 1950, the German writer and Nobel Prize recipient Thomas Mann described a meeting with his daughter-in-law Gret, who had married his youngest son Michael in 1939, and her 10-year-old son Frido in a café in Innsbruck.

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Rolex red letter day

14 November 2022

The Fine Wristwatches & Pens auction at Chiswick Auctions includes a rare variant of perhaps the most celebrated of all Rolex ‘tool’ watches: a 1970s Submariner with the so-called ‘single red’ Mark IV dial.

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A Rothschild with a passion for horses

14 November 2022

Dreweatts’ November 23 sale includes jewels from the collection of Renée Louise Marie de Rothschild (1927-2015).

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‘A hobby that you can wear’

14 November 2022

Auction consultant tells us about his own collection.

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Five pieces of jewellery coming up at UK auctions

14 November 2022

A look at upcoming jewellery auction lots

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Watches: stylish options from the 60s-70s

14 November 2022

Era of pop art and protests also brought fresh design beyond the earlier ‘tool’ template

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Queen Victoria’s wolf gift

14 November 2022

Queen Victoria gave many gifts to family, friends and servants, often commemorating notable events in her life.

André Romain Guilmet torpedo clock

Guilmet’s torpedo clock boat shoots away at auction

07 November 2022

André Romain Guilmet’s industrial themed clocks, the epitome of Victorian ‘progress’, are an ever-popular series.

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5 Questions: silver and jewellery specialist Natalie Smith

07 November 2022

Natalie Smith owns Woodbridge Antiques in Suffolk and specialises in silver and jewellery.

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Clock fairs at the double

31 October 2022

If horology is your passion then two events coming up will prove timely.

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Watch collection offered in French saleroom included examples dating back to the 16th century

31 October 2022

A single-owner collection of watches assembled over many decades and spanning 500 years of horology was offered by Aguttes (25/23% buyer’s premium) in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris.

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Handy for a life of luxury

31 October 2022

A couple of weeks after the Aguttes watches auction another collection in the same category went under the hammer in Paris.

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Bold jewellery designer can boast a Bond connection

24 October 2022

Charles de Temple is much admired as a key figure in the British 1960s modernist movement – one of the designers who ushered bold and abstract jewellery to the forefront of fashion.

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Example of the world’s first functioning lighter offered in Germany

17 October 2022

Among the eye-catchers at Wendl in Rudolstadt from October 27-29 is an example of the world’s first functioning lighter.

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