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.

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Trio of clocks that wound up at spring sales

19 April 2019

This trio of clocks – all classic collectors’ pieces – went well above estimate at spring sales.

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Jewellery: Gold ring dedicated to the Crimean War commander who led the Light Brigade to its doom heads selection of recent jewellery highlights

19 April 2019

It was on the battlefield of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 that the name of James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan (1797-1868) first became etched into public memory.

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Victorian gold necklace shows cutting edge of the Grand Tour

19 April 2019

A Victorian hardstone and gold necklace and similar brooch sold for an unexpected £7500 (estimate £600-800) at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on April 11.

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Fouquet fresh as a daisy

19 April 2019

This French mother-of-pearl and gold pin formed as a daisy comes in a fitted box signed for George Fouquet (1862-1957).

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Farnham’s fragrant bloom points to late 19th century Tiffany

19 April 2019

Although unmarked, this gold, enamel and diamond brooch offered by Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) on April 3 was almost certainly made by Tiffany in New York c.1890.

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Phillips to offer rare wristwatch find in Geneva

15 April 2019

The May 11-12 Geneva sale conducted by Phillips in association with watch consultancy Bacs & Russo includes one of the most complicated wristwatches of the pre-war era: the Vacheron Constantin minute repeater with retrograde calendar from 1940.

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Renaissance continues in market for mechanical wristwatchs

15 April 2019

Watch collectors priced out of the market for blue-chip branded sports models are finding value for money elsewhere.

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Rolex ‘Big Red’ Daytona makes huge return for vendor at Cardiff auction

15 April 2019

The ‘Big Red’ Daytona reference 6265 is one of the most desirable Rolex chronographs from the 1980s.

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Handiwork of the Wignalls at Galloway's upcoming event

15 April 2019

A pad top bracket clock signed Mary Wignall and Sons Ormskirk is included at The Arley Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, the next event from Galloway Antiques Fairs.

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Rare variant of Compur chronograph made for extreme climates brings remarkable bidding in Hampshire

15 April 2019

Universal Genève helped change the horological landscape in 1934 with the introduction of an affordable two-button Compur chronograph – a line that continued into the 1940s.

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Heuer watches steeped in racing heritage bring demand at auctions across UK

15 April 2019

Heuer watches, steeped in racing history, are among the ‘secondary’ or ‘niche’ Swiss brands that have entered the mainstream collecting arena in the past decade.

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Vendors dive into the salerooms to offer Second World War watches

15 April 2019

It was during the First World War that the convenience of the wristwatch began to replace the pocketwatch but it really came into its own with the production of bespoke ‘tool’ watches for submariners and airmen later in the century.

Andrew Grima ring

Grima jewellery, Devlin designs and a Kangxi vase – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

05 April 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes an Andrew Grima ring and two Stuart Devlin silver gilt surprise eggs that sold for many multiples of their estimates.

Masterpieces in Miniature

Remarkable collection of ancient engraved gems come to auction at Christie’s New York

29 March 2019

Christie’s is to sell a remarkable collection of engraved gems from the Classical world, formerly in the Sangiorgi collection, in New York.

George Attenborough & Son

Police appeal for help to catch criminal gang behind multi-million-pound gem theft from Fleet Street jeweller

27 March 2019

The Met Police’s Flying Squad are appealing for help to find a gang of criminals who reportedly tunnelled into jewellery dealer George Attenborough & Son on Fleet Street.

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Pick of the week: The time to take a stand with vintage Rolex accessories

25 March 2019

Surprise bid highlights demand for vintage Rolex accessories at auction.

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PREVIEW: Freiburg – Peege

25 March 2019

Through his numerous inventions, the Parisian craftsman Julien Leroy (1686-1759) is credited with revitalising the art of clock and watch making in the French capital and throughout the country.

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Viscountess Astor’s aquamarine jewel sparkles in Newbury

18 March 2019

An impressive Edwardian aquamarine and diamond brooch with a provenance to the first lady to take her seat as an MP in the UK sold for £54,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at auction this month.

Aide memoire

Five highlights from Fellows’ first Fine Jewellery auction

05 March 2019

Jewellery and watch specialist Fellows is to introduce a new sale category this month focused upon the better quality lots it sells from its Birmingham saleroom.

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Louis XIV French table clock emerges in Dallas auctions

04 March 2019

This early 18th century Louis XIV French table clock is part of a selection of 19 early European timekeepers that feature in Heritage Auctions’ fine and decorative arts sale in Dallas on March 8-10.

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