Christies Real Estate Magazine



Timepieces WATCH THIS

Raik Krause, Patek Philippe Boutique manager and assistant general manager at Wempe’s Fifth Avenue boutique, discusses today’s most desirable wristwear “My selection of timepieces is a delicate balance of tradition and contemporary watchmaking. Increasingly, we are seeing watch brands utilize the latest technological innovations within the compact structures of a watch case. Here are three of my favorites.” Released at Baselworld 2019, this column- wheel chronograph boasts a remarkable 270 pieces in its intricate hand-finished movement. At 1.6 inches (41 mm) and encased in white gold, this timepiece is as impressive on the outside as it is on the inside. ULYSSE NARDIN Free Wheel and Skeleton X collections Ulysse Nardin is renowned for its marine deck chronometers. While the brand still produces marine chronometers (now available in wristwatch size), it has become well known for its technical innovations, such as the use of silicium, a type of silicon that can withstand even the most extreme of conditions. Its Free Wheel and Skeleton X designs have become an instant success among our watch enthusiasts. SINCLAIR HARDING Three Train Skeleton Clocks If you ever visit our boutique, you’ll realize that we are committed to the preservation of horology in all its forms, resulting in a large selection of mantel and wall clocks, such as the Three Train Skeleton Clocks. In addition, on entry you are greeted by a horological masterpiece—a life-size working model of the famous and historic H1, made by John Harrison between 1730 and 1735. The original can be found in London’s Royal Observatory. PATEK PHILIPPE Chronograph 5172G

Clockwise from above: Raik Krause; the Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel by Ulysse Nardin; Wempe on Fifth Avenue; a Three Train Skeleton Clock by Sinclair Harding; Patek Philippe’s Chronograph 5172G.

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