By the Engel & Völkers Team
“A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit.” - Ian Fleming
More than just intimate and classic—this event was timeless. Engel & Völkers had the pleasure of attending "STYLED: Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them," a collaboration between luxury fashion and lifestyle brands MR PORTER, Phillips and The Rake. MR PORTER, award-winning online destination for men's style, and The Rake, leading men's lifestyle magazine and e-commerce platform, curated a selection of tailored looks showcased alongside vintage and modern timepieces in Phillips' New York gallery. This exhibition culminated in Phillips', in Association with Bacs & Russo, second watch auction in New York on December 5th, offering 121 collectors' watches of the highest caliber, ultimately realizing over $11.5 million.
One of the most highly discussed timepieces on auction included that of luxury Swiss watch brand Patek Philippe, whose stainless steel chronograph wristwatch circa 1946 stood in the limelight. Additionally, the brand's men's Nautilus collection, a combination of sophistication and sporting elegance, included its 5980 model, which showcased automatic movement, black/brown dial, 18K Rose Gold case and a leather belt. Another favored piece was the 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon in platinum on a strap with white and celestial sky dials. Finally, the 5039J Perpetual Calendar Watch shined in 18K yellow gold with a 35mm case, an automatic movement with perpetual calendar and moonphase complication, creme dial, hobnail bezel and black alligator strap with tang buckle closure.
The evening before the auction, Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant of Phillips Watches; Toby Bateman, Managing Director of MR PORTER; and Wei Koh, Founder of The Rake participated in a panel discussion led by A Continuous Lean's Michael Williams surrounding watches as signature statement pieces, their unique stories, influential watchmakers and distinct elements that separate models and brands from one another. All commented on the significance of timepieces for their potential for unique personalization in men's fashion and as pieces of art. Other notable guests at the event included Johannes Huebl, German model; Scott Schuman, founder of The Sartorialist; and our own Anthony Hitt, president & CEO of Engel & Völkers Americas.
A timepiece tells more than time, it reveals characteristics about the person wearing it—whether that person may be more flashy, conservative, cool, hard-working, adventurous, or a risk-taker. A watch not only builds confidence, it completes a look. It emphasizes the details of that person's aesthetic and completes the entire composition—the perfect storm between fashion and function. At Engel & Völkers, we believe the personalization of one's home can speak volumes about its owner as well. Like timepieces, investing in the maintenance and modernizing aspects of a home can increase a property's value over time, and taking care of one's cherished home can yield inexplicable emotional gratification. We were thrilled to take part in such a stylish evening celebrating the pursuit of the best in life.