If you are a watch enthusiast then Hong Kong is the place to head for this summer. As Christie’s gears up for a once-in-a lifetime event where more than 500 timepieces from the stable of the best and most trusted go on auction, watch lovers cannot help but wait with baited breath. The gale is scheduled to bang on 30th May at the Hong Kong convention and exhibition center. Estimated to sell for $16 million, the collection includes a range of interesting items bordering on the complicated and the artistic. While on one hand the auction showcases an extraordinary selection of Patek Philippe or Harry Winston Opus pieces, the most complicated wrist watch in history- a Frank Muller Aetertnitas- is expected to lead the pack. An exquisite time amidst rare, vintage timepieces- the Christie’s Spring auction of Important watches packs it all, in one bag. That Christie’s registered their highest in global sales for watches in 2011 proved to be the main inspiration behind the event. Take a look at the four most spectacular and expensive pieces to go under the hammer this May at Hong Kong.
1. The Frank Muller Aetertnitas Mega 4
Estimated Price: $600,000-$1,200,000
The Frank Muller Aetertnitas Mega 4 is already being expected to be the most the “watched” watch at the auctions. Facing an auction crowd for the first time, the piece, according to Christie’s sources, is the most complicated wrist watch ever made. 1483 parts were combined to create 36 functions, making it a collector’s delight. As the watch prepares for its maiden appearance in public, critics and scholars have already granted the Aetertnitas a place amongst the most exclusive wristwatches ever manufactured. And we have earlier seen the Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon 8889 T G SQT, which features the world’s largest tourbillon ever incorporated in a watch.