Online luxury auctions have proven so alluring in the pandemic age that even Phillips, a big believer in the enduring appeal of live auctions, is now offering dedicated digital sales more frequently.
This week, for example, the auctioneer’s Hong Kong team is staging two dedicated online-only sales, “Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I,” which runs July 21 to 27, and “Jewels: Online Auction,” which runs July 22 to 28.
While Phillips has held summer online auctions of jewelry for the last few years, this week’s AAA USA replica watches sale — the majority of which is made up of modern pieces — marks the house’s first dedicated online watch auction without a charity component.
“This new online auction is in response to strong demand in the finest timepieces,” Ingrid Hsu, Phillips’ public relations director in Asia, tells Robb Report.
Besides ensuring that prospective buyers no longer need to worry about placing phone or online bids in the middle of the night, the digital format appeals to people new to the auction scene because it offers more convenience and lacks the intimidation factor of live sales.
“Auction is a really ancient way to sell things, and it’s very effective,” says Paul Boutros, Phillips’ head of high quality fake watches in the Americas. “As more and more people are digitally savvy, online auctions make sense. There’s room for many people and participants in this space.”
Timepiece and jewelry lovers should take note of the following lots in particular, says Hsu.
Replica Audemars Piguet Ref. 26579CE Watches
“In 2017, perfect Audemars Piguet copy watches shook the world of haute horlogerie once again by introducing its state-of-the-art Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black ceramic,” Hsu says. “Although the brand has been known to offer bezels and cases in this material, a ceramic bracelet was previously never imagined.
“Inspired by calibre 2120, the slender case on the ref. 26579 houses an automatic calibre 5134, connecting its visual and technical complexity to its predecessors,” she adds. “Along with the traditional calendar functions, the present Royal Oak is presented with weekly indication and a beautiful moon phase display, depicted by a photorealistic moon on an iridescent aventurine background. As the genesis of its line in full ceramic livery, this Swiss movements replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watches in black ceramic is one of the hottest models, not to mention the most unattainable.”
Fake Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5164A-001 Watches
“The present timepiece is offered in ‘like new’ overall condition with extremely minimal signs of use and wear,” says Hsu. “The best replica Patek Philippe Aquanaut watches was launched in 1997 and was the first Patek Philippe to be worn with a resistant rubber strap. Introduced in 2011, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut reference 5164 Travel Time is the very first complicated Aquanaut model.”
Taking its rarity to a whole new level, however, is the fact that the dial bears the Tiffany & Co. name, she adds.
Rolex Ref. 116748SA GMT-Master II Replica Watches
“The present example is top super clone Rolex GMT-Master II watches with a lavishly set bezel in baguette-shaped blue sapphires and white diamonds,” says Hsu. “Pairing the carefully handpicked stones with a warm 18k yellow gold case, the ref. 116748 SA at hand is most certainly a winner according to John Goldberger, famed author of ‘Time to Race’ and long-time connoisseur of cheap Rolex replica watches with a penchant for golden-era vintage Swiss watches.
“With only a handful of examples that have surfaced on the market so far, this is an extremely rare specimen, the last of its kind to feature its highly distinguishable non-diamond-set lugs,” adds Hsu. “Offered in excellent overall condition with its original presentation box, this collectible, historically important and distinctive sports watch will be a beautiful addition to any collection.”