As has been tradition now for a few years, ahead of the Christie’s Important Watches Auction in Dubai on March 23, an exclusive cocktail was organized for WatchTime Middle East readers and fellow watch enthusiasts at the Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers Hotel on March 20.

The preview was held on the evening of March 20

Readers and guests had the opportunity to get a close look at the some really rare timepieces from the Dubai as well as the Christie’s Geneva Auction later in May.

Guests got a rare glimpse at some historically important watches

This year’s auction is slated to the biggest in the auction’s history here in Dubai and understandably there were some really talking points for the guests attending that evening. 

Masa Tamaoki takes a closer look at a Patek Philippe

A big contingent of Christie’s watch experts have descended on the city and they were on hand to answer questions from the guests.

Gerald Donovan, Bob Xue and Masa Tamaoki

The belle of the ball was undoubtedly the ultra-rare Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph Ref. 1518 in yellow gold that was once belonged to King Farouk, the penultimate king of Egypt and Sudan.

Terence Black (left) and a guest

The watch has a pre-sale estimate of $400,000-800,000 and is all set to create a new record for the most expensive wristwatch sold at any auction in the Middle East.

Daniel Gamba Jones (left) and Steve Jones

The auction will be held tomorrow, March 23 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. Last year’s auction was the biggest sale of vintage watches in the region with a total of $5.4 million.

Siddarth Sivaprakash, Bipin Kurup and Dr. Srinath Dore

Have you read our preview of the more interesting lots that we fancied from this year’s auction lots yet?

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