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Dazzling diamonds and designer watches prove irresistible at auction - 05/07/2017

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Luxury is the watchword in the world of antiques and collectables right now with designer timepieces and quality jewellery proving irresistible to buyers across Britain and the world.

Think Rolex, Cartier or Longines when it comes to watches and simply think big when it comes to diamonds to capture a flavour of what’s on trend right now – a point proved at Hansons Auctioneers’ Summer Jewellery and Watches auction.

Quality watches and exquisite jewellery flew out to bidders at a specialist auction on June 29 at Hansons’ Etwall saleroom in Derbyshire.

Adrian Rathbone, head of watches at Hansons Auctioneers, said: “People are investing in quality pieces and that means our fine watch and jewellery departments are going from strength to strength.

“For the sale, I hand-picked fine and vintage watches from private sources. There were prestigious brands galore such as Rolex, Cartier, Jaeger Le Coultre, Corum, Omega and Longines to name a few.  

“The strength in this market sector continues unabated despite economic and political uncertainty.  

“This was proven by the immense pre-sale interest from worldwide collectors and investors and the prices achieved across the board.  

“Showcasing these select watches in a glossy catalogue with high quality images and an evening auction, where the Pimms flowed, was a recipe for success which we will replicate in our next jewellery, silver and watches auction on September 28.”

Highlights included Lot 125, a stylish circa 1999 Jaeger Le Coultre Art Deco design Reverso steel wristwatch. It was always going to fly past the £800 top estimate and sold for £1,700.

Meanwhile Lot 103, a 1980s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, found in a Derby property, topped £1,900.  And Lot 124, a boxed 1990s gents Rolex Cellini wristwatch, took its top estimate at £2,000. 

However, the star of the watches auction was Lot 122, a pristine Patek Philippe wristwatch.  

Crafted in 18ct white gold, the Nautilus watch bezel is set with diamonds totalling 0.77 carats and was offered with all of the original packaging and paperwork, including the high gloss macassar ebony presentation box.

 Discovered in a Staffordshire property, the estimate was punchy but did not deter one room bidder from contesting it to £14,000. 

The jewellery sale was equally impressive. Head of Jewellery Isabel Balmer said: "My favourite item in the sale was Lot 62, a late Victorian opal and diamond set pendant collarette necklace.

“I just loved everything about it, from the snug fit to the gorgeous opals displaying blues, greens, yellows and reds to the charming old cut diamonds which flashed in the light. Selling for £1,700, it really was a true beauty." 

"We've never had such a super collection of large diamonds in the same sale before. We're seeing stronger and stronger results each sale, with diamonds bought at auction becoming investment pieces.

“And why not wear them at the same time? Diamonds are hardwearing and just meant to be drooled over, so they're the perfect everyday-to-evening jewel."

"If it was statement jewellery you were looking for, our Summer Fine Jewellery sale had it all. From Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier to stunning Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco pieces, there were some truly phenomenal pieces."

"The bids were flying in from across the world - America, Japan, Russia, Qatar, France and Germany to name but a few."

Have you got a stunning wristwatch or piece of jewellery you may want to part with? Hansons next Fine Watches Showcase and Jewellery Evening Auction is on September 28 and entries are currently being invited until September 1.  For further information, please contact Adrian Rathbone on 01283 733988 or email


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