What do Christie’s, Audemars Piguet and Sachin Tendulkar have in common?
The answer is a watch! When Christie’s celebrated its 10th anniversary in Dubai, it had a new sale, Elements of Style, which offered for the first time in the Middle East 60 handbags from Chanel to Hermès, as well as a large selection of luxury items such as exquisite watches for ladies and men, a fine selection of limited edition fountain pens by Montblanc and revisited vintage trunks and luggage pieces from Louis Vuitton.
The watch sale turned out to be an interesting event, one with an Indian connection. There were two watches on sale, which held special importance to India. Firstly, there was the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak offshore, Sachin Tendulkar model, which celebrated the exceptional performance of the master blaster. The watch is number 132 out of a 300 limited edition series and epitomises the glory of the ‘god of cricket.’ Tendulkar is world-class cricketer with innumerable records to his credit, including being the only player to have scored 100 centuries, and he is also the youngest recipient of the Bharat Ratna award. The Audemars Piguet Sachin Tendulkar watch was made in 2013 and was offered with an estimate of $12,000-18,000 at Christie’s Dubai sale.
Another Indian connection that came up at the event was a 50-watch limited edition by Swiss watchmaker Corum. The collection was launched in 1997 to commemorate 50 years of India’s independence. At the Christie’s auction, number 15 from this collection was offered for an estimate of $7,000-12,000.