On February 10, 2022, Sotheby’s will be auctioning legendary watch designer Gerald Genta’s original drawings and designs, including those of the iconic Nautilus and Royal Oak.

There will be 100 drawings made available during the three-part Gérald Genta: Icon of Time sale — which will take place at three locations beginning with Geneva (February, 10th-24th, 2022), then Hong Kong (March 10th-24th, 2022), and finally in New York (April 13th-27th, 2022).

While these are only drawings, they encompass the original concepts of some of the most sought-after watches on the market — such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Patek Philippe Nautilus, Universal Geneve Polerouter, and many more — and will likely receive huge bids despite starting prices of around $100 per drawing.

Each of Genta’s works of art will be paired with a unique NFT that guarantees its authenticity, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Gerald Genta Heritage association.

Perhaps best of all, after the Gérald Genta: Icon of Time auction series concludes, in May 2022 (50 years after the original Royal Oak Ref. 5402 was introduced) Sotheby’s will auction Gerald Genta’s personal two-tone 1975 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 5402 (shown above) — the most iconic of all of his watch designs.


Photo by Sotheby’s.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

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