'The Centennial Collection
100 Years of Timepieces' An Exhibition of Asia's Largest Collection of Multi-Brand Timepieces Ever Offered at Auction

HONG KONG – The international auction house Bonhams is honored to present the "The Centennial Collection: 100 Years of Timepieces" in Hong Kong – the largest collection of multi-brand timepieces ever offered at auction in Asia. Assembled over 40 years by a single collector who began the collecting journey in his teenage years, the panoramic fresh-to-the-market collection of over 1,000 pieces spans every decade of the last 100 years from the 1920s to the present day. The collection features an exceptional array of wristwatches, clocks, pens and other memorabilia, all related to the best brands of vintage watch collecting, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, Heuer, Longines, Movado, and Universal. The first part of the collection in excess of 600 items will be unveiled for a public exhibition from 31 May to 12 June at Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery. "The Centennial Collection" will be offered across multiple sales throughout the year, commencing with 'Hong Kong Watches 2.0' on 12 June.

Tim Bourne, Bonhams' International Director of Watches, Asia, commented: "We are honored to be entrusted with a private collection of this unprecedented magnitude and historical importance. Carefully curated over four decades and spanning over 100 years, The Centennial Collection is the best storyteller of modern horological history. With a two-week exhibition unveiling the first part of this enormous collection, we are thrilled to be sharing the collector's huge passion with not only watch enthusiasts, but also the general public who want to learn about the development of timepieces through actual examples."

Among the many storied highlights in the collection is an exceedingly rare 1969 limited edition Omega Speedmaster Professional "Moon Watch", coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969, when Apollo XI astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong both wore Omega Speedmasters to accompany their historic moonwalk. The current lot on offer is part of a limited edition that Omega made in 1969 to commemorate the Apollo XI Moon landing.

Attractively estimated starting from HK$3,000, this landmark, large-scale collection represents a unique opportunity for watch enthusiasts and collectors – newcomers or connoisseurs alike – to own a piece of horological history from the 20th and 21st century.

Over 310 pieces from the collection will be offered at Bonhams 'Hong Kong Watches 2.0' sale on 12 June, alongside a further enticing selection of over 180 lots of important watches, totalling over 500 lots.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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