Estimate in excess of $1 million USD, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is set to auction off a true horological masterpiece: Roger Smith’s Pocket Watch Number Two. This career-defining timepiece earned Smith his apprenticeship with George Daniels, a revered figure in the world of independent watchmaking. With its 66.5mm diameter, the pocket watch features a handmade 18-carat gold case and an array of intricate techniques, such as barleycorn and basket-weave patterns on the dial, and Clous de Paris guiloché on the calendar dials. The watch bears Smith’s signature and is labeled as “number two” as it was the second timepiece he presented to Daniels.
Phillips’ Head of Watches for the American regions, Paul Boutros, describes the pocket watch as “one of the most important and impressive timepieces made by any contemporary independent watchmaker or brand, and consequently one of the most important watches in the world.” He notes that it represents a crucial moment in Smith’s career, as well as in the history of English watchmaking.
The pocket watch will embark on a global tour, starting in London on April 13 and moving on to Singapore, Los Angeles, Geneva, and Hong Kong before landing at the New York Watch Auction: EIGHT. The auction will be held on June 10 to 11 at Phillips’ auction house on 432 Park Avenue. To learn more about this remarkable and storied timepiece, visit Phillips’ official website.
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