Bonhams, London, 16 December 2016
Sold for £25,000
The principal reason for selecting this particular watch is simply that it promises to offer remarkable value for money – assuming it doesn’t greatly exceed the pre-sale estimate. Like many of the watches from this collection, it is in immaculate, virtually unworn condition and represents a great way of acquiring a really good quality tourbillon watch at an affordable price.
Fans of Saxon watch making will know that Alfred Helwig, after whom the piece is named, was a celebrated watchmaker who began his career as an instructor at the German School of Watchmaking in 1913 and went on to develop the now relatively ubiquitous flying tourbillon a few years later. Unlike a traditional tourbillon, which is anchored at both the top and the bottom, a flying tourbillon is cantilevered and attached on one side only to more audaciously showcase this most prized complication.