A whirlwind weekend in Geneva of auction sales, Only Watch and the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has confirmed the rise and rise of independent watchmakers.
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For the third time, Phillips put independents front and centre of its sale, headlined by George Daniels. Connoisseurs packed the saleroom for the British auction house's May date, with the hammer coming down on several record-breaking lots.
"Unit 1 calling Unit 2. Rubidium atoms detected, vicinity of the Urwerk AMC. Approaching the zone, over." "Unit 2 to Unit 1, confirm intentions. Investigating solar energy theft at Ressence, Type 2, over."