Watches, jewellery and art go under the hammer at Phillips Asia

Watches, jewellery and art go under the hammer at Phillips Asia

Digital ‘Refresh: Reload’ auction unites disciplines for the first time

Phillips Asia’s first cross-category online auction blurs the lines between disciplines, for the first time uniting watches, jewellery and art under one umbrella. It made sense to tap into the zeitgeist when it came to relaxing formerly stringent classifications: ‘We have seen a great deal of cross-category collecting, as collectors’ tastes continue to evolve globally,’ says Delissa Handoko, head of online sales.

It is a heady mix – Mikimoto pearls and a rare pink gold Patek Philippe Ref. 5164R-001 are shown with jewels from Cartier and Van Cleef and pieces by Josh Sperling and Katherine Bernhardt, alongside Daniel Arsham’s mischievous Mickey Mouse and Jeff Koons’ balloon dogs. Arsham himself dips between cultures – his blackened stainless steel wristwatch with playful wandering minute and seconds sits alongside last year’s bronze hourglass.

The ‘Refresh: Reload’ auction is divided into two parts, with ‘Refresh’ a light-hearted edit of contemporary artworks and bright jewels and watches. ‘Reload’ dips more towards the avant garde, uniting more progressive pieces with special editions and collectibles. In total, 180 lots are available to view at Phillips Hong Kong.

Collaboration is a key theme, and Daniel Arsham is not the only one to explore other art forms; Kaws and Dior’s figures and Alex Isreal and Rimowa’s luggage are also included here, a testament to the fruitful spirit of new partnerships. §

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