Enthusiasts Haute-Garonne. The personal watch of the manufacturer Ettore Bugatti explodes the auction at 272 800 €
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A watch that belonged to Ettore Bugatti was awarded nearly € 273,000 at an auction near Toulouse (Haute-Garonne). A record for a watch performed by Swiss Mido watchmaking in the 1920s, for the founder of the mythical car brand.
272 800 €: This is the price on Saturday 17 April the watch of Ettore Bugatti, founder of the mythical automobile brand, into ( ), near Toulouse. In the form of riding iron, like the famous calender of luxury cars and competition bugatti, the watch of the "boss" was initially estimated between 80,000 and 120 000 €.
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It's a record for a Mido watch, famous Swiss watchmaking manufacture. "Today, when there is a provenance of a celebrity, the price is increased" , explains to the AFP the watchmaker Alexander Light, who introduced "This exceptional piece" under the hammer of the Ageter Stanislas Machoir.
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The history of this gold watch dates back to the end of the 1920s, period 'Apozée of the motor racing, recalls Alexander Léger. Anxious to thank his pilots and mechanics, Ettore Bugatti goes to this era to order the Mido Swiss watchmaking manufacture a few dozen gold watches with a leather strap.
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After his death in 1947, his son Michel will inherit from one of these watches: the one of his father himself. In 1967, he decided to replace the leather strap with another in yellow and white gold braided, said to "Milanese mesh", tells Alexander Léger, pointing the reference to Milan from which had originated the famous founder of the automobiles bugatti.a "unique" photo shoot in Mulhouse
The watch will then go through the hands of several collectors after its sale by Michel Bugatti in the 1980s, continues the watchmaking specialist, mandated with Jean-Christophe Guyon by the cabinet of expertise VWS (Vintage Watch Story). "Buyers from around the world had told us about their interest, including the Bugatti brand itself and the Swiss Mido watchmaking" , provides the independent expert.
"The global influence of this sale" is in particular due to a "unique" photo session at the city of the automobile in Mulhouse, where were the watch of Ettore Bugatti and its personal car, "the More expensive in the world », says Alexander Léger. In parallel with this watch "which will stay in Europe" , other luxury watches have been bid on Saturday at the Château de Lasserre, as well as vehicles of "Exception" .
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