The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) raised $81,396 at its online Timepieces for HSNY: 2021 Charity Auction, presented by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo from June 7 to June 14. The 2021 figures nearly doubled the $45,000 raised by HSNY in 2019.
All seven of the auction lots sold, either at or above their estimated prices. HSNY reports that more than sixty horological enthusiasts were placing bids from around the world.
Highlights from the auction include HM Horological Society New York, a unique timepiece made especially for HSNY by Arnold & Son, which sold for $30,240, well above its high-end estimate. Additional lots included watches made by Rolex (pictured at top), Patek Philippe, Grand Seiko, Ulysse Nardin and Greubel Forsey.
“The incredible results from Timepieces for HSNY: Online Charity Auction 2021 will enable HSNY to further expand our annual financial aid programs, including scholarships for watchmaking students and grants for watchmaking schools,” said HSNY executive director Nicholas Manousos.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit HSNY in its ongoing mission to advance the art and science of horology, which includes offering financial aid to watchmaking institutions and full-time watchmaking students in the United States.
In 2021, HSNY offered four financial aid opportunities, and introduced the Benjamin Banneker Scholarship for Black Watchmaking Students and the Oscar Waldan Scholarship for Jewish Watchmaking Students. In all, HSNY awarded $70,000 in scholarships and awards in April 2021.
Bulgari this week unveils a series of black-DLC Bvlgari Bvlgari Cities Special Edition 2020 watches dedicated to nine cities, each of which will be identified on the watch’s wide bezel alongside the Bvlgari logo.
This artistic flavoring of the 41mm fashion-casual, three-hand watch is just the newest interpretation of a design Bulgari debuted to much acclaim in 1977, two years after its Bvlgari Roma digital watch became a fashion totem with its name on its case.
The new all-black Bvlgari Bvlgari Cities Special Edition will now display its Bvlgari logo on the bezel alongside the name of one of the nine cities (Rome, Tokyo, Dubai, Paris, London, Ibiza, Milan, Mexico City and New York), all of which Bulgari claims close ties, most hosting Bulgari boutiques, hotels or both.
And beyond the imprint of the city name on the watch’s bezel, each of the nine special editions will also be sold with a set of twelve art prints created by one of nine young artists Bulgari invited to create a colorful rendering of their city. See the special Bulgari website for more information about the artists and their creations.
The blackened steel-case Bvlgari Bvlgari Cities Special Edition is powered by the in-house automatic BVL 191 caliber. The watch comes with two straps that can be used interchangeably: one brown calf leather strap and one black rubber strap. Price: $4,350.
Specifications: Bulgari BVLGARI BVLGARI CITIES SPECIAL EDITION 2020
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement with automatic winding, Calibre BVL 191, indications of the hours, minutes and seconds. 42-hour power reserve
Case: 41mm steel treated with black Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) with transparent case back. Bezel engraved with the respective city name. 18-karat rose gold crown.
Dial: Black-lacquered grained with rose gold indexes. Date window at 3 o’clock.
Straps: Brown calf leather strap with ardillon buckle. Watch is delivered in a black-grained leather pouch containing a second strap in black rubber.