Swatch & Art From The Dunkel Collection At Sotheby’s Hong Kong

Swatch & Art From The Dunkel Collection At Sotheby’s Hong Kong
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Swatch & Art From The Dunkel Collection At Sotheby’s Hong Kong

Swatch & Art From The Dunkel Collection At Sotheby’s Hong Kong

Swatch & Art. OFFERED AS A SUPERLOT COMPRISING 5,800 ELEMENTS: Exclusive Prototypes, Limited & Special Edition Swatch Watches from 1983 to 2007, and Artwork relating to Swatch Designs Highlighting Sotheby’s Hong Kong Sale of Important Watches on 7 April 2015.

This Spring, Sotheby’s Hong Kong is delighted to present Swatch & Art from the Dunkel Collection, one of the world’s largest Swatch collections in private hands ever known (estimate upon request). Comprising more than 5,800 elements collected over 25 years by Mr Paul Dunkel, a passionate European collector, this superlot encompasses exclusive prototypes, limited and special edition Swatch watches from 1983 to 2007, and collected artwork relating to Swatch designs. Swatch & Art from the Dunkel Collection will lead the Important Watches Spring Sale taking place on 7 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Mr Paul Dunkel, owner of the Collection, says, “Collecting both the Swatch and the artworks is like having an intriguing marriage that works perfectly well, affording people the luxury of admiring art objects on their wrists. What I enjoy the most about Swatch is that everybody can relate to it: regardless of age, origin, colour, culture, job and taste, most of us have had a Swatch in our lives. Over the years I have built an encyclopedic collection comprising nearly every model of Swatch produced in their first 25 years. I would like to thank Sotheby’s for the opportunity to share them with the world and I am looking forward to passing the legacy on to the next owner.”

Sharon Chan, Sotheby’s Head of Watches, Asia, comments, “This season we are thrilled to bring to the world one of the largest Swatch collection in private hands ever known, to be offered as a superlot. One would be absolutely amazed by the amount of artistic and creative energy that can be worn on the wrist. Each watch in this collection translates into a chapter of contemporary art, or even an attitude and an approach to life. It is also a wonderful revelation to me how many serious luxury watch collectors around us are also passionate Swatch lovers. I urge you to come and discover this fun and exciting world of Swatch.”


Riding on the quartz revolution in the late 1970s, Swatch made its initial mark on the business in 1983, taking the world by storm by merging the durable quartz movement with a playful style and synthetic materials. In 1985, the watch was officially turned into an actual art piece with the launch of Swatch Art Special, a series of collaborations with world-famous or up-and-coming artists from a broad range of disciplines initiated by Nicolas Hayek, founder of the Swatch Group.

Names immortalised in Swatch Art Special collaborations range from artists such as Keith Haring, Mark Kostabi, Sam Francis, Mimmo Paladino, Mimmo Rotella – most of them featured at the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum and Fondation Maeght – to world phenomena such as the Olympics Games, Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz 3.

Festival, the FIFA World Cup and James Bond movies along with their infamous villains. Produced in limited and numbered editions, each Swatch Art Special commemorates a unique occasion, extraordinary event or person.

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