NEW YORK — Hindman conducted their inaugural New York sale with the watch collection of Glen de Vries, the late medical science professional whose recent Blue Origin suborbital trip made history prior to his untimely demise in a small aircraft crash in November 2021. Complete results for the October 18 sale are available for review at LiveAuctioneers. All prices include the buyer’s premium.
The sale topped $3 million, with 95% of the 101 lots selling, and most notably, more than 50% of the buyers were first-time bidders with Hindman.
The top lot of the auction was an F.P. Journe platinum ‘Tourbillon Souverain Black Label’ that realized $415,800 against a low estimate of $250,000. Produced between 2006 and 2015, the watch features a mechanism unique to Journe, visible through a crystal back and outfitted with the distinctive gold dials synonymous with the brand.
Other top performers included a F.P Journe 18K rose gold ‘Octa Chronograph’, which sold for $176,000; a Richard Mille RM-6101 Yohan Blake that achieved $163,800; and an A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down platinum ‘Lumen’ that realized $163,800.
“The watches in the de Vries collection reflected the interests of the collector – innovative time pieces from many independent and forward-looking markers. It was truly one of the most remarkable collections I have ever had the pleasure of handling,” said Hindman Senior Vice President and Director of Jewelry and Watches Reginald Brack. “Mr. de Vries had such a deep appreciation for the science of watchmaking, being drawn to some of the most sophisticated complications like tourbillons, perpetual calendars, flyback chronographs, and other groundbreaking mechanical achievements. He was ahead of his time in his collecting and curated a collection that our clients responded to with enthusiasm.”