The Guardian reports that 68-year-old retired insurance broker Paul Dunkel of Luxembourg is set to sell his collection of over 5,800 Swatch watches (valued at more than $1.3 million) today in a “superlot” facilitated by the Hong Kong outpost of the auction house Sotheby’s.
The impressive collection includes limited edition Swatches by artists like Kiki Picasso and Keith Haring and a very special James Bond 40th anniversary collection watch. “It began with a few watches, then it was a passion,” Dunkel (who is getting out of the game to focus on family life) told The Guardian.
Sotheby’s head of watches, Sharon Chan, noted that “serious luxury watch collectors” like Swatch too. “Each watch in this collection translates into a chapter of contemporary art,” she continued.
Here’s hoping that among the almost six thousand watches lies at least one signature Swatch “X” watch, an eternal (oft-replicated) favorite of the straight edge hardcore community for going on three decades now.