Before there were watches, there were pocket watches. The time when men wore waistcoats and women strapped themselves down in bustles. They are the precursor to the timepieces we wear on our wrists today. The wonderful thing about pocket watches is that there is a larger surface to express artistry. Plus, you don’t have to squint through a loupe to appreciate the intricate gearing or finishing. The art of the pocket watch is not lost today. Several companies still produce them, including traditional companies Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin as well as independents Richard Mille and URWERK, which we discuss here. On December 16th, Christie’s has two important Patek Philippe pocket watches going up for auction. Doug Escribano, a watch specialist in the department, shows us two examples, one vintage and one contemporary. You can access the lots here and here.