Roger’s first working collaboration with the great Dr. George Daniels was the now highly sought-after Millennium series of watches. Limited to just over 50 pieces the series was built between 1998 and 2001. Roger comments: “Being asked by George to collaborate on a watch series was one of the most significant moments in my career and so the Millennium watch will always have a very special place in my work”.
He further remarks: “The watches originally sold for £30,000 on release. Since then, values have continued to rise and this latest sale by Bonhams further establishes both the horological significance of the pieces, their collectibility and their value”.
The Millennium watch was Lot 166 and described as “a very fine and rare 18ct yellow gold limited series automatic centre seconds calendar wristwatch, Co-Axial escapement with fitted box, papers and letters signed by George Daniels. Made in 1999”.
Selling for £146,500 inc. premium, this was a new world record for one of these pieces and the third to achieve a sale price in excess of £145,000.
Paul Maudsley International Director of the Bonhams Watch Department remarks: “We were delighted to set the World Record of a white gold Daniels Millennium Watch in 2013 and now to beat the existing record for a yellow gold example in the 11th of June sale in New Bond Street, we have shown that the market remains very buoyant for George’s work.”