By Dexter R. Matilla
Depending on how one looks at it, the past year came with its lessons but none more important than the value of time.
Some may see it as a point in one’s lifetime to reconnect with loved ones while others may consider it as an opportunity to rest and recharge for the challenges that are sure to come in a post-Covid-19 world.
For some, however, surviving is enough and having something to remind themselves of their resilience is nothing to frown upon.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement according to author Helen Keller and nothing says triumph more than a good timepiece that eventually becomes part of one’s story.
Regale your friends with any or all of the Rolex up for bidding. There is the Rolex Daytona “Big Red”, a manual winding Daytona that is one of the last iterations before the automatic Zenith chronograph was introduced. Other interesting Rolex pieces include the circa 1975 Explorer “Orange Hand” MK2 with black dial, and the circa1995 Rolex Daytona Reference 16520 “Patrizzi” with black dial.
Even more exciting is the limited run Tag Heuer Monaco x Hour Glass, of which only 50 pieces were made. Featuring a 39mm black PVD steel case, it was released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Monaco as well as the 40th anniversary of The Hour Glass.
Vintage glassworks, antique furniture, mid-century modern pieces from Mid-century Manila are also up for grabs.
Enchanting pieces that are sure to elicit awe from house guests include the iconic RAR or Rocking Arm Chair on Rod Base (27” x 24.25: x 25.5”) by Charles and Ray Eames with upholstery by Alexander Girard Eames as well as Knoll International’s Womb Chair (35.5” x 40” x 34”) by Eero Saarinen and the Bird Chair (38.5” x 40.25” x 14.5”) by Harry Bertoia and the Embryo Chair (30.4” x 25.25” x 33.5”) by Marc Newson for Idee & Cappellini.
Rare balayong and narra Sakang Mesa Altar from the Gina Lopez collection as well as a gilded 19th-century 2,182-gram silver Monstrance and a mid-19th-century Ivory Crucifix with 18K gold metalwork add a mystic aura to any room. Creme de la creme of furniture is the LC4 Chaise, “the definitive chaise-lounge” whose geometric purity and ergonomic intent embody a peak in furniture design, resulting from collaboration by Le Corbusier, Piere Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand.
The Leòn Gallery “Leòn Exchange Online Auction 18” will be held on Jan. 23 (Saturday) and Jan. 24 (Sunday), starting at 11a.m. Guest curator is medical practitioner and design consultant Joel Malixi, co-administrator of the Facebook page Philippine Heritage Furniture.
Leon Gallery is inviting the public to visit the exhibition starting Jan. 16 (Saturday) to 22 (Friday) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Previews of these lots will be at Leòn Gallery Warehouse 14, La Fuerza Compound, Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.