Ultimate Cars, Watches & Hi Fi S02 ep7 : Oswaldo Patrizzi, Antiquorum, [Italy]
Interview with Oswaldo Patrizzi
Creator of Antiquorum , the world’s leading watch auctioneer, which has unlike any other auction house in the world, carved a niche for itself by promoting its passion for watch and clock collecting..
OP: I watch lover. I am Italian and my family, like most of Latin people, when we love we love a
lot and deeply.
OP: My father died when I am 13 years old, I stop my school and I go to work and I the clock for
me and the watches is actually the dream because I have the outside looking nice and practically I
go inside and I see what move, what give the life of this mechanism.
OP: When I starting to open the first clock to discover in which way work and the history of the
clock, much more the history of the mechanic himself, I am starting to slowly to go on antiques
because each watch is represent the capacity the artistic side of the man, the knowledge of the
man, the philosophy of the man and is fascinated me.
OP: When I have 16 years old I start my own business and I starting to have my workshop and 18
years old when I come major I get my first shop.
OP: From watch repair I starting to undertake the history of the watches, the history of the
horology itself and from watch repair to the history you come automatically antique or horology
and I start in ’62, ’63 to have to selling my first clocks to travelling to go in Austria, Paris, London,
most of the 17th, 18th century watches.
OP: For me the horology is a world, it’s not just some timepieces you have on your wrist or in your
pocket and is the beginning of the new technology the beginning of industrial era, and practically
is all born with the watch.
OP: I have a good friend already live in Geneva, he have restaurant, and we decided to do new
inventor, the idea is to create a new kind of new way to selling and to describe to show what is
OP: I not the dealer, I not the auctioneer, I the customer. What I want if I want to by at auction, is
the quality of the watch, is the way the watches is displaying the way the watch is illustrated, but
what more important, which kind of guarantee I have if I go can I buy. What happen in one year or
in five years if something is wrong. And all of these things, as slowly, slowly push me to starting
and to modify to change this what is this the auctioning on what is today practically is worldwide
event, maximum of information, all very clear, all very transparent and especially to using the
website when you have auction we really you create at world events.
OP: I had a bad example for ___ increase this because I able to do without the huge organisation to
push one part of the art, or one department, so I independent from the other, that practically I just
broken the mechanics.
OP: We have a lot of proposition for the very rich or very passionate people, but practically I
prefer to work for myself after what happen and I think I have an excellent team, the team of the
people follow me after this adventure and we are ready to start, I think we have a new concept the
revolution at all what is the auction system and with the experience we have before we ready to
starting the new auction house.
OP: My range of action is much more bigger because I go back into the 16th century but what is
made today is so fantastic, also is easy to understand is much more easy to understand a nice wrist
watch than 17th century pendant watch for Cardinal.
OP: You know you’re talking with the company made the first on life, on line auctions. Practically
it is a new company, is take the best of the on line and the best of the classic sale. We put together
we decide okay no commission for the bearer from the buyer because, because is the way to pay
exactly the real price of the watch. To do that we need to reduce expenses. We reduce expenses
because the catalogue is nice in paper I know I the first, but from, if you want information you
need much more than one page for one description, much more than one picture, practically you
have to do only on line, you only buy on the web. Guarantee, they expect we have the capacity you
have with me the best expert in the world and what is the real idea is the multi screen auction.
OP: The idea is to create it in the room in the hotel drawer. Hotel drawer in Paris is a very old
institution is probably middle of 18th century where in the same building you have 14, 15 auction
rooms, it is all done by the ____ and practically no catalogue is made only very small catalogue
and the people put on that for sale one month before more description and selling. When you enter
in this building you have a so excitement, the people go in one room to the other to the other, is for
me, is the real auctions, not you go and you wait for three hours, just watch the next lot, the lot
come after 150 as to wait you are sleeping because you don’t know what to spend the time. The
idea is to activate it and the activities I make I don’t have the hotel drawer but I have a nice big
room, I have four screen, screen, and each screen has one sale. I have four animators help the
people want to bidding and send the Wall Street the people started to bidding in this lot in this lot,
in this lot. We able to go until 1000 to 1500 watches a day and it is sometimes too exciting to
reduce the loss time.
OP: One of the place where I find most of the watches is India.
OP: India because on the end of 19th century the Maharaja ordered 1000’s and 1000’s watches to
the Swiss horology and the best not only on diamond stone the curative case, but also on the
mechanism you want to have a, to show the hour these people is cultivated and able to get so
important watch. And these watches most really the time is the keep on the collection or give the
gift to the different family and one day a friend of me in Bombay ___ we have to go on in some
place on the north ___ and I have a friend who have a nice pocket watch but worries, oh, one hour
and a half, one hour and a half plane and after one hour of car, so okay so practically I know only
very well daily you daily I know very well Bombay, but I don’t know the part of India. Is good
occasion to see. We take a small plane, very small plane just eight people and my God I said oh,
oh I don’t know, I have really to pray to arrival. We arrival in one, we landing in I think use one of
the plane coming to play ___ and we take one very old jeep and we go to in the middle of the
forest, in the middle of the forest they have a small village in this village they have the guy come
from the families ___ very special guy, and he invite for the night and in the evening he show me
the nice pocket watch with the name on the back, on the top, on the bottom with one side or the
diamond on the side and in the middle of the mirage, Maharaja and he said me my father gave me
and to give to him is the sum of ___ is very important for our family blah, blah, blah, is late to
come back and I sleep in this small house on the night I hear the lion, roar, oh my God and I very
sudden, where push me to go to find watches which amazing, the middle of the forest in the middle
of the forest very close to the lion, very close to the nature I find one of the nice modern
spectacular pocket watch that I never have, and he decided to give to us for auction and I put in
auction and we get sold for about one million Swiss Franc. We’re talking about in ’84, ’85, 1984.
??: Enormous then.
OP: Is enormous money and for me is very nice because practically I go really at the end of the
world to find this watch, come from L___ made in 1890-95 to the what most rich man in the world
at the time.
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