why there was always so much information in their catalogues and the scans of such good quality. Looking back Sotheby's and Christie's catalogues had rather poor scans and hardly any details on the watch (history etc...) as still accodring to Patrizzi they catered to professional who knew what they were buying and didn't need educating.
Things have nevertheless changed and Christie's and Sotheby's in the past 2-3 years have started editing excellent catalogues.
I still think that Antiquorum's catalogues are supperior to the other 2 as there are more historical and technical notes.
Antiquorum has been going under many attacks in the past year since Patrizzi's eviction, the press has all of a sudden woken up finding that some brands actually bid for their watches and gone on a crusade against Antiquorum follwed by dealers who have boycotted the sales etc...
As I said before I don't want to get into Antiquorum's internal politics as (i) it's non of my business and (ii) to comment I need to know exactly what's going on and I don't. However if watches are considered today as an item worthy of collecting it's thanks to Antiquorum. They set the market and created awareness, when the majority of us buy or sell a watch we check the Antiquorum database to see what the price is.
Christie's and Sotheby's are art dealing powerhouses, no matter how well their watch sales do they count as peanuts in their overall revenues, watches are not essential to them whereas Antiquorum's core and sole business is watches.
I truly believe that the industry (brands, dealers, buyers) would have a lot to loose if Antiquorum disappears.
Just my 2c...