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Sylvester Stallone Sells His Knockout Watch Collection, Including the Most Valuable Modern Timepiece Sold in Sotheby’s History

Sat, Jun 8, 2024 7:00amGrey Clock 3 min

Sylvester Stallone’s legacy as one of the most notable watch collectors of the 21st century was cemented in New York this week, as 11 of the actor’s timepieces sold for US$6.7 million—beating its presale estimate—at Sotheby’s.

The highlight of the sale was the Academy Award winner’s Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, which sold for US$5.4 million (surpassing its pre-sale estimate of US$2.5 million to US$5 million), a result that set a pair of benchmarks for the auctioneer. It’s the third-most valuable wristwatch sold in Sotheby’s history, and marks a record for a modern watch sold by Sotheby’s, topping the US$4.5 million sale of a Richard Mille Reference RM53-02 last October.

“The sale of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime was an unrepeatable celebration, not only of a masterpiece by the most revered Swiss-watchmakers of technical excellence, but also of the legendary icon that is Sylvester Stallone, who has been a deeply influential and admired collector for many decades,” Geoff Hess, Sotheby’s head of watches, Americas, said in a statement.

Stallone’s Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime sold for US$5.4 million

On Wednesday, more than 100 attendees filled Sotheby’s saleroom, and once the Grandmaster Chime (Reference 6300G-010) hit the block, a four-minute bidding war ensued among five bidders, according to the auction house. In the end, the watch was sold to a private collector from Asia. ( Stallone paid US$2.2 million for the watch in 2021. )

“To feel the pulse of collectors racing with excitement in pursuit of absolute top-caliber material was tremendous, and an homage to the art of collecting at the highest level,” Hess said.

Considered to be a holy grail among followers of haute horology, the Grandmaster Chime was the result of a project initiated by Philippe Stern in 2007 to create the most intricate wristwatch in the brand’s history. The development, production, and assembly spanned 100,000 hours, according to Sotheby’s.

Stallone’s Grandmaster Chime was the first example of the model to appear at auction, aside from one specifically created for, and sold at, a Christie’s charity auction in November 2019 for CHF 31 million (US$35 million) . It remains the highest price for a watch ever sold at auction.

Hess himself went home with one of Stallone’s watches, as the winner of a five-minute bidding battle for the actor’s olive green Patek Philippe Nautilus. The 2021 stainless steel watch featuring an olive-green dial and diamond-set bezel sold for US$492,000, exceeding its pre-sale estimate of US$400,000.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon

Stallone’s collection, assembled over the course of more than 20 years, also included timepieces from Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Piaget, as well as unique and screen-worn watches from Panerai.

Other highlights included the actor’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon (Reference 26730OR.OO.1320OR.01)—a gorgeous piece created for the 50th anniversary of the Swiss watchmaker’s Royal Oak collection in 2022. It sold for US$228,000, exceeding its pre-sale high estimate of US$200,000; and a Panerai Luminor Submersible (Reference PAM00382) worn by Stallone in the 2012 film The Expendables 2 that sold to an online buyer for US$96,000, blowing past its pre-sale estimate of US$30,000 to US$60,000.

“I enjoy the collecting process like so many others in this passionate community, who don’t just see watches as an accessory, but admire them for their history, craftsmanship, artistry—but most importantly—how they make them feel,” Stallone said in a statement when the sale was announced. “Looking at these watches, I feel truly lucky to have owned them; they serve as a reminder that hard work pays off.”


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These stocks are getting hit for a reason. Instead, focus on stocks that show ‘relative strength.’ Here’s how.

Wed, Jun 12, 2024 4 min

A lot of investors get stock-picking wrong before they even get started: Instead of targeting the top-performing stocks in the market, they focus on the laggards—widely known companies that look as if they are on sale after a period of stock-price weakness.

But these weak performers usually are going down for good reasons, such as for deteriorating sales and earnings, market-share losses or mutual-fund managers who are unwinding positions.

Decades of Investor’s Business Daily research shows these aren’t the stocks that tend to become stock-market leaders. The stocks that reward investors with handsome gains for months or years are more often  already  the strongest price performers, usually because of outstanding earnings and sales growth and increasing fund ownership.

Of course, many investors already chase performance and pour money into winning stocks. So how can a discerning investor find the winning stocks that have more room to run?

Enter “relative strength”—the notion that strength begets more strength. Relative strength measures stocks’ recent performance relative to the overall market. Investing in stocks with high relative strength means going with the winners, rather than picking stocks in hopes of a rebound. Why bet on a last-place team when you can wager on the leader?

One of the easiest ways to identify the strongest price performers is with IBD’s Relative Strength Rating. Ranked on a scale of 1-99, a stock with an RS rating of 99 has outperformed 99% of all stocks based on 12-month price performance.

How to use the metric

To capitalise on relative strength, an investor’s search should be focused on stocks with RS ratings of at least 80.

But beware: While the goal is to buy stocks that are performing better than the overall market, stocks with the highest RS ratings aren’t  always  the best to buy. No doubt, some stocks extend rallies for years. But others will be too far into their price run-up and ready to start a longer-term price decline.

Thus, there is a limit to chasing performance. To avoid this pitfall, investors should focus on stocks that have strong relative strength but have seen a moderate price decline and are just coming out of weeks or months of trading within a limited range. This range will vary by stock, but IBD research shows that most good trading patterns can show declines of up to one-third.

Here, a relative strength line on a chart may be helpful for confirming an RS rating’s buy signal. Offered on some stock-charting tools, including IBD’s, the line is a way to visualise relative strength by comparing a stock’s price performance relative to the movement of the S&P 500 or other benchmark.

When the line is sloping upward, it means the stock is outperforming the benchmark. When it is sloping downward, the stock is lagging behind the benchmark. One reason the RS line is helpful is that the line can rise even when a stock price is falling, meaning its value is falling at a slower pace than the benchmark.

A case study

The value of relative strength could be seen in Google parent Alphabet in January 2020, when its RS rating was 89 before it started a 10-month run when the stock rose 64%. Meta Platforms ’ RS rating was 96 before the Facebook parent hit new highs in March 2023 and ran up 65% in four months. Abercrombie & Fitch , one of 2023’s best-performing stocks, had a 94 rating before it soared 342% in nine months starting in June 2023.

Those stocks weren’t flukes. In a study of the biggest stock-market winners from the early 1950s through 2008, the average RS rating of the best performers before they began their major price runs was 87.

To see relative strength in action, consider Nvidia . The chip stock was an established leader, having shot up 365% from its October 2022 low to its high of $504.48 in late August 2023.

But then it spent the next four months rangebound—giving up some ground, then gaining some back. Through this period, shares held between $392.30 and the August peak, declining no more than 22% from top to bottom.

On Jan. 8, Nvidia broke out of its trading range to new highs. The previous session, Nvidia’s RS rating was 97. And that week, the stock’s relative strength line hit new highs. The catalyst: Investors cheered the company’s update on its latest advancements in artificial intelligence.

Nvidia then rose 16% on Feb. 22 after the company said earnings for the January-ended quarter soared 486% year over year to $5.16 a share. Revenue more than tripled to $22.1 billion. It also significantly raised its earnings and revenue guidance for the quarter that was to end in April. In all, Nvidia climbed 89% from Jan. 5 to its March 7 close.

And the stock has continued to run up, surging past $1,000 a share in late May after the company exceeded that guidance for the April-ended quarter and delivered record revenue of $26 billion and record net profit of $14.88 billion.

Ken Shreve  is a senior markets writer at Investor’s Business Daily. Follow him on X  @IBD_KShreve  for more stock-market analysis and insights, or contact him at .