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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

12 May 2019Geneva

Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

27 May 2019Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

28 May 2019Hong Kong

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Geneva Watch Auction: NINE | Vacheron Constantin

This May, Phillips will present what many consider to be the most important wristwatch ever made by Vacheron Constantin, putting an end to a 27-year-long treasure hunt that began when a photo of the watch appeared in “L’Univers Vacheron Constantin Genève". Phillips reveals for the first time the incredible story behind the making of this piece unique from 1940, and how it was brought back to life almost 80 years later by the original maker.

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Press Release: 24 April 2019

The First Ever Watch Auction Curated by an Asian Collector Featuring a Selection of Exceptional Timepieces Encompassing Vintage and Modern Sports Watches

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Press Release: 23 April 2019

“THE GENEVA WATCH AUCTION: NINE” A double-evening auction to be held on May 11 & 12, 2019 in Geneva

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Press Release: 8 April 2019

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The Watches Department

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is the watch department at Phillips auction house, dedicated exclusively to the world's finest collectors' watches. Launched in November 2014 by Aurel Bacs and his partner, Livia Russo, the department was established in response to the ever-increasing need for today's collectors to easily access scholarship, guidance and quality across the board. The team of specialists at Phillips Watches is dedicated to an uncompromised approach to quality, transparency and client service, and, as a result, in just two years since launching achieved market leadership with sales of over $106 million in 2016.

With multiple world records, including for a wristwatch, Patek Philippe wristwatch, Rolex and Omega at auction, Phillips has become the undisputed worldwide market leader. Below are a selection of recent record-breaking prices.

1. Rolex reference 6239, Paul Newman's "Paul Newman" Rolex Daytona – WINNING ICONS – 26 October 2017 (US $17,752,500). Highest result ever achieved for a wristwatch at auction.

2. Patek Philippe reference 1518 in stainless steel – Geneva Watch Auction FOUR – 12 November 2016 (11,002,000 CHF / US $11,000,000). Highest result ever achieved for a Patek Phillipe wristwatch at auction.

3. Rolex "Bao Dai" reference 6062 (5,066,000 CHF / US $5,060,427) – The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE – 14 May 2017.

4. Rolex "The Legend" reference 6263 (3,722,000 CHF / US $3,857,000) – The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE – 14 May 2017.

5. Patek Philippe reference 2499 (19,720,000 HKD / US $2,538,000) – Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO – 31 May 2016. Highest result ever achieved for any wristwatch sold at auction in Asia.

6.  Omega "Tourbillon 30 I" prototype (1,428,500 CHF) – The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX – 12 November 2017. Highest result ever achieved for an Omega at auction.

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