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Taking A Final Look: Le Concours de Complexité Highlights (Video)

Taking place on and Phillips App from 13-20 January 2023, the online sale comprising 11 F.P. Journe watches offers an exciting opportunity for the international collecting community to acquire exceptional models from this highly respected brand.

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    30 January 2023

    Phillips Watches Achieves Most Successful Year in Auction History for the Second Consecutive Year

    In 2022, we achieved a new milestone and set the benchmark yet again for watch auctions across the globe, with an annual total of over US$227 million, marking the highest annual result reached by any auction house’s Watch department, up nearly 10% compared to the previous year.

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    15 December 2022

    Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Presents Le Concours de Complexité: Single Owner Online Auction

    Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is pleased to announce Le Concours de Complexité: Single Owner Online Auction, offering a selection of  innovative and rare timepieces by the famed independent watchmaker F.P. Journe from an important private collector.
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    11 December 2022

    The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN Realizes $21.1 Million, Concluding a Two-Year Streak of 100%-Sold Sales, A First for Any Auction House in History,   Continuing Phillips’ Market Leadership Once Again in the Americas

    TimeForArt Realizes $1.2 Million, with Watches by Urwerk, Romain Gauthier, and Laurent Ferrier Sold to Raise Funds for Swiss Institute


    World Record Prices Achieved for F.P.Journe, Grand Seiko,

    George Daniels, Patek Philippe, and Urwerk

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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. With multiple world records, including for a Rolex wristwatch, vintage Patek Philippe wristwatch, and Omega wristwatch at auction, Phillips has become the undisputed worldwide market leader, and in 2019, the auction house opened Phillips PERPETUAL, a private treaty program with physical and digital storefronts that offers a highly curated selection of watches sold at fixed prices. In its first year PERPETUAL has achieved more than £5M in sales. 

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

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

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

4. Patek Philippe ref. 2523 in pink gold (3,722,000 CHF) – The Geneva Watch Auction: XII – Nov 6-7 2020. Highest result ever achieved for a watch sold to an online bidder

5. 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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