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Five Ways To Enjoy The Rolex GMT-Master Dual Time

One of the most iconic models that Rolex has ever produced, the GMT-Master today is instantly recognizable due to its bi colored multi-directional bezel, triangle-tipped 24 hour hand and luminous numerals. With its history spanning over sixty years, the model has made special appearances in film, culture and literature. Throughout its lifetime, it has gone through many evolutions. Tiffany To selects a number of special variants - all available in the Geneva Watch Auction: ELEVEN.

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A Guide: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is a watch that was destined to evolve, and changes to its design happened almost instantly and throughout the first few years of its production. Those early watches – made during the original run of the Ref. 25721ST – proved how versatile and marketable “The Beast” could be, and with time and imagination, those incremental changes turned what was once an unpopular watch into an iconic design. Arthur Touchot explains.

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Historic Models Continue To Inspire Watchmakers in 2020

Don’t call it a comeback. Watchmakers have been digging in their archives for years to introduce the latest generation of watch enthusiasts to historical models. Today we take a look at the latest evolution of two beloved chronographs.

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Photo Recap: The Jean-Claude Biver Panel Discussion In London

Jean-Claude Biver delivered lessons in life, business and watch collecting, during an impassioned panel discussion held in London in which he announced the consignment of four extraordinary Patek Philippe watches from his private collection.

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Game Changers: Cory Richards

"The greatest form of technology, the greatest form of expression and design, is having only what you need—nothing more and nothing less—in its most elegant form." For his third attempt at climbing Everest, photographer Cory Richards partnered with Vacheron Constantin to create a watch that could sustain the magnitude of his undertaking. In support of our upcoming Game Changers watch auction in New York, he visited our headquarters to reflect on the impact of his journey.

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Press Release: 26 February 2020

To be Offered at Auction During its Upcoming Sale in May: The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

 

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Press Release: 6 February 2020

An Exceptional Exhibition Illustrating the Visionary’s Life-long Passion for Watches

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Press Release: 9 January 2020

Phillips is pleased to announce the appointment of Rika Dila as Senior Consultant, based in Bangkok. Ms. Dila will work closely with Phillips’ Watches, Jewellery and the 20th Century& Contemporary Art teams in Asia, to grow the company’s network of clients in Thailand, an increasingly important market in the region. 

 
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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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