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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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    29 October 2020

    Paul Newman’s Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona - The Ultimate “Big Red” Daytona - Consigned by His Daughter, Clea Newman Soderlund, To be Offered During RACING PULSE, the Annual Flagship New York Watch Auction, on 12 December

    Academy Award©-Winning Actor’s Reference 6263 Gifted to Him by Joanne Woodward and engraved “Drive slowly Joanne”

     
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    29 October 2020

    Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo to Offer One of the World’s Most Important Heuer Wristwatches – Heuer Monaco Worn by Steve McQueen for the 1971 film, Le Mans, Gifted to his Personal Mechanic, Haig Alltounian

    Last of Two Known Examples of the Heuer Monaco Gifted by McQueen To be Sold in RACING PULSE, the Flagship New York Watch Auction, on 12 December

     
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    23 October 2020

    Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Announces Highlights from The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

    Taking place on 29 November at JW Marriott in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI is comprised of over 250 lots, presenting a strong selection of vintage and modern timepieces from both heritage power houses and independent watchmakers, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet and Panerai.

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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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