The Vintage Rolex Asylum: Pulling Back the Curtain

For some, attending a collector gathering can become a genuine highlight of the year. Our International Specialist Geoff Hess interviews two of the founding members of the VRA, a group of collectors based in Asia, who regularly attract collectors from all over the world to celebrate a common passion for vintage Rolex.

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A Look in the Mirror: Admiring the Rolex Gilt / Gloss Dial

Our New-York based International Specialist Geoff Hess examines an important category of dials that brings our three reference groups together: the unquestionably iconic “gilt/gloss” dials produced by Rolex from the mid-1950s until approximately 1967.

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Coldplay Bassist And Watch Collector Guy Berryman On What Makes Him Tick

Guy Berryman is a multi-Grammy award winning artist, part of the now institutional and iconic band Coldplay, a prolific photographer and car collector, but also a keen admirer of watches. International Specialist and Director James Marks recently met with Guy to explore his admiration for all things horology at the home of The Road Rat, an innovative new car magazine introduced by Berryman. Sharing a passion for both high octane and watches, the conversation centred on vintage watches, and a walk around one of the finest car collections in the UK produced some fascinating insights.

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A Quick Guide To Modern Patek Philippe World Timers

The upcoming Hong Kong Watch Auction: X is lucky to have all the references of Patek Philippe world time wristwatches which have been launched since 2000; which allows us to create a brief guide to modern Patek Philippe world time watches in chronological order.

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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: 27 July 2020

Following on from the success of the ground-breaking auction, Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Blackbird, Phillips & Blackbird: RETROSPECTIVE, featuring significant watches from the first twenty years of the 21st century.
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Press Release: 10 July 2020

Unprecedented Participation for a Hong Kong Live Watch Auction with a Record Number of 1,200 Online Bidders, Doubling that of Spring 2019

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Press Release: 29 June 2020

The White Glove Sale (100% of lots sold) was the First Live Watch Auction of 2020 with in Room Bidding and a Record Number of 2,000 Online Bidders

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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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