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Alexandre Ghotbi on Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Alexandre Ghotbi, head of sale, presents five highlights offered in The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE.

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Press Release: 21 October 2019

Following the announcements of The Jack Nicklaus Rolex Day-Date and The Marlon Brando “Apocalypse Now Rolex GMT-Master earlier this year, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is pleased to reveal additional highlights from the GAME CHANGERS auction. The thematic, flagship evening sale taking place on 10 December marks the third New York watch auction for the company, following the groundbreaking WINNING ICONS sale in 2017 and the STYLED thematic auction in 2018. GAME CHANGERS is dedicated to watches owned by extraordinary people who are considered “game changers” in their fields, along with iconic collectors’ models from leading brands that have changed the course of watchmaking and watch collecting. The sale will also include other important timepieces that are outliers in terms of provenance, aesthetics, condition, or rarity.
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Press Release: 15 October 2019

A Selling Exhibition of Over 200 Unworn Vintage Swatch Watches
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Press Release: 14 October 2019

Following an extraordinary spring auction season, marked by the highest result for any watch auction series staged in Asia and the record breaking 100% sold Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS thematic sale, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, the global market leader in collectors’ watches, is delighted to unveil highlights from The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE.
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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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