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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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    25 September 2020

    Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Announces A Mythical Patek Philippe Reference 2523/1 in Rose Gold

    To be Offered at Auction During its Upcoming Sale: The Geneva Watch Auction: XII - November 6 & 7, 2020

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    24 August 2020

    Phillips Presents INTERSECT

    A Cross-Category Online Sale of Contemporary Art, Watches and Jewellery to Kick Off the Fall Season. Open for bidding from 2-14 September. 

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    27 July 2020

    Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Announces Phillips & Blackbird: RETROSPECTIVE

    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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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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