Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo announces its inaugural New York auction. A thematic evening sale taking place on 26 October, the sale will offer 50 exceptionally rare and iconic collectors’ watches of the 20th century, including elegant dress, sports, and complicated watches by Patek Philippe, Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, Omega, and Vacheron Constantin, and also leading independent brands such as Philippe Dufour – all made before the turn of the century.
Phillips worked once again with Pucci Papaleo and his team to create a stunning catalog for this landmark auction with photography by Fabio Santinelli – the world’s leading photographer of watches.
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Reference: 2499. Estimate: $350,000 – 700,000 © Phillips
Highlights from the Winning Icons sale will be on exhibition in Taipei (24–28 September), Hong Kong (30 September to 2 October), London (4–7 October), Seattle (10 October), Los Angeles (12-14 October), and New York (20-26 October).
On view will be the top lot – the legendary Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona owned and worn by Paul Newman (picture above). The worldwide tour will also feature highlights from the 11 November thematic sale “The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection” devoted to Heuer watches, the 12 November Geneva Watch Auction: SIX sale, and the 28 November Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE sale.
It was 1983 or 1984 when I bought my first actual opinion; the Cartier Watches Repair Replica Santos. This was obviously the square eye in steel with yellow gold lunette and steel bracelet with yellow gold screws. It was hot like hell and became the most edited opinion. It was also that watch that made me curious in the history of the brand, because the dealer explained that the layout was inspired from the first men’s wristwatch, started by Cartier at 1904. So you can imagine that it didn’t take long before I became obsessed with watches in general, especially with Cartier.At that moment watch forums were just becoming popular, see magazines were still rare and watch sites like Fratello and Hodinkee did not exist yet. Everybody brought a few pieces from their collection and also loads of beer and wine, we chatted about the various versions before late in the day. But always the same brands got all the attention for me it was quite frustrating that one just paid attention to my Cartier watches, to be polite. The term ETA was always mentioned as if these were inferior movements and too frequently I heard quotes such as; ‘my spouse would love them’
“New York represents our third selling location following Geneva and Hong Kong since the start of our department in November 2014”, said Paul Boutros, Head of Watches, Americas, and Senior Vice President. “We are delighted to open this important market with a thematic auction dedicated to iconic wristwatches of the 20th century. The inspiration for this sale came from one of the world’s most legendary watches – the singular, one and only Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona owned and worn by the Hollywood legend himself. Auctioned for the first time ever in the country where Paul Newman was born, raised, and worked; it’s truly an American story of one of the most famous American actors of all time.”
“We are proud to launch our watch auctions in New York with this groundbreaking thematic sale”, added Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant. “After observing particularly strong demand from American clients over the past several years for vintage and modern collectors’ watches, we collaborated with Pucci Papaleo and his team of world-class professionals to create an exciting evening sale in one of the world’s most important markets for watches. Led by the watch so many of us have dreamed of one day finding – Paul Newman’s own Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona, the selection of 50 iconic watches offered will delight both novice and experienced collectors alike. It’s a true honor to auction this historic timepiece.”
The auction will take place at Phillips’ New York saleroom, 450 Park Avenue, New York, Thursday, 26 October, beginning at 6PM.