Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo Geneva Watch Auction: XII & Phillips x Blackbird Retrospective: 2000-2020 – Highlights

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo has announced the highlights of their upcoming watch auctions: The Geneva Watch Auction: XII & Retrospective: 2000 – 2020, a themed auction curated by Phillips x Blackbird. The Geneva Watch Auction: XII has been scheduled at Hôtel La Réserve, Geneva on 6th & 7th November 2020. This double evening sale will be followed by Retrospective: 2000 – 2020, a themed auction curated by Phillips x Blackbird to be held on November 8, 2020.

Earlier we have shared the auction house’s announcement about the top lot of the Geneva Watch Auction: XII – An extraordinary Patek Philippe reference 2523/1 world time in pink gold with guilloché dial. Now, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo reveals additional highlights from the subject auction. For both watch auctions, Phillips offers dynamic selection of watches spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, demonstrating the savoir-faire, technical and design prowess of the watch industry.

Highlights

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII, November 6 & 7

The major highlight of this auction is a group of about 30 timepieces from the private collection of one of the world’s greatest collectors and scholars. Included in this collection are some exceptional Patek Philippe, Omega, Longines and Rolex watches, among others. The star lot of this collection is an incredibly well-preserved and most probably unpolished Rolex Reference 8171 in stainless steel (estimate CHF 300,000-600,000).

Rolex Reference 8171 in stainless steel, Estimate: CHF 300,000-600,000
Rolex Reference 8171 in stainless steel, Estimate: CHF 300,000-600,000

The fresh to market timepieces from Patek Philippe cover a wide range of complications, styles and periods.

Patek Philippe Reference 130 in steel with sector dial (estimate CHF 250,000-450,000)
Patek Philippe Reference 130 in steel with sector dial (estimate CHF 250,000-450,000)

From a superb Reference 130 in steel with sector dial from 1939 originally sold in France and being offered by a French family (estimate CHF 250,000-450,000), to an extremely rare Reference 3974 minute repeater with perpetual calendar in platinum from 2001 with an opaline dial as well as a black dial with Breguet numerals (estimate CHF 700,000-1,4000,000).

Patek Philippe Reference 3974 in platinum, Estimate: CHF 700,000-1,400,000
Patek Philippe Reference 3974 in platinum, Estimate: CHF 700,000-1,400,000

Going back in time to vintage Patek Philippe complications, Phillips is offering a very well preserved Reference 1518 in yellow gold from the 1940s, coming from an important private collection this reference was launched in 1941 and was the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph made in series (estimate CHF 250,000-450,000).

Patek Philippe Reference 1518 in yellow gold: The world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph made in series (estimate CHF 250,000-450,000)
Patek Philippe Reference 1518 in yellow gold: The world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph made in series (estimate CHF 250,000-450,000)

The successor to the reference 1518 was the reference 2499, launched in 1951 it features a larger 37.5mm case and more “sporty” pump pushers.

Phillips is also offering two Patek Philippe Reference 2499’s in the sale. The first: a second series from the collection of one of the greatest collectors and scholars: John Goldberger (estimate CHF 700,000-1,200,000).

Patek Philippe Reference 2499 second series in yellow gold, Estimate: CHF 700,000-1,200,000
Patek Philippe Reference 2499 second series in yellow gold, Estimate: CHF 700,000-1,200,000

The second Reference 2499 timepiece is a model belongs to the third series retailed by famed Swiss retailer Beyer and one of only four known with the Beyer signature. The watch is in an incredible state of preservation and comes with its original box, certificate and even invoice (estimate CHF 400,000-800,000).

Patek Philippe Reference 2499 third series in yellow gold, Retailed by Beyer (Estimate CHF 400,000-800,000)
Patek Philippe Reference 2499 third series in yellow gold, Retailed by Beyer (Estimate CHF 400,000-800,000)

The selection of Rolex models will include specimens rarely seen on the market including an incredibly well-preserved Reference 6200 “Big Crown”, one of Rolex’s first Submariner models. An iconic piece with the sought after 3, 6, 9 “Explorer dial”, this example comes with an incredible chocolate “tropical dial” (estimate CHF 400,000-800,000).

Rolex Reference 6200 “Big Crown” with chocolate “tropical dial” (estimate CHF 400,000-800,000)
Rolex Reference 6200 “Big Crown” with chocolate “tropical dial” (estimate CHF 400,000-800,000)

The desire for gold Daytonas with Paul Newman dials is as strong as ever and Phillips has the pleasure of offering a very well-preserved Reference 6241 “John Player Special” in 14k yellow gold (estimate CHF 600,000-1,200,000).

Rolex Reference 6241 “John Player Special” in yellow gold, Estimate: CHF 600,000-1,200,000
Rolex Reference 6241 “John Player Special” in yellow gold, Estimate: CHF 600,000-1,200,000

Some of the finest vintage and modern watches available anywhere in the world in terms of quality and condition will also be offered, including elegant dress, sports, and complicated watches by prestigious collectors’ brands such as Patek Philippe and Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Omega, IWC, Longines and Breguet, to name only a few.

Retrospective: 2000 – 2020, November 8

The Retrospective: 2000-2020 showcases the first twenty years of this millennium and presents some of the most relevant and important watches made in the past two decades.

As usual, Patek Philippe timepieces top the lists. To be offered for the first time at auction is a possibly unique Pink gold Reference 5531 world time minute repeater with cloisonné enamel dial representing the Geneva lake, with a gold bracelet (estimate CHF 500,000-1,000,000).

Patek Philippe Reference 5531 in rose gold, Estimate: CHF 500,000-1,000,000
Patek Philippe Reference 5531 in rose gold, Estimate: CHF 500,000-1,000,000

Further highlights include a superb Reference 5207 perpetual calendar, minute repeater tourbillon in platinum (estimate CHF 350,000-700,000), and appearing on the market for the first time an incredibly rare reference 5959 split seconds chronograph in pink gold with black dial (estimate CHF 180,000-360,000).

Patek Philippe Reference 5207 perpetual calendar, minute repeater tourbillon in platinum (estimate CHF 350,000-700,000)
Patek Philippe Reference 5207 perpetual calendar, minute repeater tourbillon in platinum (estimate CHF 350,000-700,000)
Patek Philippe Reference 5959 split seconds chronograph in pink gold with black dial (Estimate CHF 180,000-360,000)
Patek Philippe Reference 5959 split seconds chronograph in pink gold with black dial (Estimate CHF 180,000-360,000)

The six François-Paul Journe timepieces presented in this sale will include his incredible Grande et Petite Sonnerie in steel (estimate CHF 300,000 – 600,000), a Tourbillon Souverain “Black Label” that was available only to existing owners of F.P. Journe watches (estimate CHF 80,000-160,000), and his signature Resonance in 38mm platinum case with brass movement (estimate CF 50,000-100,000).

F.P. Journe Grande et Petite Sonnerie in stainless steel, Estimate: CHF 300,000-600,000
F.P. Journe Grande et Petite Sonnerie in stainless steel, Estimate: CHF 300,000-600,000

Zenith has once again trusted Phillips with the sale of a one-off creation, the Lupin The Third chronograph, directly reproducing the dial of a Zenith worn in the celebrated Japanese manga. Proceeds from the sale will benefit to the charity Zoé4Life, a registered non-profit organisation, recognised as a public service utility whose mission is to support research, provide financial support to families in need, support kids during their treatments and raise awareness about childhood cancer.

Zenith Lupin The Third chronograph
Zenith Lupin The Third chronograph

Retrospective: 2000 – 2020 will offer timepieces from some of the newer brands who were created in the 21st century and have since gained a cult following. Highlights include Richard Mille and the impressive RM038 “Bubba Watson” tourbillon in a magnesium case (estimate CHF 180,000-360,000), and a unique Kari Voutilainen dual time decimal minute repeater (estimate CHF 135,000-225,000).

Additional important watches to be offered from prestigious brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, MB&F, Greubel Forsey, Urwerk, De Bethune, Laurent Ferrier or Cartier, to name a few.

Auction Viewing

  • Hong Kong: 3-9 October, Location: 14/F St. George’s Building, 2 Ice House Street, Central Hong Kong
  • Taipei: 13-15 October, Location: 12F., Unit B No.89, Songren Road, Xinyi District Taipei City 110
  • London: 5-8 October, Location: Phillips’ HQ, 30 Berkeley Square, London Geneva
  • Geneva: 4-8 November, Location: Hôtel La Réserve, Bellevue, Geneva