This auction is dedicated to the Day-Date, Rolex's most prestigious model and one of the world's most famous wristwatches. Phillips has partnered with Pucci Papaleo, one of the world's most eminent scholars in the world of collectible Rolex watches, who will launch a book dedicated exclusively to the Day-Date at the time of the sale. Together with Pucci Papaleo, Phillips inspected hundreds of models across four continents, selecting 60 examples representing the utmost rarity and quality. A highlight is one the rarest and most desirable Day-Dates; a reference 1831.
|Rolex Day Date Reference 1831|
The inaugural various owner evening auction on 10 May will offer approximately 160 watches carefully selected on the basis of their condition, rarity and quality.
The leading highlight is an extremely rare Patek Philippe stainless steel single button chronograph wristwatch with a superbly aged off-white silvered dial, highlighted by a pulsations scale and a sector design (estimate: Sfr. 1,000,000 – 2,000,000).
|Patek Philippe stainless steel single button chronograph|
The auction will also include rare, collectible Rolex models, led by the most renowned of three existing examples of the Rolex Daytona ‘Albino’ (estimate: Sfr. 500,000 - 1,000,000). Since the creation of the Rolex Daytona in 1963, models have always featured subsidiary dials contrasting with a dark color, either white on black or black on white.
|Rolex Daytona ‘Albino’|
These auctions are the first to take place since Phillips announced the creation of its Watch Department dedicated exclusively to the world’s finest collectors watches. The department is based in Geneva and partners exclusively with Bacs & Russo, the firm of Aurel Bacs and Livia Russo.
Highlights of the Geneva auctions will be available for viewing at the following locations:
- 3 - 6 April 2015: Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental
- 10- 14 April 2015: New York, Phillips Park Avenue
- 22- 26 April 2015: London, Phillips Berkeley Square
- 7- 10 May 2015: Geneva, Hôtel La Réserve
As the only international auction house to concentrate exclusively on contemporary culture, Phillips has established a commanding position in the sale of Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions and Jewelry. Through the passionate dedication of its team of global specialists, the company has garnered an unparalleled wealth of knowledge of emerging market trends. Founded in London in 1796, Phillips conducts auctions in New York and London and has representative offices throughout Europe and in the United States.
More details at www.phillipswatches.com