START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs – Geneva 14 May 2016

PHILLIPS in association with Bacs & Russo

START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Hôtel La Réserve, 301 Route de Lausanne, Geneva

14 May 2016

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Stopping Time by Aurel Bacs and Sam Hines

Over the centuries, the world’s most ingenious watchmakers and engineers have graced us
with dazzling and bewildering complications. May these complications enhance precision such as tourbillons, offer an acoustic delight such as minute repeaters or squeeze the cosmos into rotating pinions and gears such as perpetual calendars and moon phases, few are at the same time speaking to the hidden adventurer within us, action loaded and visible as the chronograph.

From the Greek “chronos” meaning time and “graph” meaning to write, the chronograph measures and records time intervals stated in seconds (and sometimes even less), minutes and/or hours.

However, the chronograph also embodies one of mankind’s greatest – yet unattainable dreams – that to control and stop time. However, what it does allow is to freeze a moment, preserve it for posterity and to look back with consideration.

It is of no surprise that doctors, scientists, sportsmen and members of the armed forces have relied on their trusty chronographs in the course of their daily lives, their successes (and sometimes failures) recorded by their timepiece. Where life does not offer the possibility to stop time it does sometimes offer a second chance and as with chronographs to reset and start again. A second opportunity to overcome a failure, to repeat a success and sometimes, to break a new record. Thus the name of this thematic auction: START-STOP-RESET.

Rome, January 2016. During a dinner with Pucci Papaleo we started discussing a thematic sale focussing on tool watches, those most likely to have been used in action loaded, rough and exciting environments and by dessert the theme of stainless steel chronograph wristwatches, the date of the auction, the scope and responsibilities were decided upon! Curating this sale was a fascinating journey for the specialists at Phillips Watches. A true team effort shared with our friend Pucci Papaleo whom, after the Glamorous Day-Date auction, needs no further introduction.

The team includes Andrea Foffi who kindly shared his encyclopaedic knowledge and prepared many of the watches for photography, Fabio Santinelli, whom many consider the world’s most talented photographer of watches, supported by Gino La Bella for image management, Paolo Gobbi, an extremely talented contributing writer and finally Naomi Ornstein as general coordinator… and believe me, the need for a coordinator was vital!

Choosing is renouncing and we had to regretfully refuse highly interesting pieces that either did not meet our extremely stringent quality criteria or duplicated another consigned piece. We wanted to offer you the broadest variety in terms of brands, styles and period and each model needed to tell a captivating story. The result being a catalogue reuniting over 80 classic, legendary, rare and attractive examples from the world’s most prominent chronograph makers.

Being chronographs aside, all the timepieces shown in this catalogue have in common that they are not only technically and visually stimulating but are historically relevant, having survived in amazing original condition, decades after they left the workshops and happily accompanied their wearers, may they have been sportsmen, doctors or members of the armed forces.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this journey through 20th century watchmaking and that we will be able to welcome you personally to one of our preview exhibitions or in Geneva for the auction and maybe one of the chronographs in this auction will enable you to start, stop and reset your own story.

Phillips: The Geneva Watch Auction One Catalogue

The Geneva Watch Auction ONE Catalog - pdf
The Geneva Watch Auction ONE Catalog – pdf

Il nuovo dipartimento orologi di Phillips è dedicato esclusivamente ad orologi rari e da collezione. Attualmente ha sede a Ginevra e New York. Gli orologi rappresentano un nuovo dipartimento per Phillips, creato dalla partnership con Aurel Bacs e Livia Russo in risposta alla sempre crescente necessità per i collezionisti di tutto il mondo di poter contare su grandi competenze e qualità del servizio.x580x9999__img

Phillips Watches lancerà il suo nuovo calendario internazionale con due aste serali inaugurali che si terranno a Ginevra il prossimo maggio. La prima delle due aste sarà dedicata ad uno degli orologi da polso più famosi del mondo: il Rolex Day-Date, noto anche come President’s Watch. Saranno messi all’asta 60 esemplari selezionati in quattro continenti con la collaborazione di Pucci Papaleo, uno dei massimi esperti e collezionisti Rolex che in questa speciale occasione presenterà la sua nuova monografia dedicata esclusivamente al Day-Date.

Dopo la Day-Date Sale, sarà la volta della The Geneva Watch Auction. Questo sarà un evento di alto profilo, dedicato a collezionisti esigenti che vedrà protagonisti circa 160 orologi di varie marche di rara qualità e condizione che attraversano due secoli di orologeria. Le aste si terranno a Ginevra Sabato 9 maggio dalle 19:00 e Domenica 10 maggio sempre dalle 19:00.

Di seguito alcuni dei lotti del catalogo The Geneva Watch Auction:ONE.

Patek & Philippe, Ref. 130 An extremely rare and important stainless steel single button chronograph with vertical registers, sector dial and pulsations scale, manufactured in 1927 and sold in 1937  Estimate: Sfr 1,000,000 - 2,000,000

Patek Philippe, Ref. 130
An extremely rare and important stainless steel single button chronograph with vertical registers, sector dial and pulsations scale, manufactured in 1927 and sold in 1937 Estimate: Sfr 1,000,000 – 2,000,000
Formerly in the Personal Collection of Sir Eric Clapton Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Albino” Stainless steel, ref. 6263, manufactured in 1971 Estimate Sfr. 500,000 to 1,000,000
Formerly in the Personal Collection of Sir Eric Clapton
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Albino”
Stainless steel, ref. 6263, manufactured in 1971 Estimate Sfr. 500,000 to 1,000,000
Lot 84 - LONGINES, 18k yellow gold, 1935, 40mm. Diameter Calibre: Manual, 15''' Case, dial and movement signed - Estimate CHF15,000 - 25,000
Lot 84 – LONGINES, 18k yellow gold, 1935, 40mm. Diameter
Calibre: Manual, 15”’
Case, dial and movement signed – Estimate CHF15,000 – 25,000
Lot 137 - LONGINES NO-MAG, 21391, Stainless steel, 1942, 35mm. Diameter Calibre: Manual, 13ZN Case, dial and movement signed - Estimate CHF15,000 - 25,000
Lot 137 – LONGINES NO-MAG, 21391, Stainless steel, 1942, 35mm. Diameter Calibre: Manual, 13ZN Case, dial and movement signed – Estimate CHF15,000 – 25,000
Lot 164 - PATEK PHILIPPE Calatrava, 570, 18k pink gold, 1943, 35.5mm. Diameter Calibre: Manual, 12'''120 Case, dial and movement signed - Estimate CHF150,000 - 250,000
Lot 164 – PATEK PHILIPPE Calatrava, 570, 18k pink gold, 1943, 35.5mm. Diameter
Calibre: Manual, 12”’120
Case, dial and movement signed – Estimate CHF150,000 – 250,000
Lot 199 - IWC, 18k yellow gold, 1950 34mm. Diameter Calibre: Automatic, 85 Movement, dial, case signed - Estimate CHF15,000 - 25,000
Lot 199 – IWC, 18k yellow gold, 1950 34mm. Diameter
Calibre: Automatic, 85
Movement, dial, case signed – Estimate CHF15,000 – 25,000

Phillips Watches collabora anche con Only Watch, un asta di beneficenza biennale per pezzi unici venduti a beneficio della ricerca sulla distrofia muscolare di Duchenne (la più frequente e la meglio conosciuta tra le distrofie muscolari dell’infanzia), che si terrà a Ginevra nel novembre 2015.

Nelle stagioni successive, il dipartimento orologi di Phillips espanderà il suo calendario in tutto il mondo, organizzando le aste presso la sede principale a Londra, New York e presto a Hong Kong. Il neonato dipartimento di orologi garantisce i più alti standard di intermediazione fornendo un supporto di elevata qualità ai collezionisti di tutto il mondo nella ricerca e valutazione di pezzi unici o di intere collezioni.

info on Phillips Watches

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

www.oredelmondo.com – info@oredelmondo.com


Phillips Watches department is dedicated exclusively to rare and exceptional collectors’ watches. Currently based in Geneva and New York, watches is a new collecting category at Phillips and was formed as a unique partnership with Aurel Bacs and Livia Russo in response to the ever-increasing need for collectors around the world to access scholarship, guidance, and quality. 

Phillips will launch its international Watches auction calendar with two inaugural evening sales taking place in Geneva in May 2015. The first of the two auctions will be dedicated to one of the world’s most famous wristwatches: the Rolex Day-Date, also known as the President’s Watch. Following the Day-Date Sale, “The Geneva Watch Auction: One” will be a high profile, various owners evening sale dedicated to the finest collectors’ pieces from various brands, spanning two centuries of watchmaking of unique quality, rarity and condition. The inaugural watch auctions will take place in Geneva on Saturday, 9 May at 7pm and Sunday, 10 May at 7pm.

Phillips Watches is also pleased to be working in collaboration with Only Watch, a biennial charity auction of unique timepieces sold for the benefit of research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, hosting Only Watch’s 6th charity auction in Geneva in November 2015.

In the following seasons, the department will expand its sales calendar around the world, organizing sales at our flagship premises in London, New York, and soon in Hong Kong. Our department is pleased to offer a brokerage specializing in the highest levels of private sales to assist collectors around the globe outside of the auction season or when seeking valuations of unique pieces or collections.

info on Phillips Watches

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

www.oredelmondo.com – info@oredelmondo.com