After Christie’s thematic auction curated around the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe in November 2014, the auction house will be holding this Fall an anniversary sale to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Patek Philippe Nautilus model. Christie’s international watch department will be holding sales in the four major auction venues – Dubai – Geneva – Hong Kong – New York from October to December and in each venue 10 exceptional Nautilus models will be presented as a section entitled Patek Philippe Nautilus 40. The 40 watches will cover the Nautilus production from the first model to the most recent, including many rare and fresh to market superlative examples of this beloved watch design.
The Nautilus Model was launched in 1976, when Patek Philippe was looking for a ‘sports’ watch combining a strong design and an inimitable personality. The design was, and still is based upon the shape of a porthole found on virtually all maritime vessels. The original model was the Ref. 3700/1 made in steel, created 137 years after the founding of Patek Philippe and remains one of the most sought-after timepieces at auction. Christie’s offering of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 40 will present a selection of these exceptional collector items, including examples with rare variant dials and near mint and complete examples.
Today, the Nautilus is still in production and throughout time it has gained style through subtle and carefully calculated changes while preserving its original spirit of a classic, elegant sports watch. At the time of its original launch, the Nautilus had a key role in Patek Philippe’s overall marketing strategy in response to the quartz revolution and the evolving fine watch market of the 1970s.
Christie’s holds the record price for any Nautilus model sold at auction, when ref. 3700/031, made in 1982 sold for CHF845,000 / $909,319, against a pre-sale estimate of CHF200,000-400,000/ $220,000-420,000 on 11 May 2015 in Geneva.
Patek Philippe, the last family owned independent watch maker in Geneva, was founded in 1839. For over 175 years, it has perpetuated the tradition of Genevan watchmaking, producing and assembling what experts agree to be among the most sought after watches in the world.
THE GLOBAL AUCTION DATES
DUBAI – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel – 19 October 2016
GENEVA – The Four Seasons Hotel des Bergs – 14 November 2016
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.
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. Questosarà 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.
Phillips Watches collabora anche conOnly 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.
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.