“Four” sounds too much like the word for “death” in Chinese, so I doubt this auction will incur much action from collectors in Beijing or Hong Kong, but it’s my lucky number, so I’m feeling good about this one: Phillips’ “The Geneva Watch Auction: Four” takes place on 12 and 13 November 2016, and it is over-ripe with mind-boggling treasures. I’m expecting record-breakers galore.
Revolution was afforded a sneak preview at Phillips’ London showroom, and — though Editor Llewellyn and I were clearly overwhelmed — we managed to regain our senses long enough to have Paul Maudsley, International Specialist Director of the London Watches Department, help us choose a few highlights. As this house is now one of the most discriminating, and has quickly wrenched the top position from all of its rivals, nary a pup could be found among the 196 lots.
What follows aren’t necessarily those with the highest estimates nor even the greatest rarity, but they do show the scale of the sale. Naturally, it is rich with Rolexes and Pateks, but this writer left palpitating over a Breguet…
[Note: Due to the current fluidity of the value of the pound sterling, estimates are shown only in Swiss francs, dollars and euros. To calculate roughly what the pound may or may not be worth in three weeks, just add 10 per cent to the euro value and you won’t be far off.]