Earlier in July, Phillips Watches set tongues wagging with the announcement that their Geneva Watch Auction: Four would be headlined by a stainless steel Patek Philippe ref. 1518, perpetual calendar chronograph.
What is amazing about that, is that to begin with, there exists only four examples of the 1518 in steel. And the particular example that Phillips Watches has in hand for the November sale has never appeared in an auction previously.
It’s been just about two months since and, of course, with a headliner like that expectations for assembled lots for Phillips Watches’ Geneva sales have gone through the roof. However, with today’s announcement of 12 additional key pieces earmarked for the sale, it looks like Aurel Bacs and his team have leapt miles past any expectations with rarity upon rarity.