At about 9:40pm, even the great Aurel Bacs was taking long gulps from his iced glass of Coke and reaching out to his colleague, Dr. Nathalie Monbaron for a much-deserved refill.
Having started off at 1pm in the afternoon and tag teaming with Sam Hines and Jonathan Crockett, 356 lots with 70-odd lots passed and some five-ish lots withdrawn, still makes for a hefty number to get through in half a day and still perform in the way that the Phillips Watches is known to.
Truth be told, perhaps a majority of the crowd really came in during the second session, when the famed Laurent Picciotto’s 43 watches were lined up for the hammer. And again, there seemed to be a bit of an exodus, once all the early Richard Milles in Mr. Picciotto’s collection were well and sold.
As was the case with Christie’s yesterday, today’s crowd, too, was incredibly diverse and from all over the world with interest in vintage and contemporary split right down the middle.
No million dollar figures today — not in US dollars anyway — but plenty of impressive performers worth talking about such as the lot 811, the black PVD-coated barrel-cased, stainless Heuer Carrera and Mr. Picciotto’s RM 001 (lot 1031) that had bidders in a frenzy.
The auction finally ended at just about 10:30pm with champagne all around to celebrate the team’s hard work and officially cap off spring auction season 2017.
With that said, on to tonight’s five top performers: