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Phillips Announces Inaugural New York Auction

By Olivia Cuccaro

Prepare to raise your paddles, stateside watch collectors. Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo has set a date for its first New York auction, Winning Icons, confirmed to offer 50 rare and iconic watches of the 20th century.

Following earlier sales in Geneva and Hong Kong, the New York auction will serve as the inaugural watch event for Phillips in the city. On the evening of October 26, the auction will showcase incredible watches of the previous century from leading manufacturers such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier and Vacheron Constantin. The Winning Icons auction will feature timepieces made before the turn of the century, with the lost Rolex Daytona owned and worn by celebrated American actor and racing enthusiast Paul Newman as the top lot on offer, sure to spark an intense bidding war.

The auction will take place at Phillips’ New York, 450 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022 at 6pm on October 26, 2017. For more information, please visit phillips.com.

If you won’t be in New York for the auction, highlights from the Winning Icons sale will be exhibited in Taipei from September 24-28, Hong Kong from September 30 – October 2, London from October 4-7, Seattle on October 10 and Los Angeles from October 12-14, 2017.

See below for a preview of the exceptional watches up for auction by Phillips in New York.

Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona, Ref. 6239

In 1969, Paul Newman played a racecar driver in the film Winning which inspired a lifetime passion for racing and for the watches that could keep up. This Rolex was gifted to Paul by his wife Joanne with the inscription “Drive Carefully Me” on the caseback and launched the prestigious Paul Newman Daytona versions coveted today. The watch debuted the chronograph with tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel for Rolex, and is heralded for its red “Daytona” designation at 6 o’clock, red outer tracks and subsidiary dials with unique Art Deco font and squares. Estimated $1m.

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 1518

As the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph produced in series, only 281 examples were made of this timepiece. The majority were crafted in yellow gold, making this 18K pink gold watch (circa 1951) rare. Estimated $600,000-$1,200,000.

Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar, Ref. 5516

Historically significant, this 18K yellow gold watch represents the first perpetual calendar wristwatch to display a leap year indication. The 1957 manufacture is one of just nine examples ever made by Audemars Piguet and also displays moonphase. Estimated $300,000-$600,000.

Vacheron Constantin Cioccolatone, Ref. 4764

Circa 1958, this Cioccolatone is the earliest of three to exist in pink gold. The oversized triple calendar moonphase watch includes a case with its original factory finishing throughout. Estimated $200,000 -$400,000.

Cartier Grand Tank Cintrée

First introduced Introduced in 1921, the nine-ligne Grand Tank Cintrée model was the largest variation of Cartier’s Tank line at the time of release. This oversized, curved rectangular model in platinum (circa 1927) is fitted with the original seven-link bracelet. Estimated $250,000-$500,000.

For more luxury timepieces, check out the Elite Traveler list of Top 50 Watches here.