Phillips announces line up for December Game Changers auction in New York


Phillips has announced additional highlights set to feature at its upcoming Game Changers auction in New York this December.

The flagship evening sale, hosted in association with Bacs & Russo, marks the third thematic New York watch auction for the company, following the Winning Icons sale in 2017 and the Styled thematic auction in 2018.

The Game Changers sale is dedicated to watches owned by a host of figures from various fields who have one thing in common – that they were considered a game changers in their respective arenas.


Also featured are iconic collectors’ models from leading brands that have changed the course of watchmaking and watch collecting and other important timepieces that are outliers in terms of provenance, aesthetics, condition, or rarity.

Two watches -The Jack Nicklaus Rolex Day-Date and The Marlon Brando “Apocalypse Now Rolex GMT-Master – had already been confirmed for the sale earlier in the year.

And now a wide range of other timepieces have been announced.

The auction will be led by two vintage Patek Philippe perpetual calendar wristwatches being offered for the first time publicly — a legendary reference 1518 in 18k pink gold with a pink dial and a possibly unique reference 2499 in 18k yellow gold.

Another exceptional highlight is one of the most important timepieces ever made — a unique Urwerk AMC comprised of an atomic clock and paired titanium wristwatch.

Some of the finest watches available anywhere in the world in terms of quality and condition will also be offered, including elegant dress, sports, and complicated watches by prestigious collectors’ brands such as Patek Philippe and Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Omega, TAG Heuer, Jaeger LeCoultre, and Breitling, along with leading independent brands such as Urwerk, Philippe Dufour, F.P. Journe, and Richard Mille.

Leading up to the auction, highlights from the sale will embark on a world tour in London (25–28 October), Singapore (2-3 November), Geneva (7–10 November), Los Angeles (15-16  November), Hong Kong (22–26 November), San Francisco (18 November), and New York (5-10 December).

Paul Boutros, Phillips’ Head of Watches, Americas, said, “GAME CHANGERS is one of the strongest sales that our team has had the privilege of assembling, with a remarkable number of ground-breaking watches making their auction debut for the first time.

“This sale marks the first time that Phillips will offer an atomic clock and we are thrilled to present this fascinating technological masterpiece by Urwerk to the public.

“We are also honored to have the opportunity to offer several lots whose proceeds will benefit important charities across the world, including the Rolex watches owned by Jack Nicklaus and Marlon Brando, a unique TAG Heuer Monaco Piece d’Art that will benefit the United Way of New York City, a unique Vacheron Constantin Overseas that will support the National Geographic Society, and an Urwerk UR-105 CT worn by Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man character in the blockbuster 2019 film Avengers: Endgame, being sold to benefit Random Act Funding.

“We look forward to kicking off our world tour this month in London and welcoming the public to view these exceptional timepieces.”

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