Phillips will be hosting the third New York special, themed auction on December 10. This auction will feature timepieces worn by “extraordinary people who are considered game changers in their fields.” Put on in association with Bacs & Russo, the auction will also feature “other important timepieces that are outliers in terms of provenance, aesthetics, condition and rarity.”
The lineup for the auction is a veritable who’s who for famous watches. Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master, which he wore in Apocalypse Now, is just one of the timepieces attracting attention. The sale will also include Jack Nicklaus’s Rolex Day-Date. Also on the block are two vintage Patek Philippe perpetual calendar wristwatches which are being offered for the first time publicly: a reference 1518 in 18k pink gold with a pink dial and a reference 2499 in 18k yellow gold. Perhaps just as exciting is the inclusion of a Urwerk AMX that is comprised of an atomic clock with a paired titanium wristwatch.
In addition to Patek Philippe watches, bidders will find watches from Rolex, A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Omega, TAG Heuer, Jaeger LeCoultre, and Breitling. Independent brands Urwerk, Philippe Dufour, F.P. Journe, and Richard Mille will also be represented.
“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,” stated Paul Boutros, Phillips’ Head of Watches, Americas. Boutros went on to say, “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 Constatin Overseas that will support the National Geographic Society, and an Urwerk UR-105 CT worn by Robert Downey Junior’s Iron Man character in the blockbuster 2019 film Avengers: Endgame, being sold to benefit Random Act Funding.”
Leading up to the sale, the watches have been a part of a world tour that started in London before moving on to Singapore, Geneva, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and New York.