49959 web 1280x960
Vintage & Auctions

Everything You Need to Know for This Weekend's Geneva Auctions

The next few days will be some of the most exciting Geneva has ever seen. Here’s a rundown of what to expect.

By Josh Shanks
Managing Editor US

I attended my first Geneva auction just last year. It was a thrilling time and one that I won’t soon forget. For the 2018 edition of Geneva auction weekend, we are sure to see some thrilling watches change hands.

Over the past months, Watchonista has been busy chronicling our favorite pieces and themes of the upcoming auctions. Here’s a rundown of what we think you should pay attention to over the next few days.

Daytona Ultimatum

Phillips lot 12. Rolex ref. 6239 “The Golden Pagoda”

Sure, there’s a certain “Unicorn” in town that has everyone abuzz, but Phillips upcoming Daytona Ultimatum sale includes 31 other lots that will likely raise some eyebrows. Aurel Bacs knows how to work a room, and hot off the heels of the sale of Paul Newman’s Paul Newman, this auction is sure to set some records. Occurring May 12th at La Reserve in Geneva.

You can read more about the Daytona Ultimatum sale in our Geneva Auction Guide, HERE

Phillips Watch Auction: Seven

Not content with the status quo, Aurel Bac is bringing another edition of Phillips' legendary watch auction. This time featuring pieces from Elvis, Robert Downey Jr, and much much, more. Occurring May 12th and 13th at La Reserve in Geneva.

We’ve covered this auction up and down, but here’s a rundown in case you missed it.

Hands-on and In-Depth with Elvis Presley’s Tiffany Stamped Omega

Iron Man’s Watch is Coming to Auction for a Good Cause

Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Seven, our favorites

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” unique piece in Stainless Steel
 

Elvis’ Tiffany & Co signed Omega wrist watch
The Urwerk UR-110RG

Sotheby’s Important Watches Auction

Under the direction of Daryn Schnipper, Katharine Thomas, and Sam Hines, Sotheby’s has been quietly building a watch auction juggernaut. Many eyes will be on the Mandarin Oriental May 13th as Sotheby’s Important Watches Auction takes place.

You can read more about our picks from Sotheby’s Import Watches Auction HERE.
 

Sotheby’s 1969 Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona with Tropical Dial

Christie’s Rare Watches Auction

Not to be outdone, Christie’s has brought a slew of exciting watches to Geneva for their May 14th auction at Four Seasons des Bergues.

Our Rhonda Riche chose the Patek Philippe ref. 5208P as her favorite of Christie’s upcoming sale.

You can read all about Christie’s Rare Watches Auction, HERE.

Happy bidding!

Christie’s Patek Philippe Grand Complication ref. 5208P

Geneva Watch Auction Summary:

May 12th - Phillips Daytona Ultimatum

May 12th and 13th - Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Seven

May 13th - Sotheby’s Important Watches Auction

May 14th - Christie’s Rare Watches Auction

The Independent Watches We'll Have Our Eyes On At Phillips Geneva Auction NINE

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
In the span of just a few short years, Phillips has risen to become one of the world's most important auction houses. Renowned for their sharp choices in...

The Unicorns, White Whales, And Rare Birds From The Upcoming Geneva Watch Auctions

By Rhonda RicheJournalist
From May 11 to 13, Geneva will turn into a bit of a zoo during Spring Watch Auction season.

Our Favorite Independent Pieces From The Upcoming Geneva Auctions

By Audrey HumbertContributor
Independent watchmakers are attracting more attention than ever. While some are usually not accessible to the mass market, auction houses offer a second...

He Said / She Said: Why Aren’t More Female Collectors Attending Auctions?

By Rhonda RicheJournalist
By Joël A. GrandjeanManaging Editor Switzerland
If you’ve attended a watch auction in person over the last few years, you’ll undoubtedly notice the gender disparity within the ranks of bidders...

Watchonista’s Guide to the Upcoming Geneva Auctions

By Rhonda RicheJournalist
Or as we call it, masterpiece theater, Geneva edition. Here’s a full rundown of the all the action set to take place in May.

Iron Man’s Watch is Coming to Auction for a Good Cause

By Josh ShanksManaging Editor US
The Urwerk UR-110RG worn by Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) is coming to auction May 12-13 at Phillips.

A Personal Take on Elvis Presley’s Tiffany Stamped OMEGA Watch

By Josh ShanksManaging Editor US
Coming to auction this summer at Phillips, Elvis’s personal OMEGA has this fan all shook up. Here’s a long-winded backstory and hands-on with...

A. Lange & Söhne Introduces the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”

By Josh ShanksManaging Editor US
To honor the life and work of their founder Walter Lange, A. Lange & Söhne has released a series of jumping seconds timepieces. Here’s the lowdown...