Phillips, Leading Watch Auction House Announces The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection: Exceptional Heuer Chronographs From The Jack Heuer Era

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2447 Yachting no1

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, is proud to announce its first themed sale dedicated to Heuer, with The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection.

An important, thematic auction taking place in Geneva on November 11, 2017 comprising 49 of the finest vintage Heuer Timepieces, including an Exceptional and complete example of a first execution reference 2446 Autavia along with the sale of a commemorative Tag Heuer  specially made by the renowned swiss watch manufacturer for this event.

Landmark Auction

This landmark thematic auction, to take place in Geneva in November 2017, will offer 49 of the finest and best-preserved collectible Heuer chronographs produced between 1962 and 1982 – known to the community as the ‘Jack Heuer Era’.

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2446 Mk1 Steel no1

Respected Authorities Gather

Phillips presents this world-class collection, gathered by the renowned collectors, authors, and respected authorities on vintage Heuer: Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin. Well known throughout the Heuer collecting community for their unsurpassed knowledge and eye for detail, their collection comprises some of the rarest and most important collectible Heuer models in existence.

Books On Vintage Heuer

Based in the UK, Crosthwaite and Gavin have been friends for over a decade. Their love and passion for vintage Heuer has culminated in two books widely considered as the references for Heuer’s iconic Autavia and Monaco models: the first, “Heuer Monaco, Design Classic” and the second, “Heuer Autavia Chronographs 1962-85”. A third book dedicated to the Carrera model will be published by the duo in the spring of 2017.

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1133B MONACO no lume dial

Illustrating the importance of the collection to be offered, many of the watches featured in these books will be offered during this thematic sale.

Heuer Since 1860, a Chronograph Specialist

Since its founding in 1860, Heuer was a specialist in the manufacture of chronographs. Robustly designed, purpose-built, and superbly styled, vintage Heuer timepieces appeal to both seasoned watch enthusiasts and ardent sports car aficionados. With the rise in published scholarship thanks to books such as those from Crosthwaite and Gavin, the greatness of the brand has been further uncovered in recent years. Accordingly, the Heuer collector community is larger and stronger than ever, with multiple, recent world record results for the brand’s watches achieved in sales such as the May 2016 thematic “START STOP RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs” sale held by Phillips.

About the 49-Piece Collection

The 49-piece collection comprises the iconic Autavia, Carrera, and Monaco models, including a complete, Ref: 1133B ‘Steve McQueen’ Monaco so called “no lume dial”; and a complete, new old stock example of one of the most coveted of all Monaco models, the ‘Dark Lord’ reference 74033N made in 1975.

Paul Maudsley, International Specialist-Director comments, “It is truly an honour to be entrusted with this stunning collection of Heuer chronographs from such an evocative era of the brand’s history. Having known both collectors for many years and witnessed their attention and eye for detail in sourcing only the finest and rarest examples of legendary Heuers, this special auction will be a fitting tribute to their passion and dedication for collecting, whilst also bringing joy to the many new custodians of their special watches.”

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1163 Siffert Mk1 Cmatic no1

Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant states, “It is my absolute pleasure to offer what is, without any doubt, the finest collection of vintage Heuer watches to come to the market in recent years. Comprised of some of the rarest and best preserved examples of Heuer’s iconic models, Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin’s superb taste, collecting discipline, and masterful curation are reflected brilliantly in the collection we are thrilled to present this fall.”

Limited Edition Autavia Model Number 1 of 1932

Finally, the very first example of a commemorative, limited edition Autavia model, number 1 of 1932, crafted by Swiss watch manufacturer TAG Heuer, will be presented at the 11 November auction. This special watch not only commemorates the 55th anniversary of the Autavia’s launch, but also celebrates the 85th birthday of Jack Heuer, the honorary Chairman of TAG Heuer, and the great-grandson of the brand’s founder, Edouard Heuer. The proceeds of the sale of this exclusive timepiece will be donated to the SAVE THE CHILDREN charity.

Other highlights include:

A stunning and extremely rare “first execution” Autavia, reference 2446 chronograph made in 1962 with original guarantee and swing tag. CHF 75’000-100’000

A highly coveted Autavia, reference 1163T ‘Siffert Chronomatic’ made in 1969 in exceptional condition with original box and with original caseback sticker in place. CHF 50’000-80’000

An exceptionally rare Autavia reference 2446 “first execution” ‘Seafarer’ from 1963, retailed by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. – one of only three known examples. CHF 25’000-35’000

A highly attractive and extremely rare Carrera reference 2447S ‘Yachting’ with unique, copper effect “tropical” dial. CHF 12’000-18’000

For more information visit www.phillipswatches.com

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