The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona offered by Ayrton Senna to Angelo Parrilla
Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo announces further highlights from The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE. The sale presents 220 collectors’ watches of the highest quality, including some of the most captivating and historically important collectors’ watches presented at auction in recent years. Taking place on the weekend of 11 & 12 May at Hôtel La Réserve, the variety of timepieces have all been produced by the most renowned watch manufacturers or independent makers of the 20th and 21st century.
A leading highlight is the rare and historically significant chronograph wristwatch reference 16528 (case back stamped 16500) in yellow gold, having been offered by Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna to Angelo Parrilla (estimate: CHF 100’000 to 200’000). The early floating dial Daytona reference 16528 is a tribute to the man who helped shape Senna’s career from the start, as attested by the message engraved on the caseback: “A Angelo da Ayrton 1978”. Its recipient was Angelo Parrilla, a legend in Karting and the founder of DAP who “discovered” and brought Senna to Italy by establishing a relationship with the then 18-year-old that went far beyond the sporting association.
In addition to the two major highlights announced previously – the Vacheron Constantin “Don Pancho” (read more about here) and the George Daniels Grand Complication (read more about here) – the auction will include an exceptional selection of modern and vintage Patek Philippe references. A true highlight is the exquisite Patek Philippe jewellery timepiece reference 4321-2 circa 1975, from the collection of renowned multi-award winning French actress Catherine Deneuve.
Two high-end Patek Philippe highlights in platinum are included in the auction – a very rare and highly important minute repeating, single-button chronograph reference 5208P wristwatch with instantaneous perpetual calendar (estimate: CHF 550’000 to 950’000), and an incredibly rare reference 5078, minute repeating wristwatch with enamel dial (estimate: CHF 180’000 to 360’000).
A world-class selection of vintage Patek Philippe references includes an extremely rare and very well preserved perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch reference 1518 in yellow gold (estimate: CHF 250’000 to 500’000). This watch was consigned to auction by the original owner’s family, an important Brazilian attorney and real-estate developer offered with original box, certificate, invoice and user manual. Other examples include a pink gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch reference 1436 with pink dial (estimate: CHF 300’000 to 500’000), and a rare stainless steel and pink gold chronograph wristwatch reference 130 with two-tone pink dial from 1947 (estimate: CHF 150’000 to 200’000).
Alongside this impressive selection of Patek Philippe watches, Phillips is proud to offer some of the most coveted Rolex references. These include an exceptionally well-preserved triple calendar wristwatch with moonphases and two-tone dial “Padellone” reference 8171 in yellow gold (estimate: CHF 400’000 to 800’000), and an attractive 14K yellow gold chronograph wristwatch reference 6241 with Paul Newman "John Player Special" dial (estimate: CHF 350’000 to 700’000).
Finally, Submariner references, one of the most iconic Rolex models, will be on show - including a fresh to the market, extremely rare early stainless steel diver's wristwatch reference 6200 from circa 1954 with black glossy "Explorer" dial, from the original owner’s family (estimate: CHF 300’000 to 600’000), and a very attractive new old stock diver’s watch reference 5508 (estimate: CHF 80’000 to 160’000).