Watches / October 2018

Styled Auction: Phillips, The Rake and Mr Porter Celebrate the World's Finest Timepieces in London

On Thursday, Aurel Bacs, Toby Bateman and Wei Koh joined director Paul Feig for an evening of fine watch discussion at Phillips’ auction house in London.

One could be forgiven for momentarily lapsing into bouts of navel-gazing (or more literally, wrist-gazing) last Thursday as watch aficionados descended upon Phillips auction house on Berkeley Square in London to listen to an expert panel espouse their thoughts and opinions on the irrevocably intertwined subjects of timeless watches and men's style with a view to Phillips' upcoming 'Styled' auction in December.  Chaired by the esteemed film director Paul Feig, the panel, which consisted of the founder of Bacs & Russo, one Aurel Bacs (the man who sold the most expensive wristwatch in the world), Mr Porter's Managing Director Toby Bateman, and The Rake's founder Wei Koh, opined on many a topic, including their favourite watches, which timepieces they would take to a desert island, why watches have become such an important element in the modern man's oeuvre of style, and of course, the auction itself on December 5th in New York, which will see the serious business of 121 of the most collectable watches in the world go under the hammer at Phillips' auction house in New York. Time was very much of the essence.

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Ryan Thompson