Titanium Patek Philippe Watches: A Compendium

Patek 5004T titanium

Patek Philippe does not make watches in titanium – or do they?   YES, they do.  But titanium Patek Philippe references are rare specimens, their existence generally known to very few, their production only for very exclusive clients or to support charitable causes. 

This is official compendium, a Perpetuelle exclusive report, is an update to my May 2015 article “Titanium Patek Philippe Watches You Never Knew Existed”, itself an update to my November 2009 article Two Titanium Patek Philippe’s You Didn’t Know Existed.  That’s where it all began for me, and here is where my research on the topic of titanium Patek Philippe’s has brought me today.

For reference, here is my working list of titanium Patek Philippe’s — I’ve now documented 10 models — (updated as new references are discovered):

  • Patek Philippe Ref 5396T Annual Calendar (2015, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T (2013, for Only Watch)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5180/1T (2009, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5712T  (2007, for Only Watch)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 6000T (2007, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon
  • Patek Philippe Ref 3928T “The Flawless Officer” (with 9.44 carat, D color diamond)
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5033T
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5102T celestial
  • Patek Philippe Ref 3998T

 

Patek Philippe Ref 5396T Annual Calendar

2015, for Children Action

Titanium Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396T - Perpetuelle

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T

2013, for Only Watch

Patek 5004T titanium watch

Patek Philippe 5180/1T

2009, for Children Action

Patek 5180T titanium case

 

Patek Philippe Ref. 5712T

2007, for Only Watch

Patek 5712T titanium case

Patek Philippe Ref. 6000T

2007, for Children Action

Patek 6000T titanium case

Patek Philippe Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon

Titanium Patek Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 5001T

Patek Philippe Ref 3928T “The Flawless Officer” (with 9.44 carat, D color diamond in the caseback)

Titanium Patek Philippe The Flawless Officer Ref 3928T front bac

Patek Philippe Ref 5102T celestial

Titanium Patek Philippe Celestial Ref 5102T

Titanium Patek Philippe Celestial Ref 5102T case engravings

Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T

Titanium Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T

Titanium Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T caseback engravings

Patek Philippe Ref 3998T

Titanium Patek Philippe Hieroglyph Ref 3998T

Titanium Patek Philippe Hieroglyph Ref 3998T caseback

Making of: Tudor Fabric Straps (Video and Pictorial)

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In this special “Making of”, we take a look at the colorful, patterned fabric watch straps made by Tudor.  Woven in Eastern France using the traditional “Jacquard” process (first demonstrated in 1801), Tudor’s fabric straps are one of the brand’s defining features.  The term “Jacquard” is not specific or limited to any particular loom, but rather refers to the added control mechanism that automates the patterning.  Unlike Rolex, Tudor’s staid older sibling, Tudor has well embraced the use of fabric straps to further distinguish its Swiss made timepieces.   Please enjoy this (far more romantic than technical) behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Tudor fabric watch strap.

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Breitling Opens Online Sales Boutique, and It Sucks. Bad.

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Breitling is one of the last Swiss watch brands I would expect to open up an e-commerce store.  I recall a time no too long ago when a visit to the Breitling website was prefaced with a cautionary note of the risks of buying Breitling watches online.  But now they’ve done it themselves — Breiting has opened an “online boutique.”  Yay, right?  Wrong.  You know what?  The Breitling online boutique sucks.  Bad.  Really — it’s not good.  Actually — it’s horrible.  

Or maybe I should say that the online store that Breitling (update:  available to United States purchasers only) has put together isn’t really that impressive — but that would given them too much credit:  it’s not impressive in the least.  I’m almost embarrassed for Breitling its so bad.  It’s something I might have expected from an underfunded e-commerce venture, oh, maybe a decade ago.  For brand that spends many tens of millions of dollars a year marketing its watches, it’s an abyssmal effort.   One can almost sense the reluctance behind Breitling’s decision to even go down this road.  But they have.

Where to begin.  Seriously, where to begin.  When I started out writing this article it was going to be positive, with lots of plaudits and kudos headed Breitling’s way.  But it took frighteningly little time on the Breitling online boutique to become frustrated and in a state of disbelief.  And so now I’m headed down a path that most definitely is going to make a lot of folks very unhappy.  But to those disappointed I say:  the truth sometimes hurts, and this is probably one of those times.  Let me just take you through what I experienced in about fifteen or so minutes of clicking around the new Breitling online boutique, trying it out.

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Screening Soon: The Watchmaker’s Apprentice, a documentary of George Daniels and Roger Smith (trailer)

The Watchmaker's Apprentice Movie Poster

Perpetuelle readers are among the first to know:  it’s almost here!  The Watchmaker’s Apprentice is a documentary about two very special men, men whose skills are unparalleled in the world today – the late George Daniels, and Roger W. Smith.  Made by independent production company DAM Productions on the Isle of Man, The Watchmaker’s Apprentice contains the last interview George Daniels gave, just months before his death in October 2011.

After lengthy discussions over the past 18 months or so, distribution for the film has been secured and two U.S. screenings were just announced: WorldFest (Houston, TX), a Q&A screening with Director Dave Armstrong, and a special one-off screening at Tribeca Cinemas on April 28, 2015 at 7pm, featuring none other than the ‘Apprentice’ himself Mr. Roger W. Smith.

A ticket purchase link to the NY screening is here — it was only just announced, but I am told that tickets are selling swiftly!

Here is an extended trailer:

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