A Look At Patek Philippe’s Super “London Limited Editions” for 2015

Patek Ladies 7200R-0110 time only and 7000R-011 minute repeater for London 2015 - Perpetuelle

The Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition in London recently brought to a close the Patek Philippe 175th anniversary celebrations which started on May 1st 2014.   As part of the celebration, Patek Philippe unveiled a collection of limited edition timepieces specifically for the Bond Street boutique which is, by the way, one of only three boutiques exclusively owned and operated by Patek Philippe (Geneva, London & Paris).   The London event incorporated the commemorative timepieces which were presented to the world last year in October (headlined by the $2.5 million Grandmaster Chime that we photographed at the NYC celebration and other superlative pieces like the Patek 5975 multiscale chronograph that we reviewed hands-on a few months ago), as well as an impressive range of “London limited editions” spanning the complication spectrum.  Most of these pieces are variants of existing models, distinguished only by an engraved “London 2015″ logo on the caseback; others, such as the enamel dials with London theme, are obviously special and very spectacular productions.

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Buying Time: Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Watches

Patek Philippe 5960P annual calendar hands on - Govberg - Perpetuelle

Welcome to “Buying Time”, a new series here on Perpetuelle.  Buying Time is created in collaboration with Govberg Jewelers, one of America’s preeminent watch and jewelry retailers and creator of the OnTime watch app.  It is a thematic selection of compelling pieces curated from Govberg’s prodigious inventory of pre-owned watches.  With so many great watches out there, it can be hard to sort through “what’s what” and what’s worth your hard earned dollars.  But as important as “what” to buy, perhaps, is “why.”  And that’s where Buying Time hopes to be of assistance.  With this weekly series, the goal is to not merely present a selection of watches for sale, but to put forth a set of watches that share a common thread, and to share a bit more depth and knowledge around each particular piece or theme.

Which brings me to today, and the inaugural Buying Time theme:  Patek Philippe annual calendar watches.  I have a put together a selection of Patek annual calendars to tempt you — but first, some background.

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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Black and Blue Ceramic & Carbon Fiber for Bol D’Or Mirabaud

Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Black and Blue - ceramic and carbon fiber - Perpetuelle

For the third year running, Hublot is the Official Timekeeper for the Bol d’Or Mirabaud regatta which is held every summer on Lake Geneva.   As such, Hublot has created a Classic Fusion Chronograph with ceramic case and a dial and bezel in carbon fiber.  The strap further embodies the Hublot aesthetic — black carbon fiber sewn onto blue rubber.  The black and blue watch is limited edition of 77 numbered pieces, this being the 77th year of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud.  The two chronograph counters are in deep midnight blue, matching the color of the bezel and the strap stitching.

I am a fan of the Classic Fusion design and this one with its combination of black ceramic case and blue & black carbon fiber works for me.  A great example of the Hublot “fusion”.

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Richard Mille Unveils Two Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary Limited Editions

With Richard Mille’s collaboration with Formula 1 superstar Felipe Massa now approaching its 10 year anniversary, and Massa’s 40th GP podium achieved last weekend in Austria, Richard Mille has dedicated a special collection of RM 056 and RM 011 timepieces to Felipe Massa, appropriately named ‘10th Anniversary’.  Brazilian Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa is the first sporting figure to have joined the Richard Mille family. A long-time “test driver” for Richard Mille watches, it was he who enabled the brand to initiate and accomplish astonishing feats in watchmaking development. Such triumphs included the manufacture of a carbon nanofiber baseplate, first tested with the RM 006 FM then used in a number of other models, as well as the processing of new materials such the Alusic cases on the RM 009 FM.

The RM 056 and RM 011 pieces from the ‘10th Anniversary’ collection are inspired by the driver’s racing colors. So the flanges, transfers, push-pieces, and crowns are bedecked in blue and yellow, whilst Felipe’s logo is subtly placed at 1 o’clock. On the RM 011, the number 19, Felipe’s race number, has been cleverly reworked to suggest a 12 on the sapphire dial. The final flourish on these exceptional models is Felipe’s signature engraved on the reverse.

Exclusivity defines this ‘10th Anniversary’ collection. Just ten of the RM 056 will be produced, while the RM 011 will be issued in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

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