by Kyle Stults on June 20, 2014
Following the opening of the Maison Patek Philippe Shanghai in 2012, the recently unveiled Maison Patek Philippe Beijing at Ch’ien Men 23 is the second Maison Patek Philippe in the World. The opening ceremony was not just a celebration of the new Maison Patek Philippe; it also marked the unveiling of a limited edition Calatrava Ref. 5153. The 5153 has a classic Calatrava officer case; on the dust cover are engraved the year of establishment of the Maison Patek Philippe Beijing and the building’s delicate outline alongside the commemorative text Maison Patek Philippe Beijing Inauguration 2014.
Full specs and a look at the new Patek Maison, on the click
by Kyle Stults on May 14, 2014
This piece sold for nearly 2x its pre-sale estimate. And the incredibly robust secondary market for high-end watches ticks on.
According to Antiquorum which sold the watch:
Received as a gift from two of his friends, who purchased the watch at Gobbi Milano in 1967, the original owner didn’t like the watch much. He wore it on extremely rare occasions and throughout his life, according to his family the watch was only serviced twice. Part of the celebrated third series of 2499′s, this example features the nice feuille hands as often seen on earlier examples rather than the more common dauphine hands. Worn very little for the obvious reasons cited above, the watch has remained in close to new condition. Its lugs are extremely thick, two beautiful crisp and clean hallmarks on the outer side of the case, a sparkling movement and amazingly the original owner kept the original box and certificate. A rare, almost unique opportunity to acquire one of the nicest third series ever to appear at auction and fresh to the market. Property of the family of the original owner.
by Kyle Stults on April 29, 2014
Perpetuelle Special Report…
It began almost five years ago, when I discovered a titanium Patek Ref 5180T and titanium Patek Ref 6000T. The first and only titanium-cased Patek Philippe’s I had ever heard of, noted also by its reference number with the “T” at the end. After doing some quick background work, I profiled these two pieces for Perpetuelle readers in my article “Two Titanium Patek Philippe’s You Didn’t Know Existed” (November 19, 2009).
It got me to wondering — just how many pieces has Patek Philippe cased in titanium? Turns out it’s a good question. After researching the matter a bit I still do not know the precise answer. However, I have compiled what I believe is the only comprehensive list of titanium Patek Philippe wristwatches known to exist today — and there are ten of them, including the Patek Philippe “The Flawless Officer” (Ref 3928T) with a 9.44 carat D-flawless diamond-set caseback (!!). Further, each of these ten pieces I believe to be a unique piece. But there could be more. And so to this question of how many titanium Patek Philippe’s exist, the one answer that I can state as undoubtedly accurate today is this: very few. Likely only Patek Philippe knows the true number. Let’s take a closer look at our exclusive list of Titanium Patek Philippe watches you’ve likely never seen, until now…
by Kyle Stults on March 27, 2014
Another of the 2014 highlights from Patek Philippe: the Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A, representing the next generation of the Nautilus chronograph, the first of which was presented in 2006. The new Patek Philippe Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A replaces the Nautilus chronograph Ref. 5980/1A with a steel bracelet, which was first presented in 2006 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Nautilus collection.
For the first time, the Nautilus is presented with the combination of dual time zone function and a chronograph (and day and night indicators). Overall Patek has maintained the look and feel of the original Nautilus, while integrating the new functionality and other subtle design changes. For just one example, note the two correctors positioned at 9 o’clock which enable adjustment of the time zone up and down in one hour increments — clean, subtle, and also faithful to the original case lines. I’ll explain further, below.