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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A Rare Patek Philippe Ref 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Going Up at Auction

Patek Philippe Ref 1518 vintage angleview - Perpetuelle

What an amazing watch.  This beautifully aged Patek Philippe Ref 1518 in 35mm yellow gold case is up for auction one week from today at Christie’s Important Watches auction in New York.    The Patek Ref 1518 was the first perpetual calendar chronograph to be manufactured in series by any firm worldwide.  It was produced by Patek Philippe from 1941 until approximately 1954, with a total of only 281 examples being produced.   The model was later replaced by the reference 2499 (yes, like the platinum 2499 that Eric Clapton used to own and which sold for $3.6 million).  Though Patek 2499’s carry stronger results in the auction market, for me the 1518 is a better looking, more well proportioned watch I prefer it to the 2499.

Patek Philippe Ref 1518 vintage - Perpetuelle

The Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives for this particular model confirms production in 1951 and original sale on October 22, 1953.  It was last seen at auction in 1987.  A distinguishing feature of this watch is the outer tachometer is calibrated for miles, rather than the more common metric tachometer.  The day and month indicators are also in English.  The full crisp lugs and short signature on the beautifully aging dial make this an extremely desirable watch for the discerning collector.   The inside of the case back is stamped Poinçon de Maître key 9, which is also known as a Collective Responsibility Mark which is codified in Swiss law (don’t ask me why!); the stamp indicates the case was made by Emile Vichet S.A. in Geneva, a firm known for crafting very thin cases, and the cases for other complicated Patek Philippe watches.

This superb Patek Philippe 1518 carries a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 – $400,000.

 

 

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