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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…
Of course the first and best place to search for the answer to such a question is Patek itself. So late last November — roughtly five years after the Ref 5180T and Ref 6000T seeded the question in my head– I contacted Patek Philippe to get an answer. Patek revealed to me that only four such titanium Patek Philippe references exist, all unique pieces, all done to support either Children Action (a Geneva-based charitable organization) or Only Watch (a biennial Geneva-based charitable watch auction).
So there you have it. The definitive list of titanium Patek Philippe watches. Right? Wrong. In fact this is far from the end of the story. Read on for more, after a look at these four titanium references:
Patek Philippe Ref. 5712T titanium – made for Only Watch 2007
Patek Philippe Ref. 6000T titanium – made for Children Action 2007
Patek Philippe Ref. 5180/1T – made for Children Action 2009 (as marked on the caseback below)
Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T– made for Only Watch 2013
So as I say this is definitely not the end of the story nor the list — and I’ll tell you why: in my research to find out how many titanium Patek Philippe watches really exist, I had also heard from that there were other titanium Pateks that existed — one-off commissions for valued clients. And thus perhaps the existence of which Patek would prefer not to disclose. Well, the existence of at least some of these references is now official, thanks to Sotheby’s, which is set to sell six exclusive titanium Patek’s at its June 10, 2014 on the Sotheby’s Important Watches” auction in New York. This list includes the following:
Patek Philippe Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon in titanium
Patek Philippe “The Flawless Officer” Ref 3928T in titanium
9.44 ct., D color, flawless square emerald-cut, diamond-set caseback (!!)
Patek Philippe Ref 5033T titanium
Patek Philippe Ref 5102T Celestial titanium
Patek Philippe Ref 3998T titanium
We know with certainty that the pieces for Only Watch and Children Action are unique; it is also almost certain that the above titanium references are also unique pieces. It would be highly unusual, though I suppose possible, for Patek to agree to commission more than one of each of these.
Are there other titanium Patek’s out there? Possibly. But aside from publicized pieces such as those for Only Watch and (much-lesser-publicized) Children Action, commissioned Patek’s will only make themselves known when they come to auction. If you are aware of other such pieces, please let me know.
And there you have it – Perpetuelle’s exlusive list of elusive Patek Philippe references. A list of eight Patek Philippe wristwatches, cased in titanium, all believe to be one-of-a-kind and the existence of which has remained largely unknown until now. Of course a unique pieces is a unique piece — but a unique piece Patek Philippe cased in titanium? Now that’s something special.