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The Once and Future King… Preowned Patek Philippe Calatrava 5127J Revisited!

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In Patek, luxury watch buyers find a champion of enduring beauty whose commitment to traditional dress watch aesthetics spans generations of bygone design fads.

The Geneva stalwart built its name on formal watches, but amid all of the auction-circuit hype driven by Patek complications, it’s important to note that the company’s modern icon remains the 1932 Calatrava.

A simple three-hand watch, it practically defined the rules for a men’s dress reference.

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The basic Calatrava aesthetic endures with mild refinements in this reference 5127J. Produced from 2005 to 2012, the 5127J exhibits the calling cards of a classic Calatrava.

Whereas most round watches of the era featured a jarring transition from round case to straight lugs, the Calatrava blended the two into a seamless continuity that flowed from lug to lug.

In the 5127, Patek Philippe‘s signature “Calatrava” lugs merge with a case that measures 37mm in diameter. It’s large enough to retain a masculine presence alongside modern watches, but it retains the effortless elegance of the original.

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Critically, the 5127 projects an aura of confidence; because it has survived the trials of time and buried legions of transient vogues, the Calatrava is an ideal match for a man who stands above the self-conscious fashion fray.

The secret we are talking about is Patek Philippe’s 175th Anniversary Grandmaster Chime. This beautiful timepiece has a dazzling white dial inside a glowing circle of rose gold.

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This intricate timepiece required 8 years to create. It is 47 mm in diameter and 16.1 mm thick. The movement has 1,366 components, including three gongs and three hammers, 20 complications and two dials.

The elaborate case has 214 parts including a hand-engraved laurel wreath that recalls pocket-watches of centuries past.

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It has 4 chiming complications. One new complication is an alarm that chimes the time for which it is set. Set the alarm for 7:30 and you will hear seven hour tones and two quarter-hour tones. If set for 1 o’clock—a time that would sound only one easy-to-miss tone—the alarm sounds at 12:58 with 12 hour tones, three quarter-hour tones and 13 minute tones. The other new complication, the date repeater, chimes the date.

This watch is very special. Only seven will be produced—six for clients and one for the Patek Philippe Museum. Its price is 2.5 million Swiss francs, or $2.6 million.

An 18-carat gold timepiece made by Patek Philippe is expected to sell at auction for $16.5 million!

The watch was commissioned in 1925 by New York banker Henry Graves and it is considered to be the most complicated watch ever made. It took 8 years to make by hand.

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Indisputably this is the “Holy Grail” of watches, The Henry Graves Supercomplication combines the Renaissance ideal of the unity of beauty and craftsmanship with the apogee of science.

The 18-carat gold openface watch was the culmination of three years of research and two years of painstaking craftsmanship.

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The watch features a perpetual calendar, moon phases, sidereal time, power reserve, and indications for time of sunset and sunrise and the night sky of New York City.

This is the second time it is being sold at auction, after being bought in 1999 for a record-breaking $11m. It became the most expensive timepiece ever sold at auction, but is now set to enter the record books for a second time.

It will go to auction on November 11.

At a Hong Kong auction for the sale of Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces, Patek Philippe was a big winner.

The Patek Philippe 3979 was the highest selling watch at the auction. The intense bidding war for not only this timepiece, but all of the Patek Philippe watches at auction “demonstrated global collectors’ passion for Patek Philippe wristwatches.”

The 3979 wound up selling for $468,000. It is a minute repeating watch that features an enamel dial.

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The Patek Philippe 5029 and 2438-1 were the second and third highest selling timepieces at the auction.

Once again, we see Patek Philippe showing its international pedigree as the finest of timepieces.

Two very rare Patek Philippe timepieces set new records for their reference numbers. The Fall sales took place in Hong Kong.

The auction, titled: “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces”, was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong hotel. There were 246 watches to go to the auction block that totaled more than $5,000,000 in value. Almost 80% of these watches by lot were sold and went for prices over their previously thought values by 16%.

 

 

The most extraordinary sale of the evening was the ULTRA rare Patek Philippe Ref 5104P platinum. The Patek Philippe platinum minute repeater perpetual retrograde skeleton watch, as many call it, sold for JUST under $800,000 ($799,655) after a very tense battle for this timepiece. This sale set a world record for the Patek Philippe 5104P.

 

Another Patek Philippe up for sale was the Patek Philippe 3939 tourbillon minute repeater. This particular watch had a special dial that was in pink gold. This watch is highly sought after by collectors and so it was originally slated to be the auction’s highest seller. This watch sold for a final price of $722,268. This was a fantastic new world record for the Patek Philippe 3939 tourbillon minute repeater with pink gold dial.

 

 

The third highest item going for sale was another stunning Patek timepiece – the Patek Philippe Ref. 6104G celestial diamond in 18K white gold with date, mean time indication, nocturnal sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phase & orbit indication, and finally, the time of the meridian passage of Sirius and moon. This beautiful watch sold for $422,622.

We look forward to seeing these beautiful Patek Philippe timepieces continue to break records as their values consistently rise as time passes. Maybe your next investment will be something you get to enjoy?


Oftentimes life is complicated… And oftentimes, those complications are not wanted! In the world of fine haute horlogerie, the opposite is true. Patek Philippe has released the most complicated watch they have ever produced. The 174 year old watch brand is truly the master of fine watch complications.

The $1.3 million watch is the Patek Philippe Ref. 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon. The timepiece has 12 complications making it a “Grand Complication.” The watch has a tourbillon, minute repeater, sky chart, and a perpetual calendar. The sky chart on the back of the timepiece shows its wearer the evening sky in whatever region of the world they reside. The moon-phase then shows whether the moon is a crescent or full moon.

This watch took 7 years of development to make with the engraving taking more than 100 hours. The minute repeater chimes a note that is tuned to sound like cathedral bills. The price for this watch comes to $1.3 million, but that does not necessarily mean there is one available…

One must apply for ownership of the Patek Philippe Ref. 6002 as it is a Patek Philippe “application piece.” The fine watchmaking brand does what it can in order to ensure that those who end up owning a Patek Philippe 6002 are owners who will truly appreciate the fine timepiece. They must ensure that Ref. 6002 owners have a proven track record with Patek Philippe and that they will truly appreciate this stunning example of haute horlogerie. Patek Philippe has made it very clear of their intentions, “Even if you offered $6 million for the watch, we wouldn’t sell it to you unless you’re approved,” said Larry Pettinelli, president of Patek North America.

No one is sure how many Patek Philippe Ref. 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillons will be made, but Larry Pettinelli has said “it will be very few.”

Founded more than 170 years ago, Patek Philippe’s watchmakers have continued to demonstrate their expertise and attention to detail. They have expanded their impressive list of complications and delivered what is undoubtedly the finest of timepieces in the World.

A perfect example of this history & expertise is Calibre 89 that was unveiled in 1989. The 33 complication piece holds the record as the most complicated portable mechanical timepiece ever created. The Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon, or Patek Philippe 5002, is the brand’s most complicated timepiece. It has 12 complications on 2 dials and now with the Patek Philippe 6002, that design has been fully refined. The Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon, or Patek Philippe Ref. 6002, redefines the Grande Complication. We hope you enjoy this video of the stunning piece.