As the title says Patek Philippe have Launched a fresh new site with a video header featuring loads of history also a lot of their models, Patek was one of the first to launch a site in 1997. Patek Philippe is mostly regarded as the prestigious of all the Swiss watchmakers but as revenue goes its the forth highest earner Rolex number one no surprise as you can read on a previous blog regarding The worlds most valuable brands.
But Patek have some of the most expensive and complicated watches in the world, also some of the most beautiful pieces that take your breath away. They have in the past sold at auction thee most expensive watches to date with the Henry Graves grand Supercomplication
Patek Philippe never been the big digital marketing, Patek sells themselves not for the faint hearted, the biggest slogan is “Patek Philippe you never own you merely look after for the next generation”
Now the site is 20 years Patek have fully overhauled the site last upgrade was 2012 without Rrp prices, The new website is full of features, very easy to navigate, and the most important shows official retail prices as previously never showed prices. Its good Patek show the prices now but problem is desirable models have big waiting lists which you lucky to even get on!! Click on link below to view new site
Patek Philippe Exhibition Arts and watches in New York 2017 take a look inside. Hodinkee as done a video of the watches in the exhibition. Some truly great pieces that will go for sale. The collectors place to be, wish I would have made the trip, watches becoming more collectible than ever these days markets pulling high premiums for the sort after watches with provenance especially ones with famous celebrity attachment.
Patek Philippe Market pulls in the big hitters Patek Philippe still holds the record for the most expensive watch sold at auction the Henry graves super complication for a staggering $24,000,000 dollars but the pocket watch was way a head of its time. I feel you would need a degree in watchmaking to use the watch super complication, but doubt it was bought to use more an invest piece also one of a kind piece.
Here a up and coming auction possibly the largest Vintage Patek Philippe collection of watches for auction, Christie’s auctioneers hosting the event on 11th July for 11 days. If your around in New York looking for a vintage Patek that is the place to be. The auction is named Arts of watches grand exhibition, the theme is both past and present and Patek history of horology. I think it is an exhibition that in turn becomes a auction for you to spend plenty of money.
Christie’s will be offering two ways to own your Patek Philippe Grand horological history. Firstly 85 pieces ranging from $5000 to $250,000 in a special online auction this starts on the 13th July. The second part is a special private sale where the stakes are much higher price ranging from $5000 to $5,000,000 where the buyer can buy some exotic vintage pieces from some famous owners from the past. The auction seems to cater for all types of buyers from the rich to not so rich and still get a museum quality history piece. Christie’s have arranged a private selling exhibition for the pieces that can bought on the day and viewed prior the main event at 20 Rockefeller plaza
They will also be a series of tours, watch making classes, lectures will support the sale and exhibition. So sounds like the place to be New York!!
Vladimir Putin’s Patek Philippe 5208P Grand complication found and is going up for auction with Monaco Legend Auctions. The watch is one of Patek’s best pieces that to own this only the top clients can own by application a familiar process to new limited edition and exclusive Porsche’s & Ferrari. The watch is a thing of beauty as most Patek Philippe’s are the watch has minute repeater, a mono-pusher chronograph, and an instantaneous perpetual calendar wow! and at a cost of 980,000 CHF not for the faint hearted deep pockets needed.
The name Vladimir Putin is on the papers and was sold by Watches of Switzerland in London but if not 100% confirmed was his watch but Patek Philippe would on sell this watch to the named person on the papers also with the application process more than likely was Mr Putins watch. The watch is made in precious metal Platinum and is 42mm the case size with pierced lugs a very nice touch, a perpetual calendar date means you set the watch and if constantly worn will keep the correct date and time up to 100 years even allowing for the leap year.
Patek Philippe are no doubt one of the best watch makers in the world I always found a lot of their models are more dress watches, very very classy stunning beautiful in every way. Overall do not think will ever own one or see one of these pieces. be nice to see what the watch fetches at auction.
Talking Watches With J.J.Redick is another great video by Benjamin Clymer executive editor of Hodinkee. Benjamin interviews some of the astute watch collectors in the world. All the videos with Benjamin are well worth watching if you love watches!! Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, F.P Journe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, IWC some of the finest watch makers money can buy. Here is a link to the previous post talking watch with Ahmed Rahman another good video and timepieces.
Watch collectors are coming thick and fast these days its become a very expensive hobby some of the really rare pieces are fetching millions of dollars at auction. Christies Auction House recently had a auction and sold some nice pieces including the Paul Newman Daytona my favorite watch I would love to own! Click on the link see what prices vintage watches sold for. Christies Sold Lots
Phillips Auction in Hong Kong 30 May 2017 should have some really nice vintage pieces for sale it seems the world has gone vintage mad! The auction has some great pieces from Heuer, Omega, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Longines, Breitling, Zenith, Panerai, Bregeut, Patek Philippe and many more. These vintage watch auctions pull some top money for the right pieces as they are getting harder and harder to find in top condition box and papers and folk wanted to snap the top pieces what ever the cost.
I was never into vintage watches was always in to modern pieces till about 5 years ago, but then I realized how nice it is with aged patina and matt dial etc…..and just simple the simple fact the watch had be worn and loved rather than stored in box. But unfortunately you need pockets these days to buy them vintage pieces from top the names and I mean deep deep pockets. The Paul Newman Daytona 6363 was may be around £300 in the 1970,s some these days fetching over a million dollars. Any thing Paul Newman or Steve Mcqueen wore are timeless classics only going one direction in price and people know this. This Rolex Daytona 6263 did a staggering over $3 million!!
Take a look at some of the lots at auction some stunning pieces.
Talking Watches with Pras Michel a video by Hodinkee as always they have some of the best collectors in the world with all there cherished timepieces. Some of the worlds finest Patek Philippe & Audemars Piguet content love them all just not the price! Great video one of the best I watched.
The Hodinkee Best of 2016 Review video lots of great watches through the previous year. I do love there video’s as watches make me tick from some of the best brands we all love Patek Philippe, vintage Heuer, Omega, Iwc, Tudor and many more. British Horology which is very good in its own right.
As the title says three on three of the grail watches by some of the world’s finest watchmakers and a nice video by Hodinkee! Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Sohne content. Three fantastic manual wind watches most collectors would die for.
A small collection of Panerai watches I have always liked Panerai’s they are a great versatile piece, which are a nice chunky watch do not tend be small by any means. The striking feature of the Panerai luminor range is the Luminosity on the dial of the hour markers and numbers. The group picture of them all together!
Top left Panerai 00212, Panerai 00090, far right Panerai 00114 bottom Panerai 00171
The first one in the collection is Panerai Luminor 00212 1950 Flyback Chronograph is great watch 44mm case but wears a lot bigger, it has the 1950 style Panerai case with the in-famous crown guard that is Panerai’s trademark and very distinctive.
The glass is domed and is just looks stunning and has a tachymeter on outer inner dial for measuring time to speed on the chronograph when doing lap times.
The flyback function allows you to start the chronograph stopwatch going and with the lower button which normal resets the chronograph back to 12 it allows split second multiple timing. This model is water resistant to 100m all the other ones in the pictures are 300m as most Panerai’s are.
The see through case back with Panerai’s beautiful in house Automatic Cal OP XIX an absolutely stunning piece overall with Panerai’s easy strap changing system on deployment. Some more pictures of the beast!
Next up is the Panerai Luminor 00090 this one is in a 40mm case in stainless steel and housed in the standard Luminor case. This has the date function at 3 o’clock with magnifier to blow up the date this is Panerai’s version of the Rolex Cyclops feature, Automatic movement with seconds hand at 9 o’clock.
The strap is stainless steel polished centre links with brushed sides on a steel deployment, This style strap is like marmite you love or hate them I am rather fond of the bracelet to be honest. A great unisex watch as my partner actual wears the 00090!
Next the Panerai Luminor 00114 White dial base model 44m manual wind movement is the a simple clean look standard panerai case and crown guard with stunning movement you can see through caseback on a leather strap. NO fuss or complicated mechanisms just wind and go.
Lastly one of my favorites Panerai Luminor 00171 Automatic Steel and Titanium Power reserve 44mm on deployment bracelet very similar to the 00090 but with titanium mixed with stainless steel and a power reserve indicator on the dial. The date function is also an addition to this model but due the materials it is very light on the wrist with great super wrist presence.
Panerai’s have been around a long time and years ago had links with Rolex another watch everyone should have in there collection for variety and versatility.