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Patek Philippe News

Tuesday 03 January, 2012 - 15:00 PM EST

Patek Philippe wins the Grand Prix

Watch of the Year Awards in Poland

This year’s Watch of the Year in Poland celebrated horology with an award ceremony in Warsaw. Patek Philippe won the Grand Prix with Reference 5208P, and the Special Jury Prize for lifetime achievement went to Nicolas G. Hayek. 

A number of awards went to watches that represent the above-average skills belonging to today’s best watchmakers, who help make up the power of modern horology: the Grand Prix watch awarded to Patek Philippe for Reference 5208P (monopusher chronograph with perpetual calendar, moon phase and minute repeater).

The jury also awarded a Special Prize to honor the impressive lifetime achievement of Nicolas G. Hayek, co-founder of the Swatch Group and the Swatch brand. Perhaps most importantly, he is justifiably hailed as the savior of the entire Swiss watch industry and its art form. This very special laureate, who sadly passed away in June last year, was presented by Waldemar Ferri-Szczerbowski, a man closely involved in mechanical watchmaking for decades.

Winners were selected by the jury, which includes editors, representatives of the Polish Watch and Clock Collectors Club and international authorities on the subject of watchmaking.

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Thursday 22 December, 2011 - 09:50 AM EST

The Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

Pre SIHH 2012 from Cartier

We keep featuring timepieces all the way throughout the countdown to the SIHH 2012. This time we have a preview from Cartier, the brand will be presenting the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon.

Featuring one of the most coveted complications among timepieces collectors, the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon makes the minute repeater the star of this model. This incredible timepiece is the result of five years of research into watch acoustics.

Cartier’s Research and Development Department has thus taken up the challenge of offering lovers of fine watchmaking a minute repeater watch which, while remaining traditional in its design, represents a synthesis of in-depth acoustic research as applied to watchmaking.

Technical details

Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

Movement: Manufacture mechanical, with manual winding, calibre 9402 MC, certified Geneva Seal, flying tourbillon and minute repeater

Case: titanium

Diameter: 45 mm

Crown: beaded titanium, set with a sapphire cabochon

Crystal: sapphire

Case back: sapphire

Dial: white, galvanised, guilloché, silvered open-work grid with sunray effect, black transferred Roman numerals

Hands: sword-shaped in blued steel

Strap: black alligator skin with double adjustable folding clasp in 18-carat white gold

Water-resistance: 30 metres or 100 feet 

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Wednesday 21 December, 2011 - 15:00 PM EST

New world at timepieces auction in Bonhams

Top sales for the Patek Philippe chronograph ref 5020P

A record sale total of $1.58 million were achieved last December 8th at the Fine Watches, Wristwatches and Clocks auction at Bonhams with top honours for the Patek Philippe ref 5020P sold at $338,500.

With 163 lots sold at the auction, the top honours of the sale was the world record-breaking Patek Philippe chronograph ref. 5020P. The top lot of the sale, claiming $338,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $280,000-350,000, was a fine and very rare platinum cushion-form perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch.

The second top lot of the sale was a Patek Philippe very rare and fine 18-carat rose gold chronograph wristwatch ref. 5070R, retailed by Tiffany & Co. Elsewhere in the sale five of the top lots came from an impressive private and distinguished collection of 25 highly sought-after watches including a Vacheron Constantin, a Breguet, and two Patek Philippe timepieces.

Completing the top ten were also two rare chronographs by Rolex that embody 1960s car racing and film legend Paul Newman, making the auction a world-breaking success.

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Tuesday 25 October, 2011 - 09:50 AM EDT

Patek Philippe Column Wheel Chronograph

New Limited Edition Ref 3670A

NEW Patek Philippe Limited Edition Ref 3670A

Patek Philippe is releasing a new limited edition of only 16 pieces of a Column Wheel Chronograph model featuring Patek’s Caliber 13-130, originally assembled and adjusted by Patek Philippe in the middle of the 20th Century. This Patek new model with the reference 3670A will be sold only through the Patek Philippe Salons Geneva with a retail price of 240,000 Swiss Francs.

For collectors and watchmaking enthusiasts, the manually wound caliber 13-130 with column-wheel control ranks among the manufacturer's technical jewels and is also regarded as a milestone in the history of chronographs. The movement is based on a 13-ligne Valjoux ébauche (diameter approx. 28 mm) that was modified explicitly for Patek Philippe. Salient features of this elegant high-performance caliber include the S-shaped clutch lever, the lovely escape-wheel and driving-wheel bridges, the whiplash index adjuster, and the very special shape of the three-armed chronograph bridge.

The rediscovery of 16 of these calibers crafted in 1955 and their flawless condition is thus an extraordinary occurrence. To commemorate the lucky find, Patek Philippe has created a limited special edition of chronographs in which the precious mechanical movements spring back to life: the Reference 3670A.

Technical details:

Reference: 3670A

Movement:  manual-wind Patek Caliber 13-130 (crafted in 1955 from a Valjoux ébauche modified especially for Patek Philippe)

Power reserve: 39 hours

Functions: Hours, minutes, chronograph with 30? semi-instantaneous counter at 3 o’clock, seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, sweep chronograph hand

Case: Stainless Steel

Measures: 37mm x 45mm

Dial: Anthracite brushed dial center, circular brushed counters and dial periphery with gold applied hour markers, sand brushed white gold hands

Strap:  matte black alligator strap with grey hand-stitching (21x16mm), stainless steel prong buckle


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Wednesday 12 October, 2011 - 12:00 PM EDT

10 Years of the The Patek Philippe Museum 2001 - 2011

All from Antiques to New collections

The Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, capital of the all time representation of quality watchmaking, commemorates its tenth year running and displaying the antique as well as the new collection of the legendary Swiss brand.

Set in a building from designed by architect William Henssler in 1919, the Patek Philippe Museum treasures are displayed over four levels, on the remodelled building which was extended in 1999. In a chronological journey from the first to the fourth level illustrating the evolution of time-keeping, the exhibition rooms display The Crafts of Watchmaking, The Patek Philippe Collection from 1839 to present, The Antiques Collection from the 16th to the 19th century, and The Patek Philippe Archive and Library.

The two collections display in the central floors of the building, right in the core, divide Patek Philippe’s collection from Antiques from the 19th century and before. The Antique Collection displays a representation of Geneva's, Swiss, and European watches and enamels dating from the 16th century to the 19th, including a great number of masterpieces that have left their mark in the history of horology and audiovisual presentations as well. The Patek Philippe Collection testifies the over 150 years of excellence in watchmaking displaying selected watches from Patek’s pocket Watches, Chronometers, Art Nouveau and Deco,     Commemorative watches, the Calatrava Collection and much more!

Every watch lover, and in particular every Patek philippe Collection lover has a mandatory stop visit in Geneve at this Museum which has a ten year history to account for. And any visit would not be completed without stopping by the handsome collection of over 400 tools and antique workbenches used in watchmaking and all its related crafts, and the impressive library with 4000 literary works, antique and recent, dedicated entirely to horology.


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