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Patek Philippe | The most expansive Swiss timepieces

No need to be an actual watch erudite to be aware of the exclusiveness and the dearness of Swiss watchmaker, Patek Philippe. Nowadays, Patek Philippe remains one of the most respected touchstone within the watch industry. They keep on innovating and so, having a lot of success among the enthusiast of the mythical brand.

This selection of their craziest models throws light on their ability to search for an authentic aesthetic manufactured with the finest metals and incorporating most advanced watch technology. Yet, a Patek Philippe timepiece is really really expansive (the cheapest Aquanaut model is at about 10 000€), even if I consider it’s worth it!

Our selection:

Patek Philippe Supercomplication pocket watch ($ 11M)

Patek Philippe 1943 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph wristwatch ($ 5.63M at auction)

Patek Philippe Platinum World Time watch ($ 4M)

And our modest “coup de coeur” is the more recent Patek Philippe Triple Complication 5208P Platinum that was presented earlier this year at Basel!

Patek Philippe Supercomplication pocket watch ($ 11M):

Patek Philippe’s most expensive watch was a yellow-gold pocket watch created in 1932 for New York banker Henry Graves, Jr. The watch, Supercomplication, was created as part of a vain competition Graves had with Ohio automobile engineer James Ward Packard to have commissioned a watch with the most complications in the world. This watch, of course, guaranteed that Graves won the contest.

Supercomplication wasn’t surpassed until over fifty years later, when Patek Philippe created the 18k gold Caliber 89 which had a total of thirty-three different functions.

 

Patek Philippe 1943 Perpetual Chronograph Ref 1527 ($ 5,6M at auction by Christie’s in May 2010):

According to the Patek Philippe’s exhaustive research, this watch was made in 1943 and completed in 1944, and originally sold on August 22, 1946. This watch is bizarre in so many ways. First and foremost, it is perplexing to understand it was designed and built in Switzerland during World War II.
In other words, this watch was completed while Adolf Hitler was still alive and running Nazi Germany, and tucked away in Switzerland there was some master Patek Philippe watchmaker engineering this magnificent and timeless beauty.

It is hard to imagine, but apparently, somehow, some-way, somebody in 1943 designed this modern masterpiece, and years later it became popular. This watch just does not look like it is from 1943, and yet somehow it is!?! It is so modern and timeless, that if you wore it today, it would look superb!

 

Patek Philippe Platinum World Time watch ($ 4M):

The Platinum World Time created by Patek Philippe was sold at auction for over $4 million USD in 2002. It is believed that only one was created and, at the time, it was the most expensive wristwatch in the world.

 

Patek Philippe Triple Complication 5208P Platinum (Price N/A):

 

Unveiled during the last Baselworld summit, the new Patek Philippe Triple Complication Ref. 5208P presents the most challenging degrees of difficulty with peerless perfection. And it is not a one-of-a-kind timepiece: it is a new model in the regular Patek Philippe collection, offering definitive proof that the so-called “domain of the extraordinary” is part of the everyday reality at the privately owned manufacture.

It is Patek Philippe‘s second Triple Complication within a short period of time. In 2008, the first was the Ref. 5207 with a minute repeater, instantaneous perpetual calendar with aperture displays, and tourbillon; in 2011, the second is the Ref. 5208P with a chronograph, minute repeater, and instantaneous calendar with aperture displays.

No precise idea of an exact price, but I can already tell you that you should start laying away some money!

 

 


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