close search

Patek Philippe

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe debuts two new Aquanauts for 20th Anniversary

Jason Pitsch

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s other sports watch – not to be confused with the Nautilus – the Aquanaut. As a tribute, Patek Philippe released two new versions at Baselworld, that will go on sale later this year. One represents the first men’s Aquanaut to be offered in white gold. The other is Advanced Research model that features some of the manufacture’s most advanced horological innovations. Aquanaut Ref. 5168G 20th Anniversary Edition A 42.2 mm diameter white gold case, with a night blue colored dial (constructed of brass and PVD coated with blue to black hue towards the perimeter), gives new appeal to the Aquanaut line. Patek’s caliber 324 S C movement, which is a mere 3.3 mm in height, allows for a watch that is just 8.25 mm in thickness. With a tested deviation of

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe Calatrava Squelette Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe’s automatic caliber 240 is 40 years old this year, and to celebrate, a new skeletonized version of the movement has been created. Already offered in skeletonized variations since 2008, a special new version of the Patek Philippe Calatrava “Squelette” was introduced at Baselworld 2017, back in March. The new timepiece features a 39 mm x 7 mm rose gold case, which is 45.8 mm long and has a 20 mm lug width. In addition, the bracelet and movement are also crafted from solid 18K rose gold. The micro-rotor, however, is made of 22K gold as an oscillating weight that is so small needs to be heavy in order to generate enough power to wind the watch. Skeletonization that leaves so little remaining is extremely difficult to produce. According to Patek “Its plate and bridges are pierced to the

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

One of the most interesting introductions from Patek Philippe this year was the all-new Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar, which we wrote about last month. Distinguished by its three-tiered lugs, which were inspired by historical Ref. 2405, the 5320 is powered by familiar automatic perpetual calendar movement – caliber 324 S Q. Presented in a sleek 40 mm x 11.13 mm white gold case, with 21 mm interlug width, and a total lug-to-lug length of 47.98 mm, one thing remains the same, Patek Philippe’s ability to make not only complicated watches but to do so in the most elegant way. Patek Philippe is world-renowned for producing perpetual calendar timepieces, and this furthers that reputation. Setting this watch apart from most of the company’s previous perpetual calendar wristwatches, are its Arabic numerals. The majority of historical references feature indexes, not numerals. Additionally,

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Baselworld 2017: Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar

Jason Pitsch

In 1925, Patek Philippe debuted Ref. 97975, the world’s first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar. For almost a century, the Swiss watchmaker has continued to build on their reputation for producing perpetual calendar timepieces, which automatically indicate months with 28, 30, and 31 days and every four years also recognizes the 29th of February as a leap day. In fact, the only adjustment will need to be made in 2100, as it is a secular year according to the Gregorian calendar, so the date display must be corrected by hand. At Baselworld 2017, Patek Philippe launched the Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar, inspired by many of the predecessor models (see timeline) from the 1940s and 1950s, such as the Ref. 1518 from 1941, and the Ref. 1526 from 1942. Both of these timepieces feature a double aperture for the day and

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe 1518 in steel breaks all-time watch auction record

Jason Pitsch

Over the past weekend, at the Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR, Phillips watch auction house sold a “trilogy” of Patek Philippe 1518s, including a 1 of 4 stainless steel version, which achieved a higher result than any other single watch at auction ever. The numbers speak for themselves and put in perspective the level of rarity (and demand) there is for a steel Patek Philippe, particularly a reference 1518 in steel. The yellow gold 1518 achieved $603,980 (lot 100), which is impressive. Even more impressive, were the results for the pink gold 1518 (lot 196), which earned more than double what the yellow gold piece brought in, at $1,488,740. And, of course (lot 38) – the ultra-rare stainless steel 1518 – beat the former two by a mile, with a record-breaking price of $11,112,020 (lot 38). This sale perfectly demonstrates how

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe has announced the release of Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography by Nicholas Folks. The hard bound book, commissioned by Patek Philippe, is a definitive work that covers the legendary watch company’s evolution from its formation in 1839 up until the present. Philippe Stern, the Honorary President of Patek Philippe had this to say, “I am very pleased to see the history of my family’s company come to life in this excellent volume. This is the first time that the Patek Philippe archive has been accessed and brought to life in a factual and definitive work. Nicholas Foulkes has perfectly recreated the atmosphere and details of our 175-year journey.” Featuring 544-pages, filled with over 600 images, “Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography” will be available for 220 CHF beginning December 2016 on Patek.com, as well as at the Patek Philippe

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe reveals Nautilus 40th Anniversary Limited Editions

Jason Pitsch

Today, Patek Philippe revealed two 40th anniversary limited edition versions of their famous Nautilus timepiece, paying homage to the original that was launched 40 years ago (1976). The Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P 40th Anniversary Limited Edition comes in a 40 mm diameter platinum case and the Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5976/1G 40th Anniversary Limited Edition comes in a 44 mm diameter white gold case. There is no stainless steel model announced at this time, which is somewhat odd considering that at the time, the Gerald Genta designed Royal Oak and Nautilus models, were unconventional in their use of stainless steel cases. Interestingly, the dials on the two limited editions feature a unique embossed text pertaining to the 40th anniversary, and diamond hour markers. The 5711/1P has an 18K yellow gold dial with a sunburst decoration that is coated with blue PVD and

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Ten facts about Patek Philippe Minute Repeaters

Jason Pitsch

The name “Patek Philippe” is synonymous with minute repeaters. And while the company does not provide yearly production numbers, it is safe to say the number is very low. The demand for Patek Philippe minute repeaters far exceeds the supply. And so naturally, they are highly coveted amongst the world’s elite collectors, resulting in high prices at auction, in the rare instance that someone actually decides to sell one. 1- In Sept 1839, Patek Philippe made their first quarter repeater, which sold for 450 CHF. 2- The world’s first self-winding minute repeater wristwatch (Ref. 3979) was produced by Patek Philippe in 1989. 3- Patek Philippe minute repeaters are produced in both the Vallée de Joux and Geneva factories. 4- Patek Philippe gongs are entirely hand made. There are 21 classes which are necessary to better distinguish between high and low

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Patek Philippe introduces 'Flamme' Diamond Set Calatrava

Jason Pitsch

Introduced this year at Baselworld, the Calatrava Ref. 7200/200R ladies watch features a new gem-setting technique that utilizes staggered rows of diamonds to amplify their sparkle and brilliance. The technique called “Flamme,” has been officially registered as a trademark by Patek Philippe for the horological industry. The unique gem-setting technique is complex and requires the skilled hand of a master jeweler. Furthermore, as with all jewelry pieces, only superb, flawless Top Wessleton brilliant-cut diamonds are used, in accordance with Patek Philippe’s rigorous standards as stipulated by the Patek Philippe Seal. The 18K rose gold Calatrava bezel is set with 142 diamonds, in two staggered rows. Each stone is placed inside a drilled slot. The gem-setter then manually sculpts a small prong for each setting and then bends it over the diamond to secure it on one side from above. Then,

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Jonah Hill wears Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 on Tonight Show

Jason Pitsch

Last week, on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jonah Hill talked about how he accidentally sent Drake his food diary, instead of his doctor, as you can see in the video clip below. More importantly, though, he did so while wearing a stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus (Ref. 5711/1A-010), which is part of the current collection. Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-010, stainless steel As a celebrity who can virtually afford any watch he wants, it shows excellent taste choosing the Nautilus. You can find countless famous people wearing Rolexes (including Hill), and that is not to say that a Rolex is a bad decision. But the Patek, clearly takes it up another level, and leads me to believe he has is a serious “watch guy.” Notably, Patek Philippe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its iconic Gerald Genta designed Nautilus

Read More »