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Gallery: Patek Philippe "The Art of Watches" Grand Exhibition

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At the time when many Swiss watchmakers are struggling to maintain relevance and profitability, blue chip companies such as Patek Philippe, continue to operate business as usual. Like Rolex, Patek Philippe is one of the most coveted watch brands in existence. And so, The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017 while unprecedented in size and scale, for any watch manufacturer, is really not that much of a surprise. The Grand Exhibition, which cost the company a small fortune, was free to the public. No invite-only requirements, no $50 door fee, all you had to do was wait in a line and go through security. This is great for the watch industry as a whole, which is in serious peril right now. Patek Philippe truly stands above all others when it comes to resale values of their timepieces, and

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In The Metal: Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot

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Patek Philippe’s new three-hand Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5522 is garnering more buzz than any watch release the Swiss watchmaker has made since the original Calatrava Pilot 5524 in 2015. And while that watch was received with mixed reviews – yet is still on back order according to the company’s US Press Manager – this release has been met with much more positive feedback. 1936 Patek Philippe (Ref. P0844) 56 mm oversize hour angle aviator wristwatch (siderometer) Why? It’s more simplistic, with just three-hands and no date function, which purists love. It’s in stainless steel. It costs less than half the price of the 5524. And of course, most importantly, it’s downright gorgeous in the metal. As you can see in the photos, at one angle the dial is a dark smooth blue (top), and at another angle (below) you can

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Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5522 New York Special Edition

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Following up the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 that was released in 2015, Patek Philippe has introduced a simple three-hand version within the same collection. The Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5522 New York Special Edition is presented in the same size case, but with less going on it seems to work much better visually. The fact that it is being offered in stainless steel makes it more of a true sports watch, not to mention, more accessibly priced. This is great, especially considering we asked for this in 2015 when the original 5524 came out, “Steel would have been ideal for this watch. Especially, if it is being marketed to attract a newer, younger consumer.” The case measures 42 mm in diameter (45.5 mm including the crown) by 50.25 mm in length by 8.78 mm in thickness, and with a

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Patek Philippe debuts two new Aquanauts for 20th Anniversary

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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

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Patek Philippe Calatrava Squelette Hands-On

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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

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar Hands-On

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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,

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Baselworld 2017: Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G Perpetual Calendar

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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

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

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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

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Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography

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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

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Patek Philippe reveals Nautilus 40th Anniversary Limited Editions

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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

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