Founded in 1851 in Switzerland, Patek Philippe is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury watches. Here we look at ten of the most extraordinary watches the company has ever produced.
The Sky Moon Tourbillon features a sky blue enamel display and is encased in 18-karat white gold with intricate hand-carved engravings. It boasts the luxury watchmaker’s most complicated watch movement and, among other features, a sky chart, phases of the moon, a perpetual calendar and gold applied numerals.
This dazzling ladies’ wristwatch features a utilitarian display surrounded by dozens of matching sapphires. The casing and bracelet are crafted from white gold, and the movement is quartz. It’s a slim, elegant timepiece.
Manufactured in 1955, this unusual Patek Philippe watch is crafted from 18-karat pink gold. Standout features are a unique Cloisonné polychrome enamel dial with the image of a South Island lighthouse, and Arabic and Baton numerals. In 2012, the watch was sold for over $406 000 at an auction in Hong Kong.
The Grand Master Chime is a limited edition timepiece released to commemorate the Swiss watchmaker’s 175th anniversary. Only six of the watches were manufactured. The Chime is valued at over $2.6 million. It’s a double-face wristwatch containing more than 20 complications in a heavily engraved yellow gold double-casing.
The Twenty 4 Ladies’ watch has an elegant, contemporary design, with bold Roman numerals. The rectangular rose gold case is encrusted in diamonds. The workings are quartz, and the wristwatch is water resistant up to 25 meters.
Featuring a colourful enamel dial, the World Time Watch is true to its name – wearers can enjoy a permanent display of all the word’s time zones. It’s quick to adjust to local time though. This is a collectible wristwatch guaranteed to gain in value over time.
Titanium watches are highly sought after, but have very rarely featured in Patek Philippe collections. In fact, the watchmaker has only ever manufactured five titanium timepieces, and many of these are held in private collections. The Titanium 5001T is one of the five.
The Calatrava is a vintage men’s wristwatch with 24-jewel automatic movement, and a standard display set in a yellow gold case. Despite its comparatively plain design, it’s a collectible piece that has sold for more than $150 000 at auction.
Featuring a transparent display of the complication and with a razor-thin sapphire crystal dial, the Minute Repeater is one of Patek Philippe’s signature watch designs. Over the years, it has been manufactured in countless variations.
Now on permanent display in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, this vintage timepiece was manufactured in 1944. It features the phases of the moon, a nickel-fronted circular lever movement and luminous Arabic numerals. The watch is encased in a maker-stamped stainless steel case.
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