Category Archives: Patek Philippe

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By the Light of the Moon Phase Watch

DeBethune DB16

Since tonight it is going to be a full moon, what better moment to dedicate a post to moon phase complications.  The orb of the moon has enchanted humankind since we gazed up into the night sky and saw its glowing face. The brightest object in the sky after ... Read more

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Diamond Watches Can Be a Man’s Best Friend Too

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Date Self-winding with Diamond Hour Markers

Diamonds may be the quintessential of all gems. They generally steal the limelight from other jewels with their sparkle, personality and presence. Enlisted to celebrate events such as birthdays, anniversaries and wedding engagements, diamonds definitely count as one of a girl’s best friends. But… diamonds are not just for the ... Read more

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Christie’s First Online-Only Watches Sale: Something for Everyone!

Rolex "Great White" Sea-Dweller

Something special is about to happen at Christie’s and you don’t want to miss out. For the first time ever, Christie’s is having an online-only watches sale called the Essential Watch Collection, accessible here. Taking place from October 1-8th, the auction will feature iconic models across major brands. You might think ... Read more

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Christie’s First Shanghai Auction Features Specially Curated Watches

Patek Philippe 5159 Prototype

For the first time, Christie’s is holding an auction in Shanghai on Thursday, September 26, 2013. It’s a mixed-theme auction of 42 items including artwork, wine, jewelry, and, you got it, watches. The Hong Kong team has curated a very special selection of 12 watches for the occasion. They all ... Read more

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Asymmetrical Watch Cases: The Beauty in Being Off Balance

Modern Crash in Pink Gold Diamond Set Bezel

For the most part the brands stay pretty conservative with their case shapes, staying within the circular and square-related range. Perhaps some liberty might be taken with fancy lugs but those are few and far between. Sometimes, though, you get an interesting curveball in the mix.  Here we take a ... Read more

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5 Great Beach Reads for Watch Lovers and a GIVEAWAY

A Grand Complication by Stacy Perman

It’s summer again. Time for barbecues, and, of course, hitting the beach to cool off. What would going to the shore be without a good book tucked in your bag along with the chips, beer and paddleball? In between baking in the sun, tossing a ball around and taking ... Read more

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Christie’s Private Watch Sales: See It, Buy It, Wear it

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Imagine walking into the grand lobby of Christie’s at Rockefeller Plaza, seeing a crisp, minty Rolex or Omega sparkling in a case, swiping your credit card and walking out with it minutes later on your wrist. Yes, it is now possible. If you happen to miss one of the six ... Read more

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Patek Philippe Minute Repeater and Chronograph Exhibition

Patek Philippe Ref. 5074

Patek Philippe has many milestones to its name such as Gyromax balance and the Reference 1518, which was the first perpetual calendar chronograph put into production. The company is known for attempting and successfully completing the most complicated watches, never fearing taking on nearly impossible challenges. For example, there is ... Read more

CATEGORIES Chronograph, Manual Winding, Mechanical, Minute Repeater, Tourbillon |Bookmark http://blogs.christies.com/longitude/function-movement/manual-winding/patek-philippe-minute-repeater-and-chronograph-exhibition/

Swiss Watchmaking, Patek Philippe & Street Art: An interview with Xavier Magaldi

Switzerland's most sight

As much as we like it, mechanical watchmaking is obsolete, surpassed by superior new technology that is cheaper and more precise, but lacks soul. The crucial element of soul is why mechanical watchmaking has transcended mainstream technology to functional art. This new positioning has resulted in a renaissance period in ... Read more

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Another Piece of Packard History Comes Up for Auction

Packard Plant

The James Ward Packard and Henry Graves, Jr. unofficial rivalry to own the most complicated watch is a story of legends in the horology world. The two magnates regularly called upon Patek Philippe as well as Vacheron Constantin to bring their designs to fruition. When all was said and done, ... Read more

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