Friday, October 14, 2016

2016 Patek Philippe Ladies Magazine Ad

2016 Patek Philippe Ladies Magazine Ad
Ladies Annual Calendar Reference 4947R

I noticed tis gorgeous Patek Philippe magazine ad in the November 2016 Architectural Digest. The ladies Annual Calendar with a moonphase is beautiful!!! As I understand it, Patek Philippe Thierry Stern's wife designed this magnificent ladies watch!!! It's kind of bizarre to note this ad does not have Patek Philippe's web address on it, which makes it look very old school.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Unique Sky Moon Celestial Patek Philippe-Rose Gold: Reference 5106

Unique Heavenly Patek Philippe Celestial
44mm Rose Gold with Date
Reference 5106

Kamille is a reader of Jake's Patek Philippe World and he wrote in today to ask what the "blue beauty" was the upper right hand corner of the banner on Jake's Patek Philippe World, so I thought I would share this. In 2009, Patek Philippe made this one-of-a-kind Reference 5106, which is based upon the celestial Reference 5102. This unique rose gold watch features a special hand-tooled guilloché etching on its 22kt gold bezel.

This unique Patek Philippe shows the night sky of the northern hemisphere as it rotates backwards (counter-clockwise). This illustrates the angular progression of the stars as they appear, relative to Sirius (Meridian Passage).

The User Interface also displays the angular position of the moon as well as its phases and meridian passage. All of this apparent magic is achieved by a number of sapphire crystal discs that are stacked on top of each other and move at different speeds. The blue sapphire crystal that shows the cobalt blue background has 279 teeth and it shows the moon orbit, including the orbit of the moon, in a round aperture.

There is another transparent disc with 356 teeth that shows the Milky Way Galaxy. The Patek Philippe Reference 5106 has an exhibition case-back which allows viewing of the 325 part movement. The photo below seems to show the exact same watch, but I noticed the photo on the top has a red date arm, as apposed to the one below having a gold one.

This one of kind Patek Philippe was auctioned on September 24th, 2011 for 535,000 Euros (around $750,000) by Patrizzi & Co during the Monaco Yacht Show, which was attended by HSH Prince Albert II. All the proceeds of the sale went to support research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dalai Lama Reveals His Patek Philippe Pocketwatch

Dalai Lama 
Reveals His Patek Philippe Pocketwatch
Gift from U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in 1943

It has been known for a long time that his Holiness, The Dalai Lama was given a Patek Philippe Pocket-watch by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. Until today, the Dalai Lama's Patek Philiipe has never been seen, but in the photo below we see his holiness showing his watch off in Washington DC.

The photo below is a close-up photo of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama holding his Patek Phillipe & Company [Reference 658] pocket watch.

It was U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy who shared this magnificent Patek Philippe watch to the world. Senator Patrick Leahy is pictured below with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in Washington DC, along with Mrs. Leahy.

Senator Patrick Leahy showcased the Dalai Lama's Patek Philippe in a Tweet on Twitter Today, as seen below.

A Treasured Gift Of Friendship From

U.S. President

Franklin Roosevelt

The Patek Philippe was a given to The Dalai Lama as a gift from U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in 1943. During World War II , the Allied Powers wanted to build a road through Tibet, from India that continued to China. In 1943, two American agents from the Office Of Strategic Services delivered a package to the young Dalai Lama from U.S. President Roosevelt, which contained a letter and a complicated yellow-gold Patek Phillipe Reference 658 Pocket-watch model.

The Dalai Lama

Sunday, June 5, 2016

1982 Patek Philippe Nautilus Ad

1982 Patek Philippe Nautilus Ad

Saturday, March 19, 2016

BaselWorld 2016 Introduction Reference 5396

BaselWorld 2016 Introduction
38.5MM Reference 5396

Patek Philippe introduced some interesting new watches at BaselWorld 2016, and I think my favorite is the 20th Anniversary version of the Reference 5396.

I really like this Patek Philippe as seen in rose gold with the silvery white opaline dial. It is interesting to note the minute track markers are slightly sunk into the dial in contrast with the Breguet numerals that raised. This provides for a unique contrast...

The 20th Anniversary Reference 5396 comes in two different models. A white gold version with a grey sunburst dial and a Rose Gold with a white, as seen above and below. Both will retail for around $47,000.

Both models offer a movement caliber of 324 S QA LU 24H, and have a power reserve of 45 hours. Today the Patek Reference 5396 is one of Patek Philippe's best selling complicated watches. Patek Philippe first introduced the annual calendar in 1996 as the Reference 5035. 

For the life of me, I can't figure out whether I like the 20th Anniversary version better than the standard version with the button markers!!?!

One of the things that makes a Patek Philippe a Patek Philippe is the typically invisible details that are hidden in plain sight. Also, when you hold these watches off angle, the way they reflect light changes significantly, and you really see the beauty of their super-precise designs. This "off-angle beauty" I speak of is evident in the photo above and below.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Emperor Haile Selassie Patek Philippe Reference 2497

Emperor Haile Selassie
37MM 1954 Reference 2497

Christies Auction house will soon be actioning off one of the most beautiful and exotic Patek Philippe models ever made. It is believed this model is unique in the sense there was never a Reference 2497 made with this black dial with even Arabic numeral five minute markers, as well as with a sweeping second hand. According to Christie's Auction House, the watch is all original, including the leaf hands.

Until now, this watch was unknown, and surfaced from out of nowhere, which is very exciting. In my opinion, this watch is one of the most beautiful Patek Philippe models ever made. It has such a magnificent balance of simplicity, sophistication and symmetry.

Haile Selassie was born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael on 23 July 1892 and died 27 August 1975. He was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930, and crowned Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.

In the photo below, following the historic Yalta Conference, President Franklin Roosevelt meets with Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia on February 13, 1945.

Haile Selassie is seen in the photo below greeting then U.S. President, Dwight Eisenhower. It is possible that Selassie was wearing his Patek Philippe Reference 2497 when this photo was taken.

In the photo below we see Haile Selassie with U.S. President Kennedy in front of the White House, in Washington D.C.

In the photo below we see Haile Selassie with U.S. President Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy. Haile Selassie is giving JFK Jr, a gift, which is a statue carved out of ivory.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tony Fadell Nautilus Moonphase

...Patek Philippe Coolness...

Tony Fadell
Stainless Nautilus Moonphase
Reference 5712/1A

Tony Fadell was one of the key Apple executives being the iPod, and he went on to found NEST Labs, which brought to market the NEST Thermostat, as pictured below.

Tony Fadell is pictured below with the core Apple team that brought the iPod to life. From left to right we see Phil Schiller, Tony Fadell, Jony Ive, Steve Jobs, Scott Forstall and Eddy Cue.

Pictured below is a Patek Philippe Magazine ad for the Reference 5712/1A.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Patek Philippe GrandMaster Chime Masterpiece

Patek Philippe GrandMaster Chime Masterpiece
175th Anniversary Collection
47MM Rose Gold Reference 5175R-001

Today Patek Philippe unveiled a special line of watches to celebrate their 175th Anniversary. This magnificent beauty is one of the most complicated wrist-watches ever made, with 20 different complications!!! It consists of 1,580 components, of which 1,366 comprise the movement, and the 47MM case.

Patek Philippe announced they only plan to offer seven examples of this grand-masterpiece, and that six of them have already been sold to well-known Patek Philippe customers, and the seventh is headed for the permanent collection in the magnificent Patek Philippe Museum.

In the video below you can see the amazing level of detail that went into making this amazing watch, which the Wall Street Journal reports cost $2.6 Million to purchase.

This insanely beautiful Patek Philippe is hand engraved and completely reversible, so the wearer can flip it around and wear it with either side displayed! You can learn much more about this magnificent masterpiece by visiting the special dedicated microsite page on

The illustration below showcase the amazing movement details.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Patek Philippe Coolness: Gianni Agnelli World Time Patek Philippe Reference 1415HU

...Supreme Italian Style...

Patek Philippe Coolness: Gianni Agnelli
World Time Patek Philippe
Reference 1415HU

Gianni Agnelli was an Italian industrialist and he was well known for his sense of fashion and style. He had an unusual habit of wearing his beautiful wristwatches on the outside of his shirt cuff.

In this image, we see Gianni Agnelli sporting his trademark pink gold Patek Philippe World Time Reference 1415HU (Heure Universelle) around 1960.

The Patek Philippe picture below is not the one in the photo above but it gives you an idea of what Gianni Angelli's Patek Philippe 1415HU looked like.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph History

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph History

My pal Benjamin Clymer who is the founder of Hodinkee just launched a new video series named "Reference Points" and in this first episode he had the opportunity to sit down with New York vintage Patek Philippe dealer and collector, Michael Safdie of Madison Fine Time to discuss these rare beauties. You can see many more photos and check out the complete story on Hodinkee.

Below is the original video Hodinkee did on Madison Fine Time:

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