No, the 5170P is more like a rich grandpa with gemstone cufflinks: bizarre, but face-to-face you’ll probably want to keep your opinion to yourself.The Patek Philippe Womens Watch Vintage Replica 5170P is intriguing because I could envision it to be far over the top for some, and rather stale in the view of others. It is, because it requires that stealth-wealth only lug-diamond and complete platinum nonsense to a different level by showing a number of the lion’s teeth on front. I mean, without the diamonds and in lowly rose gold, this already is a ~$75k view, so why don’t you let it live a little?Last thing worth considering is how there could be a particular charm to brilliantly executed watches from large brands which nevertheless show off a little — and also the 5170P is near to being a solid example at that. However, once we talk of brilliance in execution, reflective crystals really shouldn’t be a part of the discussion. Legibility shouldn’t be forfeited for any reason, and that’s why the baguette markers operate so nicely: they function to style while also being exorbitantly unnecessary and luxurious. The same cannot be said about the destroyed crystal. I understand it supposedly works in the boutique, but it is an inexplicable and total fail everywhere else. It’s like rocking this opinion with a perfect tux — then walking everywhere with a blot on your lapel.In outline, I find the 5170P to be one of the more intriguing recent novelties from the new, worth noting since it packs a quintessential Patek Philippe chronograph standard using a fantastic dial up and, thanks to its own diamonds, “a touch of class” — as Basil Fawlty would call it. The Patek Philippe Calatrava line of time-only watches has often been unfortunately relegated to live in the shadow cast from the brand’s more complicated pieces such as their perpetual calendars or their instantly recognizable sport watch versions in the Nautilus and Aquanaut. Honestly, it’s understandable since demure 3-hand time only watches have been a cornerstone of this line, but every now and then there are standouts that do something a little different.
Already expected to smash records when its sale was first announced in July, the Patek Philippe ref. 1518 in stainless steel – reputedly one of just four made – hammered for SFr9.6m at Phillips’ The Geneva Watch Auction: Four. With fees, the sale price was SFr11m, making it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction, comfortably surpassing the SFr7.3m made by the Patek Philippe ref. 5016A “Only Watch” last year.
The record sum – equivalent to US$10.7m – was reached after several minutes of tense bidding amongst several parties, including well known collectors and dealers in the room. But at the end, it was down to just two phone bidders, each represented by Sam Hines and Paul Maudsley respectively, with Maudsley’s client triumphing in the end.
This clip captures the moment Phillips’ Aurel Bacs brought the hammer down.
While the bidder’s identity is unknown, Maudsley, who is head of Phillips’ watch department in London, also represented the winning bidder for the ref. 5016A “Only Watch” last year.