It’s likely to take a particular kind of buyer who enjoys the Patek tradition and wants a very simple dress watch but has also seen their share of watches which seem like heirlooms straight out of the boutique. I think Patek Philippe would do well to earn a steel option but for now it is only going to be available in white gold. Priced at just around $30,000, it’s about what you’d expect for a golden Patek Philippe time-only watch. I am tenuously positive concerning the opinion but it is a substantial sticker price for your quirky cousin in the Calatrava family. Auctions are ideal for the selling of special items which are not otherwise on the market.For that reason, I always look forward to the intriguing watches which are contributed to the Only Watch auction series that’s currently being conducted by the auction house Christie’s. Only Watch is an event that we’ve covered a good deal through the years on aBlogtoWatch, and the next installment of the biennial auction house will happen at Geneva on November 11th, 2017. The Only Watch auction series isn’t as powerful an event because it was, but its main theme continues to be respected. The notion is that watch brands publish unique watches made especially to be given and sold in the auction. These are unique prototypes or are the first in a limited-edition series. The profits (minus all kinds of fees, I am sure) are to be given to Association Monegasque Contre le Myopathies (AMM) whose goal is to fund medical research to help treat a type of muscular dystrophy.Only Watch is just as strong as the watches that are donated by watch manufacturers. These are tax write-offs as well as a way to gain publicity and an ego boost. Brands like to see their goods go under the gavel and get purchased by collectors. With that said, there’s nothing to stop brands from bidding in their watches either directly or by means of a proxy. So, in my opinion, the actual numerical value of exactly what the watches end up going for in the auction needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The exact same philosophy should be put on the outcomes of any auction, since they merely represent what one buyer, that happened to be present, was ready to do on that day.
First unveiled in 2014 at Patek Philippe‘s 175th anniversary celebrations, the Grandmaster Chime was then announced as a six piece limited edition with a heavily engraved case. The most complicated Patek Philippe Watches Las Vegas Replica wristwatch ever, and also its first wristwatch with a grande and petite sonnerie, the Grandmaster Chime is now, unexpectedly, back in the collection.
The new Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300G has the exact same movement as the six piece limited edition, but sans the fancy case decoration – and it is part of the regular collection. Or as regular as a US$2.25 million watch can be.
While the key complication in the Grandmaster Chime is the grande and petite sonnerie, which strikes the time automatically as it passes like a grandfather clock, it include a slew of other complications. Those include an alarm, date repeater that chimes out the date, second time zone, and an instantaneous perpetual calendar.
Because the calibre GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM has 20 complications in total – too numerous for one dial – the Grandmaster Chime requires a reversible case so that the displays on both faces can be visible on the wrist. That’s the same 47.4 mm case as 175th anniversary edition, except now in white gold with a clous de Paris, or hobnail, engraving.
While the six owners of the 175th anniversary Grandmaster Chime might be miffed at this abasing of the limited edition, the new ref. 6300 does keep the 1366-part movement “alive” as Patek Philippe notes, instead of relegating it to a mere six examples.
The price of this lively watch is SFr2.2 million, equivalent to US$2.25 million.