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Patek Philippe Ref. 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon, Rare Handcrafts Geneva

Eliminar el término: Patek Philippe Ref. 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe Ref. 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon, Rare Handcrafts Geneva

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Christie’s Watches Online: The New York Edition – “Andy Warhols Patek Philippe calatrava watch”

Christie’s Watches Online: The New York Edition

A selection of highlights from our upcoming sale

Patek Philippe, Perpetual Calendar, Chronograph, Platinum, Diamonds, Ref. 3990E

CIRCA: 1994
CASE MATERIAL: Platinum, Diamonds
CASE DIAMETER: 35.5mm
MOVEMENT NO’:876.839
CASE NO’: 2.945.342
DIAL: Black, Diamonds
MOVEMENT: Manual
FUNCTIONS: Perpetual Calendar, Chronograph
BOX: Yes
PAPERS: No
ACCESSORIES: Patek Philippe Platinum and Diamond Tang Buckle, An Additional White Diamond Patek Philippe Dial, A Patek Philippe Extract From the Archives Confirming Date of Sale: September 14th, 1994, Product Literature, Patek Philippe Service Box, Patek Philippe Presentation Box
$150,000-250,000


Patek Philippe, American Calendar Pocket Watch, 18K Yellow Gold, Ref. 725/4

CIRCA: 1969
CASE MATERIAL: 18k Yellow Gold
CASE DIAMETER: 46mm
MOVEMENT NO’: 931.257
CASE NO’: 327.503
DIAL: White
MOVEMENT: Manual
FUNCTIONS: American Calendar, Digital Display, Moonphases,
Subsidiary Seconds
BOX: No
PAPERS: No
ACCESORIES: A Patek Philippe Extract From the Archives Confirming
Date of Sale April 17th, 1973
$30,000-50,000


Patek Philippe, Retailed by Hausmann & Co., 18K Gold Wristwatch, Ref. 570, Formerly Owned by Andy Warhol

CIRCA:1954
CASE MATERIAL: 18k Yellow Gold
CASE DIAMETER: 35.5mm
DIAL: Silver
MOVEMENT: Manual
FUNCTIONS: Time Only
BOX: No
PAPERS: No
ACCESSORIES: A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming date of sale on June 20, 1955, Sotheby’s 1988 Jewelry and Watches Catalogs, featuring this watch as Lot 264 of the December section ‘The Andy Warhol Collection’
$45,000-95,000


Cartier, Crash, 18K Pink Gold, Ref. W1544251

CIRCA: 2003
CASE MATERIAL: 18k Pink Gold
CASE DIAMETER: 38mm X 23mm
DIAL: White
MOVEMENT: Manual
FUNCTIONS: Time Only
BOX: No
PAPERS: No
ACCESSORIES: 18k Pink Gold Cartier Deployant Buckle, Cartier Sales Receipt Dated December 31, 2003, A Cartier Valuation Report for insurance value Dated September 27, 20
$40,000-60,000


Rolex, Triple Calendar, Chronograph, Steel, Ref. 6036

CIRCA: 1963
CASE MATERIAL: Steel
CASE DIAMETER: 36.5mm
SERIAL NO: 943969
DIAL: White
MOVEMENT: Manual
FUNCTIONS: Day, Date, Month, Chronograph
CALIBER: 72C
BOX: No
PAPERS: No
$80,000-120,000


Breguet, 18K White Gold, Skeletonized, Tourbillion, Ref. 3355

CIRCA: 2010s
CASE MATERIAL: 18k White Gold
CASE DIAMETER: 36mm
DIAL: Skeletonized
MOVEMENT: Manual
FUNCTIONS: Skeletonized, Tourbillon
BOX: No
PAPERS: No
ACCESSORIES: White Gold Tang Buckle
$30,000-50,000


Rolex, Chronograph, Steel, Ref. 6034

CIRCA: 1963
CASE MATERIAL: Steel
CASE DIAMETER: 36.5mm
SERIAL: 907700
BRACELET MATERIAL: Steel
BRACELET SIZE: Approximately 165mm Overall Length
DIAL: White
MOVEMENT: Manual
FUNCTIONS: Chronograph
BOX: No
PAPERS: No
$20,000-40,000


Rolex, Sea Dweller, “Great White”, Steel, Ref. 1665

CIRCA: 1978 CASE MATERIAL: Steel
CASE DIAMETER: 40mm
SERIAL: 5410564
BRACELET MATERIAL: Steel
BRACELET SIZE: Approximately 185mm Overall Length
DIAL: Black
MOVEMENT: Automatic
FUNCTIONS: Date,
BOX: No
PAPERS: No
ACCESSORIES: Original Crystal Included
$18,000-24,000


Patek Philippe, Nautilus, Steel, Diamonds, Ref. 3800/1

CIRCA: 1996
CASE MATERIAL: Steel
CASE DIAMETER: 35.5mm
MOVEMENT NO’: 3.021.860
CASE NO’:4.009.746
BRACELET MATERIAL: Steel
BRACELET SIZE: Approximately 175mm Overall Length
DIAL: Black, Diamonds
MOVEMENT: Automatic
FUNCTIONS: Date
BOX: Yes
PAPERS: No
ACCESSORIES: Patek Philippe Outer Box, Patek Philippe Presentation Box, A Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives, Confirming Date of Sale February, 26th 1997
$30,000-50,000


Patek Philippe, Perpetual Caledar Chronograph, Yellow Gold, Ref. 5970J, Double Sealed

ψ This image is of a similar watch of the same model for display purposes only and is not the actual watch being offered for sale nor included in this lot. The endangered species strap is also shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The actual watch for sale will be supplied with a calf leather strap.
CIRCA: 2008
CASE MATERIAL: 18k Yellow Gold
CASE DIAMETER: 40mm
DIAL: White
MOVEMENT: Manual
FUNCTIONS: Perpetual Calendar, Chronograph, Moonphases
BOX: Yes
PAPERS: Yes
ACCESSORIES: 18k Yellow Gold Patek Philippe Buckle, Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, Patek Philippe Presentation Box, Leather Folder, Product Literature
ψ Please note the endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. Upon sale, this watch bag will be cut and the watch will be supplied to the buyer with a non CITES strap (not shown). For further information please refer to the Conditions of Sale.
$100,000-150,000

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Exhibition “DIPTYQUES” A HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONS, Singapore, 1st March – 31st March 2021

Exhibition “DIPTYQUES” A HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONS, Singapore, 1st March – 31st March 2021

  • Singapore, 1st March – 11th April 2021, at Vacheron Constantin boutiques, ION Orchard & Marina Bay Sands
  • Seventeen timepieces from the Vacheron Constantin private Heritage collection pay tribute to the encounters that have punctuated the history of the Maison

Singapore, March 1st 2021 – Seventeen timepieces from the Vacheron Constantin private Heritage collection pay tribute to the encounters that have punctuated the history of the Maison. They retrace the saga of these incredible collaborative endeavours resulting in technical and artistic breakthroughs that have in turn given life to exceptional horological creations and instruments, thereby writing significant chapters in the history of Fine Watchmaking. The exhibition “DIPTYQUES” A HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONS will take place at the Vacheron Constantin boutiques, in ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands, from March 1st to March 31st, 2021.

« DIPTYQUES » A HISTORY OF COLLABORATIONS, is all about personalities bound by a sense of kinship, mutually enriching visions and complementary skills. People such as Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron, a technically gifted watchmaker who was the grandson of the Maison’s founder; and astute businessman and intrepid traveller François Constantin, who combined their talents in 1819.

This encounter, of which the bicentenary is being celebrated in 2019, gave rise to the signature of the Maison, a subtle balance between horological excellence and stylistic virtuosity, and to its motto: “Do better if possible, and that is always possible ”. Diptyques tells the story of how the ensuing encounters in turn contributed to ever greater advancements.

From Emile Plantamour to Albert Pellaton, from Raymond Moretti to Michel Butor, intellectual and manual intelligence lie at the heart of this extraordinary watchmaking epic, driven by a taste for challenges and passion. Human beings are both the architects and artisans of these large-scale projects.

They embody this visionary, enlightened thought, as well as the expertise that is its logical extension. Hired by Vacheron Constantin in 1839 as a watchmaker specialising in mechanics and construction, Georges-Auguste Leschot invented the revolutionary pantograph, designed to standardise the production of watch movements and to enable industrial-scale component manufacture. In 1932, Louis Cottier developed the world time display indicating the time zones by means of an ingenious rotating disc device.

Ferdinand Verger, a renowned jeweller with a knowledge of watchmaking, made a Fabergé egg for the tsar in 1880 comprising a Vacheron Constantin movement. His sons proved themselves worthy heirs by making watches with complications and richly decorated clocks until the 1930s.

In 2010, Anita Porchet, an expert in the art of miniature enamelling, created a masterpiece for the Maison: a watch identically reproducing the ceiling of the Opéra Garnier as painted by Marc Chagall.Vacheron Constantin thereby highlights these numerous synergies. Each is a challenge, a bold move, a wild dream come true through the genius of these watchmakers and artisans. Each is a unique brick in the Haute Horlogerie edifice to which Vacheron Constantin contributes, as a trailblazing pioneer and inveterate builder.

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Watches highlight:

Reference 10823 – 1824
VACHERON & CONSTANTIN
18K yellow gold pocket watch, guilloché case, date indication, enamel dial 1824
Vacheron Constantin Heritage Private Collection

Reference 11178 – 1930
VACHERON CONSTANTIN & VERGER FRÈRES
18K white and yellow gold wristwatch with shutters, two sapphire-set crowns1930
Vacheron Constantin Heritage Private Collection

Reference 11289 – 1949
VACHERON CONSTANTIN & LOUIS COTTIER
18K yellow gold worldtime pocket watch, 24 time zones and 41 cities indication, silvered dial 1949H.
H. Prince H. Daoud of Egypt provenance
Vacheron Constantin Heritage Private Collection

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Schedule
VACHERON CONSTANTIN ION ORCHARD BOUTIQUE 
Date: 1 – 17 MARCH 2021
Hours: 10:00 AM – 9.30 PM Daily
Address: Vacheron Constantin ION Orchard Boutique, 2 Orchard Turn #02-07 Singapore 238801

VACHERON CONSTANTIN MARINA BAY SANDS BOUTIQUE
Date: 18 – 31 MARCH 2021
Hours: 11:00AM – 10:00PM Daily
Address: Vacheron Constantin Marina Bay Sands boutique

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2M-238 Singapore 018972

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WATCHES AND WONDERS 2021

WATCHES AND WONDERS 2021

WATCHMAKING WORLDWIDE IN THE SPOTLIGHT IN APRIL 2021, ONLINE AND OFFLINE

In a watchmaking world first, Watches and Wonders will welcome the industry’s foremost names at a major professional gathering in two parts. First, some 40 prestigious brands will convene, April 7-13, on the new watchesandwonders.com digital platform. Then, some 15 brands will be at the live Watches and Wonders Shanghai event in April 2021. That is, a single event spanning online and offline for a celebration of watchmaking excellence.

From Geneva to Shanghai, Watches and Wonders 2021 brings together the leading names in watchmaking worldwide for a phygital experience

Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021 moves forward and innovates with a major industry gathering taking place in two phases in April 2021. A month during which watchmaking worldwide will be held in the spotlight online and offline. Some forty leading brands will be present, April 7-13, on the newly enhanced watchesandwonders.com digital platform. On the agenda: networking, discussions and enhanced interactivity as brands reveal their 2021 new releases. This digital gathering will be followed a few days later, by the Watches and Wonders Shanghai physical Salon, where some 15 exhibiting brands will present their latest timepieces. In other words, a single event that unites the watch industry’s leading names in digital and physical format. A first.
While uncertainty surrounding the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the Watches and Wonders Geneva Exhibitor Committee to rethink the format of the Salon, scheduled April 7-13, 2021, the need remains for a large-scale event that brings watchmaking’s professionals and principal stakeholders together in a single location, both to ensure business continuity and to connect brands, retailers and international media. In the face of an uncertain health situation, Watches and Wonders shows its agility and is initiating a powerful momentum that will take place both online and offline. This gets under way April 7-13 when Watches and Wonders Geneva hosts 38 brands on the new watchesandwonders.com platform. Next, in China, where a few days later, some 15 brands are exhibiting at the second edition of Watches and Wonders Shanghai inside the West Bund Art Center.

Watches and Wonders Geneva, welcoming the great names in watchmaking All the brands that confirmed their presence at the physical Salon, including Cartier,Chanel, Chopard, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hermès, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tudor and Ulysse Nardin, will be joined by new arrivals, among which are Bvlgari, Carl F. Bucherer, Hublot, Louis Vuitton, TAG Heuer and Zenith. This will be the first time that so many of the most prestigious names in watchmaking have united around this initiative: namely a vast but exclusive online event for retail and media professionals, as well as brands’ VIP customers who are invited to preview the new releases for 2021.

To facilitate interaction and enable visitors from around the world to enjoy the full Watches and Wonders experience, the watchesandwonders.com platform – successfully introduced in April 2020 – launches with additional features. More interactive, more functional and focused on services and exchange, this upgraded version is designed to favour synergies, communication and networking. Visitors become actors, not just onlookers, in a robust program that includes multiple opportunities to directly interact with the brands through live chats and streams.

On the agenda: product launches and major partnership announcements by the brands, online press calls, a live Morning Show bringing daily analysis of what’s new at the Salon, plus panels and talks led by key industry figures and influential personalities. Curated by the participating brands and by specialists at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the organizer of the Salon, this wealth of content will run throughout the full seven days in a celebration of the creativity and expertise of watchmaking excellence.

Watches and Wonders Shanghai, the physical fair returns Carrying on the momentum from the Watches and Wonders Geneva digital Salon will be an exclusive event, held in Shanghai. Coming after the successful inaugural edition of Watches and Wonders Shanghai in September 2020, and observing full health and safety measures, the West Bund Art Center will welcome some 15 brands for its second edition, including new arrivals such as Chopard, Rolex, Tudor and Ulysse Nardin.

The event will be open by invitation only to media, retailers and watch enthusiasts who will be first to see, in the metal, the new releases unveiled just days before on the watchesandwonders.com platform. They can look forward to a rich and varied program that emphasizes the art and culture of watchmaking. Workbench demonstrations, talks and discussions, interactive experiences and decoding of the latest technological innovations from the exhibiting brands inside the LAB will surround visitors with the wonders of watchmaking excellence. This unique date in the calendar further anchors Watches and Wonders in the dynamic Chinese market and confirms its position as a must-see event for the watch community in Asia.

Depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves, more Watches and Wonders physical events may be added, to provide professionals and enthusiasts with an opportunity to discover the new releases for 2021 along with a hands-on experience. For 2022, the leading names in the watch industry are looking forward to gathering, in person, at the next Watches and Wonders Geneva, which will be the biggest watch Salon ever held in Geneva. This already highly anticipated event will take place
in spring 2022 at Palexpo.

Until then, Watches and Wonders looks forward to welcoming you from April 7 to 13, 2021 for the first chapter of this exciting momentum of fine watchmaking.
Stay connected! #watchesandwonders2021

BRANDS ON THE WATCHESANDWONDERS.COM DIGITAL PLATFORM PARTICIPATING BRANDS | A. LANGE & SÖHNE | ARNOLD & SON | BAUME & MERCIER | BVLGARI | CARL F. BUCHERER | CARTIER | CHANEL | CHOPARD | CHRONOSWISS | CORUM | FERDINAND BERTHOUD | GREUBEL FORSEY | H. MOSER & CIE. | HERMÈS | HUBLOT | IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN | JAEGER-LECOULTRE | LOUIS MOINET | LOUIS VUITTON | MAURICE LACROIX | MONTBLANC | NOMOS GLASHÜTTE |ORIS | PANERAI | PATEK PHILIPPE | PIAGET | PURNELL | REBELLION TIMEPIECES | RESSENCE | ROGER DUBUIS | ROLEX | SPEAKE-MARIN | TAG HEUER | TRILOBE | TUDOR | ULYSSE NARDIN |
VACHERON CONSTANTIN | ZENITH BRANDS EXHIBITING AT WATCHES AND WONDERS SHANGHAI EXHIBITING BRANDS | A. LANGE & SÖHNE | BAUME & MERCIER | CARTIER |
CHOPARD | IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN | JAEGER-LECOULTRE | MONTBLANC | PANERAI | PIAGET | ROGER DUBUIS | ROLEX | TUDOR | ULYSSE NARDIN | VACHERON CONSTANTIN

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El Huer Mónaco de Steve Mcqueen alcanza los 2,2 millones de dolares en la subasta de Phillips “Racing Pulse”

EL HUER MÓNACO DE STEVE MCQUEEN, REGALADO A SU MECÁNICO PERSONAL

HAIG ALLTOUNIAN, ALCANZA LOS 2.208.000 DE DÓLARES EN LA SUBASTA DE PHILLIPS “RACING PULSE”.

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Credit—-Photo-by-Bernard-Cahier—Getty-Images

El último ejemplar conocido del Heuer Mónaco propiedad de McQueen y regalado por él a su mecánico personal, se subastó en la emblemática subasta de relojes de Nueva York por Phillips en asociación con Bacs & Russo, convirtiéndose en el reloj de pulsera Heuer más caro jamás vendido.

EL HUER MÓNACO DE STEVE MCQUEEN, ALCANZA LOS 2.2 MILLONES DE DÓLARES

EL HUER MÓNACO DE STEVE MCQUEEN, ALCANZA LOS 2.2 MILLONES DE DÓLARES

Nueva York, 12 de diciembre de 2020. El último Heuer Monaco conocido, que Steve McQueen usó mientras rodaba su icónica película de carreras Le Mans (1971), batió el récord de 2.208.000 dólares en la subasta Phillips RACING PULSE en la ciudad de Nueva York. Este reloj es el reloj de pulsera Heuer más importante de todos los tiempos, y uno de los más célebres del siglo XX. El Heuer Monaco, situado en el Lote 20 fue una de las estrellas de la subasta, transmitida en directo desde la ciudad de Nueva York con una asistencia récord en línea.

El reloj, que originalmente figuraba como “estimado a pedido”, abrió con una oferta de 200.000 dólares. Después de una guerra de pujas de 7 minutos, el reloj se vendió finalmente a un postor en línea por 1.800.000 dólares antes de la prima del comprador, marcando un récord de precio para un Heuer en la subasta, y convirtiéndose en el reloj de pulsera Heuer más caro jamás vendido. Los entusiastas de los relojes de todo el mundo siguieron este momento histórico en línea y por teléfono.

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SteveMcQueen-Le-Mans—Credit—BFA-Alamy-Stock-Photo

Frédéric Arnault, Director General de TAG Heuer, compartió: “El Heuer Mónaco de Steve McQueen no sólo se convirtió en uno de los relojes más reconocidos y celebrados del siglo pasado, sino que comenzó a formar parte de la cultura de TAG Heuer. Nos hemos sentido emocionados por el entusiasmo mostrado por la comunidad relojera durante la subasta, y este resultado récord es un testamento de la importancia histórica y el legado continuado de este reloj TAG Heuer”. Paul Boutros, Jefe de las Américas de Phillips Watches, y el Vicepresidente Senior compartieron:

“Fue un gran honor que se le confiara la venta de este Heuer Monaco en nombre del Sr. Alltounian. Habiendo generado un tremendo interés por parte de coleccionistas y entusiastas de todo el mundo, estamos encantados con este resultado de récord mundial. Este reloj histórico siempre estará asociado al glamour y la emoción de las carreras automovilísticas, y puede considerarse sin duda uno de los relojes de pulsera Heuer más importantes de todos los tiempos”.

Introducido en 1969, el Mónaco de Heuer fue un cambio de juego. Fue el primer reloj de pulsera de cronógrafo de cuerda automática cuadrado e impermeable (caja Piquerez) del mundo, impulsado por el movimiento Calibre 11, identificado por una masa oscilante de microrotor y la inusual colocación de la corona en el lado izquierdo de la caja del reloj. Hoy en día, la referencia Mónaco 1133 es un icono entre los aficionados a los cronógrafos con un legado perdurable en la industria relojera.

Diseñado por Jack Heuer, el reloj recibió el nombre del famoso circuito de Fórmula Uno y fue elegido por Steve McQueen como el cronógrafo elegido cuando se inició el rodaje en Le Mans en 1970. El reloj fue regalado al mecánico jefe de la película y al mecánico personal de McQueen, Haig Alltounian, por Steve McQueen al final del rodaje. Enviado directamente por Alltounian, la caja del reloj tiene el grabado “TO HAIG Le MANS 1970”, dedicado a él por McQueen.

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VACHERON CONSTANTIN – El reloj de bolsillo con más complicaciones jamás realizado

REFERENCIA 57260 - El reloj más complicado que se haya hecho jamás - Vacheron Constantin

El reloj con más complicaciones jamás realizado

El reloj Reference 57260 ha sido completamente diseñado y elaborado por tres relojeros de la Casa dedicados a este proyecto durante ocho años, asistidos por el equipo de pedidos especiales Vacheron Constantin, este reloj con grandes complicaciones consolida 260 años de savoir-faire ennoblecido por la búsqueda de la excelencia.

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Diseñado utilizando los principios clásicos de la relojería y las técnicas innovadoras del siglo XXI, este reloj tiene el mayor número de complicaciones del mundo y ofrece una increíble combinación de complicaciones y funciones para la medida del tiempo que responden a los criterios que exige la certificación Poinçon de Genève (Sello de Ginebra).

 

REFERENCIA 57260 - El reloj más complicado que se haya hecho jamás - Vacheron Constantin

La realización del reloj con más complicaciones del mundo no solo necesitó de una perseverancia continua, sino que también exigió un nivel de conocimientos matemáticos y de relojería jamás alcanzado.

Pieza única realizada a medida

Certificado Poinçon de Genève (Sello de Ginebra)

Este reloj de bolsillo, evolución técnica sin precedentes para la Alta Relojería, es una realización que nace del sueño y encargo de un gran coleccionista y de la voluntad de la Casa de sobrepasar sus propios límites.

REFERENCIA 57260 - El reloj más complicado que se haya hecho jamás - Vacheron Constantin

REFERENCIA 57260 – El reloj más complicado que se haya hecho jamás – Vacheron Constantin

Excelencia técnica

Al combinar los principios clásicos de la relojería con los últimos avances técnicos, el reloj Reference 57260 es una creación original que totaliza 57 complicaciones, muchas inéditas, entre ellas varios calendarios y un cronógrafo con ratrapante doble retrógrado.

Excelencia estética

Con su esfera doble, el reloj Reference 57260 ofrece una indicación elegante con una legibilidad perfecta, haciendo que esta obra maestra de la relojería sea magníficamente armoniosa en una caja de oro blanco de líneas depuradas y equilibradas.

Excelencia técnica

Al combinar los principios clásicos de la relojería con los últimos avances técnicos, el reloj Reference 57260 es una creación original que totaliza 57 complicaciones, muchas inéditas, entre ellas varios calendarios y un cronógrafo con ratrapante doble retrógrado.

Todas las complicaciones

57 complicaciones

Las complicaciones por familia

6 funciones para la medida del tiempo

7 funciones del calendario perpetuo

8 funciones del calendario hebraico

9 funciones del calendario astronómico

1 función del calendario lunar

1 función del calendario religioso

4 funciones del cronógrafo con 3 ruedas de pilares

7 funciones del despertador

8 funciones del carillón de Westminster

6 otras funciones

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COLLECIONISMO: RELOJES – PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVA, SUBASTA EN SOTHEBY’S

PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENEVA, REFERENCE 989, MOVEMENT NO. 844000, CASE NO. 2839425, STARTED IN 1980 AND COMPLETED IN 1989 TO COMMEMORATE PATEK PHILIPPE’S 150TH JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY

A yellow gold, double dialled and double open faced, minute repeating, grande and petite sonnerie clockwatch with Westminster chimes, split seconds chronograph, registers for 60-minutes and 12-hours, perpetual calendar, retrograde date, indications for century, leap year cycle, seasons, second time zone, date of Easter, astrological indications, moon phases, equation of time, dual power reserve for striking and going trains, mean and sidereal time, alarm, temperature, indications for times of sunrise/sunset and a celestial chart for the night time sky over Geneva, Switzerland at 46° 11’ 59” minutes north latitudeAccompanied by the original Patek Philippe fitted wood box with a plaque engraved, ‘Calibre 89’. Together with a Patek Philippe Portfolio with Extract from the Archives confirming the date of manufacture in 1989, with outer presentation slip case, gold corrector and gold key.reloj
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READ CONDITION REPORT SALEROOM NOTICE

PROVENANCE

Antiquorum, Geneva, April 1989, The Art of Patek Philippe, lot 301The Matsuda Collection, Tokyo

Antiquorum, Geneva, November 2009, Celebrating 35 Years of Making History in Time, lot 364

Property of a Private Collector

EXHIBITED

Tiffany & Co., New York, March 7–10, 1989 and Beverly Hills, March 14–15, 1989

LITERATURE

Martin Huber and Alan Banbery, Patek Philippe, Geneva, 1993 (2nd ed.), pp. 274–286Alan Downing and René Bittel, Voyage to the End of Time, Geneva, 1989

Nicholas Foulkes, Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography, London, 2016, pp. 321–355

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CATALOGUE NOTE

IN THE COURSE OF PATEK PHILIPPE’S DISTINGUISHED HISTORY, THE FIRM HAS CREATED MANY EXTRAORDINARY WATCHES THAT HAVE CHALLENGED THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT TIMEPIECES.  AMONGST THE MANY COMPLICATED AND SIGNIFICANT TIMEPIECES EVER CREATED, THE CALIBRE 89 HAS REDEFINED THE FIELD OF HOROLOGY DUE TO THE INGENUITY OF ITS CREATORS.  IT IS AN HONOUR TO OFFER THE CALIBRE 89, THE MOST COMPLICATED WATCH OF THE 20TH CENTURY, AND PATEK PHILIPPE’S MOST COMPLICATED MASTERPIECE TO DATE. 

Philippe Stern: A Declaration of Independence

 Throughout its 178 years as a master watchmaking firm, Patek Philippe has created an abundance of extraordinary watches, challenging the way consumers think about timepieces. Among the most complicated and significant watches ever created, the Calibre 89 not only represents Patek Philippe’s unrivaled position at the apex of horology, but it also illustrates the firm’s unwavering belief in the superiority of the mechanical watch. Made at a time when the impact of the quartz crisis was still reverberating through the Swiss watch industry, the Calibre 89 is an affirmation of the unsurpassable genius of the watchmaker’s art. With 33 complications, the Calibre 89 remains Patek Philippe’s most complicated watch.

 While the Swiss watch industry underwent profound advances and changes, Honorary President, (then Vice President and Managing Director) Philippe Stern, boldly faced the challenges of the modern world with a new manifesto. Under Stern, the company published a brochure titled A Declaration of Independence in 1974. Patek Philippe reaffirmed its integrity as a family-owned business and reassured its retail partners of its commitment to excellence in the face of the mass-produced and easily accessible quartz watch.

 Stern’s challenge was to push Patek Philippe into the modern world while retaining the venerable culture on which its success and reputation originated. The company’s new approach to marketing and innovation redefined Patek Philippe in the final two decades of the twentieth century.  Changes in socioeconomic status and consumer culture paved the way for a new type of consumer with very high spending power but little knowledge of traditional and bespoke brands such as Patek Philippe.  Stern wisely targeted this deficit through an aggressive and cohesive marketing strategy.

 “Our marketing objective is to make Patek Philippe known as the best watch. We have to look after this new clientele and point out to them that Patek Philippe stands for original watchmaking that is above fashion and trends, and also something that is not an industrial product.” (Philippe Stern in Nicholas Foulkes, Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography, 2016, p. 338)

 The Calibre 89 was devised during a discussion beD

Secular Calendar and Leap Year:  The Perpetual Calendar shows the correct day of the week, date of the month and month of the year regardless of the length of the month, it also adjusts for the leap year.  Since the duration of a Solar year is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds, an extra day is added every four years (leap year).  According to the Gregorian Calendar reforms of 1582, only century years that are divisible by 400 without remainder are considered leap years.  Unlike the Graves, the Calibre 89 compensates for this, thus it will not count the years 2100, 2200 and 2300 as leap years.

The aperture immediately to the right of the year indication displays the leap year cycle from 1-4..

Year Indication: The year indication appears in an aperture right under the winding-crown-position indicator.  A metal disk has the numerals for centuries up to the 27th century.

Mechanism to halt chime: Two mainspring barrels in the first tier of the movement power the chime and the alarm.  The chime consists of four gongs, and is regulated by a centrifugal governor.  When the repeater is in use, it can run down the mainspring in the barrel that powers the chime.  If the watch is set to chime in passing, a blocking mechanism stops the Grand Strike or Small Strike before the mainspring of the chimes completely runs down.

Winding-Crown position indicator: The Winding Crown position indicator is also unique to the Calibre 89.  Placed towards the top of the mean solar time dial, it indicates the different positions at which the winding crown must be at in order to set specific functions of the watch.  Position R to wind the movement and the chime, Position A to set astronomical calendar and the alarm, Position B to set sidereal time and mean solar time.

The Mean Time Dial

Cream dial, applied yellow gold Breguet numerals, outer track for minutes with red five minute divisions, double-sunk subsidiary dials for 30-minute and 12-hour registers combined with power reserve indications for going and striking trains respectively, further double-sunk subsidiary dial for constant seconds and temperature combined with moon-phases, retrograde date, apertures for day, month, year, and leap year indication, crown position indicator, yellow gold Breguet hour and minute hands, blued steel Breguet hand for second time zone, blued steel split second hands, blued steel triangular alarm indicator, hands for temperature and power reserve indications, blued steel hands for subsidiary seconds and chronograph minute/hour registers

1. Winding-Crown-Position Indicator

2. Century Decade and Year

3. Leap Year Indication

4. Split Seconds

5. Seconds in Meantime

6. Power Reserve for Movement

7. 30-Minute Register

8. Month

9. Second Time Zone

10. Constant Seconds

11. Moon-Phases

12. Temperature °C

13. Day

14. Power Reserve for Chime

15. Alarm

16. Hours in Meantime

17. 12-Hour Register

18. Date

The Sidereal Dial

White dial, painted gold Arabic numerals calibrated for 24 hours, inner minute track, subsidiary dials for sunrise, sunset and sidereal seconds combined with the equation of time, outermost ring for seasons, solstice and equinox indications, zodiac, and months, blued steel feuille hands for hours and minutes, blued steel hand for indicating date of Easter, yellow gold sun-tipped hand indicating to outer rings, blued steel hands for sunrise/sunset and subsidiary seconds, gold hand for equation of time, large aperture revealing the celestial chart surrounded with the cardinal points, the celestial disc composed of corundum sapphire crystal marked with 2,800 distinct gilt stars in five sizes according to their orders of magnitude, on the reverse side of the transparent disc with applied fine gold dust representing the Milky Way, the whole night sky for the horizon at the latitude of Geneva, Switzerland, 46 ° 11’ 59” North

1. Month

2. Signs of the Zodiac

3. Seasons

4. Minutes in Sidereal time

5. Celestial Chart over Geneva, Switzerland

6. Time of Sunset

7. Constant Seconds in Sidereal Time

8. Solstice

9. Sun Hand

10. Equation of Time

11. Time of Sunrise

12. Equinox

13. Hours in Sidereal Time

14. Date of Easter

The movement of the Calibre 89 is composed of four separate tiers on three plates. The plates are made of the alloy maillechort, more commonly referred to as German silver. Within the movement are three mainspring barrels, powering the main functions of the watch and calendar, the alarm, and the repeat function respectively. The multi-tiered construction not only allows the watch to convey all the information of its 33 complications to the dial, but also allows the configuration of the dials to retain symmetry and attractive proportions.

 The Movement

Tier 1

Containing the chime, alarm, power reserve for the movement and repeater, and 12-hour register.

 Tier 2

Containing the mean-time, tourbillon, chronograph function and 30-minute register.

 Tier 3

Containing the functions of the sidereal dial including the sidereal time, star chart, seasons, solstices and equinoxes, Zodiac calendar, equation of time, sunrise and sunset.

 Tier 4

Containing the functions of the perpetual calendar including the month, day and date, moon phases, second time zone, and the one non-horological function, the thermometer.

The Case

The classic bassine case of the Calibre 89 was made in house by Patek Philippe. It is cut from three pieces of 18 carat yellow gold, and consists of a central case band that supports the plates of the movement, the band fitted with a slide at the crown, engraved CL (Cadran Légal) and CS (Cadran sidéral), slide for strike/ silent engraved S/O, for slide for petite sonnerie and grande sonnerie engraved GS/PS, repeat slide at 6 o’clock, one large slide for winding of the alarm, with two bezels on which the crystals are installed to protect the dials. Two corundum sapphire crystals are fitted atop each dial which is scratch resistant against virtually every common material, except diamond. The case boasts a massive diameter of 88.2 mm, 41.07 mm total thickness including the crystals, and, including the movement, weighs a total of 1,100 grams (2 lb, 43 oz). The case itself weighs an impressive 500 grams, twice the weight of the Henry Graves Supercomplication.

With such an enormous number of complications co-existing within one finely tuned case, even the simplest of functions and configurations were put to the test and met with challenges. The winding-crown-position indicator is a simple function where a needle points to one of the three positions to which the winding-crown is set to perform certain tasks. However, as the complication was developed and ordered after the entire watch had been designed, fitting this otherwise simple function was nearly impossible without the perfecting eye of Patek Philippe’s, Jean-Pierre Musy and Paul Buclin.