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Sotheby’s New York to Offer An Extraordinary Private Collection of Watches by Patek Philippe

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May 2014


Sotheby’s New York auction of Important Watches on 10 June 2014 will offer a remarkable selection of wristwatches by Patek Philippe from a visionary private collection, featuring a groundbreaking group of five pieces commissioned in titanium.

The collection is led by the Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon, a previously undocumented reference and the only known example of Patek Philippe’s coveted Sky Moon Tourbillon in titanium (est. $1/1.5 million*), as well as the legendary 1923 Officier, the first split-seconds chronograph wristwatch produced by the firm (est. $800,000/1.2 million).

Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon by Patek Philippe (est. /1.5 million)
Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon by Patek Philippe (est. $1/1.5 million)

The collection includes additional references by Patek Philippe that have remained unknown to collectors, as well as unique pieces incorporating rare materials and designs beyond titanium.

1923 Officier by Patek Philippe (est. 0,000/1.2 million)
1923 Officier by Patek Philippe (est. $800,000/1.2 million)

Together estimated at more than $3 million, the 12 wristwatches will travel to Geneva this May before returning to Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries for exhibition beginning 6 June.

Ref 5033T Titanium Automatic Annual Calendar Minute Repeating Wristwatch by Patek Philippe (est. 0/600,000)
Ref 5033T Titanium Automatic Annual Calendar Minute Repeating Wristwatch by Patek Philippe (est. $400/600,000)

Daryn Schnipper, Chairman of Sotheby’s Watch & Clock Department, commented: “When first learning about this collection, it was almost impossible to conceive of so many important yet unknown pieces from Patek Philippe. The five titanium watches are an absolute revelation. The superior metal makes each of the watches the best version of itself, highlighting the complications while also making the pieces eminently wearable – the experience of picking up and feeling how light they are is incredible. This group is a testament to the influence and ultimate connoisseurship of its collector, who had the foresight to customize these references in discreet yet significant ways. It is a true privilege to offer these watches at auction in June.”

To discover all the lots and for more information, click HERE

Source: Sotheby’s