Author: J. Michael Mehltretter
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Release Date: 2012-10-01
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Through over 200 vivid color photos, detailed descriptions, and in-depth reporting about valuations, this book is a guide for both watch lovers and investors. It opens up new investment possibilities for the selection and purchase of rare watches by Patek Philippe using an unerringly promising approach! These valuable watches from Geneva represent real property. In an era of bank failures and immense losses, when investors are looking for investments in properties of certain value, classic Patek Philippe wristwatches can be nearly crisis-proof additions to an investment portfolio. This reference gives readers all the necessary details about vintage watches, from dials to hallmarks, allowing readers to invest with confidence. And, of course, this magnificent book contains plenty of information and beautiful photography for those who want only to appreciate the art, aesthetics, and technical excellence of these fine watches.
Patek Philippe & Co. the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer was founded in 1839 and remains to this day a family owned company (it was acquired in the 1930s by the Stern family). It designs and manufactures some of the world's most complicated and expensive mechanical watches and is widely considered the most prestigious watch brand in the world. Amongst many firsts, Patek was the first company to make a wrist watch and in 1933 Patek Philippe produced the first ultra-complicated (24 function) pocket-watch for Henry Graves, Jr., known as 'The Supercomplication'. The watch was auctioned at Sotheby's in November 2014 for $24,000,000, the most expensive timepiece ever sold. In 2014 it was revealed that Brad Pitt had paid $3m for a rare Patek Philippe 'J.B. Champion Observatory watch' as a gift for Angelina Jolie. Patek have commissioned Preface and Penguin Random House to create the definitive history of the company to celebrate their 175 anniversary. Overseen personally by owner Philippe Stern, Patek have opened their unique archive of timepieces and given the author complete access to their museum in Geneva. Patek have created a new archive of photographs especially for the book. Two years in preparation, this book is eagerly awaited by the millions of watch collectors around the world and will garner as much fanfair as the launch of one of their prestigious new designs.
With this magnificent volume, watch expert and authority John Goldberger, author of "100 Superlative Rolex Watches," presents the most beautiful and remarkable watches ever fitted with steel cases by the Geneva-based watch company Patek Philippe. With the collaboration of the world's leading collectors and connoisseurs, the collection presented in this exclusive publication is the result of painstaking research, supplemented by professional photographs that show the most minute details and characteristics of the movement, case and dial of each timekeeper. With 187 superb examples, as well as over 900 color illustrations and 800 descriptive texts, this volume offers the watch collector and enthusiast invaluable information about the finest rare masterpieces of Patek Philippe's production, including recent research on referencenumbers, dials, movements, related calibers and each watch's year of production. Organized in 12 chapters, this tome covers a century of the company's quintessential spirit and style.
Author: Herbert James
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Release Date: 2013-10-28
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
A young rebel named Antoni Norbert Patek de Prawdzic fled war-torn Poland in 1832 and embarked upon a career path that led him to watchmaker Jean-Adrien Philippe, inventor of the revolutionary built-in crown winding mechanism. In the 160 years since the pair founded Patek Philippe, the line has remained, without a doubt, one of the most traditional and noble watch manufacturers in the world. This illustrated book couples the most exclusive and beautiful timepieces the Genevan brand has ever manufactured with informative history and alluring photographs. Featured inside are several of the most popular examples from three of the company's outstanding watch families: the uncomplicated but cherished Calatrava collection, the groundbreaking sports line Nautilus, and the cross-generational Gondolo family. Each watch is accompanied by a complete list of technical specifications. This book is an essential acquisition for both casual fans and long-time connoisseurs of the brand.
Author: Stacy Perman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2013-02-19
Two wealthy and powerful men engage in a decades-long contest to create and possess the most remarkable watch in history. James Ward Packard of Warren, Ohio, was an entrepreneur and a talented engineer of infinite curiosity, a self-made man who earned millions from his inventions, including the design and manufacture of America’s first luxury car—the elegant and storied Packard. Henry Graves, Jr., was the very essence of blue-blooded refinement in the early 1900s: son of a Wall Street financier, a central figure in New York high society, and a connoisseur of beautiful things—especially fine watches. Then, as now, expensive watches were the ultimate sign of luxury and wealth, but in the early twentieth century the limitless ambition, wealth, and creativity of these two men pushed the boundaries of mathematics, astronomy, craftsmanship, technology, and physics to create ever more ingenious timepieces. In any watch, features beyond the display of hours, minutes, and seconds are known as “complications.” Packard and Graves spurred acclaimed Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe to create the Mona Lisa of timepieces—a fabled watch that incorporated twenty-four complications and took nearly eight years to design and build. For the period, it was the most complicated watch ever created. For years it disappeared, but then it surfaced at a Sotheby’s auction in 1999, touching off a heated bidding war, shattering all known records when it fetched $11 million from an anonymous bidder. New York Times bestselling author Stacy Perman takes us from the clubby world of New York high society into the ateliers of the greatest Swiss watchmakers, and into the high-octane, often secretive subculture of modern-day watch collecting. With meticulous research, vivid historical details, and a wealth of dynamic personalities, A Grand Complication is the fascinating story of the thrilling duel between two of the most intriguing men of the early twentieth century. Above all, it is a sweeping chronicle of innovation, the desire for beauty, and the lengths people will go to possess it.
Author: Guido Mondani
Publisher: Guido Mondani Editore e Ass
Release Date: 2015-01-01
These 3 volumes represent an essential guide to know, collect and invest safely in Patek Philippe. They include more than 2000 Patek Philippe wristwatches, everyone photographed in natural colors and more than 500 full page images. The first two volumes show the wristwatches from their creation to 2003 and the third one is divided into two parts: one is about all the creations from 2004 to 2010 and the other one, larger and prevalent, is entirely dedicated to the Nautilus. The books come together with the updated price list of all published watches. Are you a watch collector and want to know everything about modern and vintage Patek Philippe watches? Have you recently approached the world of these watches and are looking for assured answers to your doubts? Are you a watch dealer and want to know exactly what you are buying or selling? Do you want to know the real value of your Patek Philippe wristwatches? For all this and much much more, these books are perfect for you! TOPICS All typologies of models are published in this edition: AquanautCalatravaAnnualcalendarPerpetual calendarChronograph with perpetual calendar split-secondsCelestialClassic and “form” watchesChronographChronograph and Perpetual calendarSplit-seconds chronographEllipseMoon phasesTimezoneGondoloNautilusOfficerWorld TimeArt watchesComplicated watchesRepeating watchesRepeating watches with tourbillonPower reserve and world timeSky moonEnamelMilitary watchesTourbillon These books also provide the updated estimates of every Patek Philippe ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like first to thank all of you, collectors and professionals, whose passion and energy keep alive the art of horology. That art no doubt deserves a much greater homage than this humblebook, which is nevertheless wholeheartedly dedicated to you. Horology is both art and technology. It has to do with conceiving ideas and bringing them tolife. For centuries, horology has been an expression of the cultural wealth of certain Societies. Today, computers and new technology make information ever more accessible, while at the same time making the finely-honed skills of superb artisans appear even more precious by contrast. Special thanks go to Mr. Philippe Stern, CEO of Patek Philippe. Special thanks go also to Franca and Guido Mondani. Their passion and dedication have brought forth many excellent andauthoritative books that have enriched collectors of fine horology throughout the world. OSVALDO PATRIZZI