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The 175th Anniversary of Patek Philippe Auction – 9 November 2014, Christie’s, Geneva

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Ginevra. Per celebrare il 175° anniversario della Patek Philippe, Christie’s è orgogliosa di annunciare Patek Philippe 175, un asta tematica di 100 orologi iconici della casa orologiera più importante al mondo che si svolgerà in una speciale serata il 9 novembre a Ginevra. Questa asta ha in catalogo orologi che attraversano due secoli, dai primi dell’800 agli anni’80 con stime che arrivano a 2 milioni di euro. 58 di questi 100 orologi non sono mai apparsi in pubblico, contribuendo a comporre una delle più complete selezioni di Patek Philippe mai offerte in un’asta.

Ci sono alcuni tra i più esclusivi modelli Patek Philippe mai prodotti. Eccone alcuni esempi:

Dai discendenti del padre fondatore della fabbrica di aerei Boeing, William Boeing, il Patek Philippe “Boeing” Ref. 130. Un orologio in oro 18k eccezionalmente raro, un cronografo split second monopulsante con una stima pre-vendita in tra i Chf 400.000 e gli 800.000. Questo orologio è stato prodotto nel 1930, venduto da Cartier, ricevuto da Mr Boeing il 9 giugno 1939. Mai prima d’ora offerto in asta, presenta l’incisione sul fondello, “W.E. Boeing. Seattle, Wash.”

Il Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 Ore del Mondo, in oro 18k, quadrante in smalto blu (stimato tra Chf 1.500.000 e 2.500.000), che suggella l’era dell’aviazione con il suo quadrante che sotto un unico sguardo contiene l’orario del mondo intero. John Reardon, responsabile internazionale Christie’s per gli orologi, ha dichiarato: “Quest’anno, Patek Philippe ha raggiunto una pietra miliare, il suo 175 ° anniversario. I 100 eccellenti esemplari presentati in questa asta dimostrano come Patek Philippe persista fedelmente nella visione dei suoi fondatori, come azienda leader e innovatrice del mercato dai suoi primi giorni al passato più recente.

Questi orologi sono stati scrupolosamente controllati e selezionati per questo speciale evento e rappresentano la produzione storica di Patek Philippe. Questa collezione è una opportunità unica per i collezionisti e gli intenditori di poter vedere, conoscere e acquistare un orologio superlativo. Ogni orologio è una vera e propria opera d’arte che sarà ricordata per sempre come parte di questo evento esclusivo e parte della storia di Patek Philippe”.

Il Patek Philippe Ref.2499 in oro rosa prima serie. Uno degli orologi più ambiti al mondo, questo 2499 ha la particolarità di essere l’unico esemplare in oro rosa di importazione inglese. Del 1951 circa, ha una stima di Chf 1.600.000 e 2.600.000. Dei 349 Ref. 2499 fabbricati nei 35 anni di produzione, si conoscono solo 4 esemplari in oro rosa.

Il Patek Philippe, Ref.1563 proveniente dalla collezione privata di Jean Cloude Biver. Jean-Claude Biver, una celebrità nel mondo orologiero, è CEO e membro del consiglio di amministrazione di Hublot. L’uomo che ha rinnovato i brand Blancpain e Omega, rilanciandone ulteriormente l’immagine ed incrementandone enormemente il fatturato. Questo cronografo split second Ref.1563, realizzato nel 1940, in oro 18k con quadrante bicolore e fondello a vite è stimato Chf 800.000 – 1,6000,000. Sono noti solo tre esemplari al mondo di questa carismatica referenza. Il più famoso, appartenuto a Duke Ellington, è in mostra permanente nel Museo Patek Philippe, il secondo esempio fa parte di una collezione privata, e il terzo è quello protagonista di questa asta.

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

www.oredelmondo.com – info@oredelmondo.com


A THEMATIC AUCTION TO CELEBRATE THE
175TH ANNIVERSARY OF PATEK PHILIPPE 9 NOVEMBER 2014
CHRISTIE’S GENEVA

GENEVA – To celebrate the landmark 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe, Christie’s International Watch Department is honored to announce PATEK PHILIPPE 175, a thematic auction of 100 symbolic timepieces from the world’s foremost watchmaker in a special evening auction on 9 November at Christie’s Geneva.

Illustrating the historic breadth of the last family owned independent watch manufacturer in Geneva, this evening auction will include vintage timepieces from the early 19th century through the 1980s. With estimates ranging from SFr. 1,000 to SFr. 1,600,000, this 100 lot auction, including 58 watches which have never before appeared in public, forms one of the most historically comprehensive selections of Patek Philippe timepieces ever offered in one auction.

Among the highlights are some of the most exclusive Patek Philippe models ever produced. From the descendants of the original owner comes “THE BOEING” PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 130, an exceptionally rare and unique 18K gold wristwatch with single button split-seconds chronograph with a pre-sale estimate of SFr. 400,000 – 800,000. One of the star lots of this evening auction, this wristwatch was manufactured in 1930, retailed by Cartier, and received by Mr. Boeing on June 9, 1939. In addition, the PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 2523 (illustrated above), an 18K gold two crown world time wristwatch with 24-hour indication and blue enamel dial (estimate: SFr. 1,500,000 – 2,500,000), comes to auction in remarkable condition and commemorates the jet set era with indications of time around the world at a glance.

John Reardon, International Head of Christie’s Watches, commented: “This year, Patek Philippe achieved a truly honorable milestone; its 175th anniversary. The 100 pieces presented for sale in this auction exemplify how Patek Philippe persisted true to its founders’ vision, as an innovator and market leader from its earliest days to more recent past. These timepieces have been scrupulously vetted and selected for this sale, and include only the rarest, most sought after, superlative timepieces representing Patek Philippe’s historic production. This collection presents an

immeasurable once in a lifetime opportunity for collectors and connoisseurs, to view, learn about, and purchase a superlative timepiece. Each timepiece is a true work of art that will forever be remembered as part of this sale, and part of Patek Philippe’s unrivaled history.”

“THE BOEING” PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 130 split-seconds single button chronograph wristwatch (illustrated left) is a piece of horological history for both Americans and the Swiss, representing the ultimate height of technology in watchmaking in the early 20th century. This watch is the only split-seconds Reference 130, retailed by Cartier, with Breguet numerals and without a tachometer, known to the market. Direct from the descendants of the original owner, and never before offered at auction, this watch features the original presentation engraving on the caseback, which reads, “W.E. BOEING. SEATTLE, WASH.”

WILLIAM E. BOEING (1881 – 1956) BIOGRAPHY

As a true entrepreneur and American aviation pioneer, Boeing reached for the skies when few others dared and created the enterprise originally called Boeing Airplane Company in 1917 that eventually evolved into the global multinational company we now know as Boeing. Born in Detroit to Wilhelm and Marie Boeing in 1881, William’s father Wilhelm immigrated to the United States when he was just 20 years old and it is clear that William inherited his adventurous spirit. After a brief amount of time at school in both Vevey, Switzerland as well as Yale, William decided to branch out like his father before him and began a new life in Grays Harbor, Washington where he soon became successful in the timber business. With an eye for perfection, he developed an interest in aviation starting in 1914 and within three years started his company that eventually created a revolution in both commercial and military aviation.

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 2499 PINK GOLD FIRST SERIES

As one of the most coveted watches in the world, this pink gold REFERENCE 2499 FIRST SERIES has the unique distinction of being the only pink gold example with English import marks. Circa 1951, this 18K pink gold perpetual calendar wristwatch (illustrated right) carries a pre-sale estimate of SFr. 1,600,000 – 2,600,000. Of the 349 Reference 2499’s made during 35 years of production, only a handful were made in pink gold. In the FIRST SERIES, made in the 1950s, only 4 examples in pink gold are known to the market.

PROPERTY FROM THE JEAN CLAUDE BIVER PRIVATE COLLECTION

PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 1563

“A mechanical watch is eternity in a box and a Patek Philippe is eternity on the wrists…your wrist and the wrists of the next generation. That is the reason why I love our watchmaking art and that is why I collect watches.”

– Jean Claude Biver

This REFERENCE 1563, manufactured in 1940, an 18K gold split-seconds chronograph wristwatch with two-tone pulsation dial and screw back case (illustrated left), is estimated at SFr. 800,000 – 1,6000,000. Only 3 examples of this charismatic reference are known to exist. The most famous, belonging to Duke Ellington, is on permanent exhibition in the Patek Philippe Museum, the second example is part of a private collection, and the third and present example is to be offered on 9 November. Two highly desirable style elements distinguish this watch from the others: the two-tone dial finish and the extremely rare pulsometre scale instead of the more common tachometer indication.

PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER

PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 2497 WHITE GOLD

Made in 1953, this 18K white gold center seconds perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases is only the third example in white gold of a REFERENCE 2497 known to exist (illustrated right; estimate: SFr. 1,000,000 – 2,000,000). It is the first and earliest example of this model in white gold ever to appear in public to date. Consigned by the family of the original owner, this watch serves as one of the star lots of the auction.

PROPERTY FROM A COLLECTION OF ICONIC TIMEPIECES

THE “TRE SCALINI” PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 3449

One of only three examples of REFERENCE 3449 (illustrated left), ever made in 18K gold with hand- wound movement, perpetual calendar and moon phases boasts a most unique feature, a triple stepped bezel, from which its Italian nickname “Tre Scalini” (three steps) is derived. Moreover, the watch was lovingly cared for and comes to the auction block in remarkable condition. Manufactured in 1961, the present example was originally purchased in 1965 for $5,500 in Dallas, Texas from Linz Jewelers. This timepiece will be offered at an estimated SFr. 1,000,000 – 2,000,000.

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR

THE “KING FAROUK” PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 1518

THE “KING FAROUK” PATEK PHILIPPE, REFERENCE 1518 is a very fine and rare gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, circa 1945, estimated at SFr. 300,000 – 500,000. The Reference 1518 was the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch produced in series by any watch manufacturer. Adding to its rich history, this present watch was formerly owned by King Farouk of Egypt (1920 – 1965).

THE GLOBAL TOUR

Ahead of the Geneva evening sale, Christie’s will undertake an international tour of a selection of watches from PATEK PHILIPPE 175 to a number of global cities including Dubai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Milan, New York, Seattle, and San Francisco.

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

www.oredelmondo.com – info@oredelmondo.com

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