Once In A Lifetime: Christie’s Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition

Once In A Lifetime: Christie’s Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition

Once In A Lifetime: Christie's Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition Sales & Auctions Sponsored Post written for aBlogtoWatch by advertiser.

Christie's is organizing a Patek Philippe selling exhibition that is historic in scale. Over 300 vintage Patek Philippe watches will be available for purchase in New York City at Rockefeller Center for only 11 days, July 13-23. Exceptionally rare watches, including many fresh to market pieces, will be available for immediate purchase priced from $5,000 USD to well over $5M USD. The Christie's exhibition is taking place at the same time as the official Patek Philippe 'Art of Watches' Grand Exhibition that will take place at Cipriani New York from July 13 to July 23. Here we have a Q&A with John Reardon, curator of the event and International Head of Watches for Christie's.

This is quite possibly the largest curated assembly of vintage Patek Philippe watches for sale in history, it truly is an experience not to be missed - JR

Once In A Lifetime: Christie's Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition Sales & Auctions

What is the Patek Philippe Vintage Watch Selling Exhibition?

The concept for the Christie's exhibition is quite simple. With thousands of Patek Philippe Collectors and enthusiasts converging on New York in July, it is the perfect time to celebrate all things Patek Philippe and offer collectors the chance to see and purchase exceptional museum quality watches. The demand for purchasing vintage watches is now higher than ever before and this exhibition offers buyers the opportunity to own a piece of Patek Philippe’s history at all price points.

Once In A Lifetime: Christie's Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition Sales & Auctions

Imagine going to the Patek Philippe Museum and being able to ask the purchase price of each watch, try on a few pieces, and even possibly go home with a few treasured acquisitions. Of course this is not possible at THE museum but Christie's is pleased to offer people the experience of seeing, assessing, and purchasing a very large selection of vetted and authenticated Patek Philippe vintage watches from the mid 19th century through the late 20th century within their own NY galleries.

Once In A Lifetime: Christie's Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition Sales & Auctions

The goal of the Christie’s exhibition is to educate new collectors on the intricacies of assessing vintage watch condition, understanding the vintage watch market, and learning about how to collect vintage watches and focus on building collections. A series of tours, lectures, and watchmaking classes will support this initiative and complement the mission of the official Patek Philippe exhibition being hosted nearby at Cipriani.

Once In A Lifetime: Christie's Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition Sales & Auctions

What is your favorite part of the Christie's exhibition?

I have always wanted to see the complete verticals of Patek Philippe watches presented in a way that one can see and compare the development of key complications. The ability to see firsthand the 'family tree' of Patek Philippe complicated watches is something that many only dream of seeing but it will finally be possible during our exhibition. This is absolutely my favorite part of curating this exhibition. For chronographs, visitors can see the development in the 20th century from the 130 moving on to the 530, 533, 591, 1579, 1463, and the split seconds 1436. For perpetual chronographs, we have four 1518s and then a wide selection of 2499s with examples in each series.

Once In A Lifetime: Christie's Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition Sales & Auctions

Once In A Lifetime: Christie's Vintage Patek Philippe Selling Exhibition Sales & Auctions

With calendars, we show the development starting with two examples of early triple calendar 96s and moving on to the presentation of superlative examples of the 1526, 2497, 2438, 3448, and 3450. And the icing on the cake is the total production run of the minute repeaters highlighted by 7 early minute repeating wristwatches and nearly the entire run of modern discontinued minute repeaters, many with unique variants. Combined with special sections of Patek Lemania chronograph verticals, Advanced Research watches, Nautilus, Ellipse, Calatrava, and clocks, this exhibition has something that can peak the interest of the most jaded of all collectors – we even have a Patek Philippe singing bird box on offer!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I would would love to just be in the audience for these days. Like many, it’s not my Grail watch name. The best watches in world (IMO) are made only 190 miles from my location on the Isle of Man.

    • Marius

      So, you’re telling me that the best watches in the world are made in Jaywick, near Clacton-On-Sea?:-)

    • Saddest Factory

      So you live on the Isle of Man and the best watches are made 190 miles from there? You must mean Bremont’s Henley-on-Thames location.

      • Word Merchant

        Bremont watches aren’t made. They’re created from dreams, vision, heroics, valour and a good dose of British spunk.

        • Saddest Factory

          how many mL?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Don’t be filthy ! 🙂

          • Saddest Factory

            of dreams, you perv!

          • Raymond Wilkie

            mL of dreams ? . Hmmm………….

          • Saddest Factory

            I didn’t say they were dry dreams.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            This stream stops here.

          • Saddest Factory

            Got it. No more diurnal transmissions.

          • Berndt Norten

            What’s Gary Wright got to do with it?

        • Berndt Norten

          And the tragedy, the sincere family tragedy (well documented with no embellishment) at the very heart of it.

        • BNABOD

          Good point and usually there is a unicorn involved

          • IG

            The lubrication is unicorn semen.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Re-read my comment, you got things a little backwards.

        • Saddest Factory

          I keep re-reading and re-reading. I mean, it must be my mistake because you’r English is usually unimpeachable. 🙂

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      +1

  • Marius

    That’s how you keep slaves at a distance, and teach them about respecting their master:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a1bd29b68cb7dbcc6b988b7148ad47b2c0b770953ad108e923687655e0edae0c.jpg

    • Raymond Wilkie

      It may be a PP, big whoop , wanna fight about it. It’s the most ridiculous thing ever. Stick a watch at the end of a stick ?….what am i missing ?………

      • BNABOD

        What happens when u drop the thing??!!!

    • Mikita

      So you can beat the sh* out from those who wear sh*tters!

  • Saddest Factory

    Headline from August 16, 1969: “Woodstock Music Festival to be held August 15-17”

    Well covered, ABTW. 9.5 out of 11 days ain’t bad.

    • Berndt Norten

      Where did you go, Bill de Lune?

      • DanW94

        If you believed they put a Bill on the moon, Bill on the moon…..

        • Berndt Norten

          I coughed, man, when I read that! LOL, Billy B Good!

      • Moonraker

        I hear he’s doin’ a 3-5 stint for aggravated Jaywicking.

  • Word Merchant

    Wouldn’t it be funny if no-one turned up.

  • Saddest Factory
    • SuperStrapper

      Yet someone will pay retardledly for it.

    • Mikita

      This dial must be taken from a $10 Casio.

      • I think you mean Q&Q

        • IG

          Or Seiko.

          • Show me a Seiko that looks this bad (except for the bracelet)

  • Marius

    According to this sponsored post: “This is quite possibly the largest curated assembly of vintage Patek Philippe watches for sale in history, it truly is an experience not to be missed – JR.”

    Wait a minute! Since when is JR working for Christie’s? As far as I know, JR has always been working for Ewing Oil.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb2b5d431ccd71e3868406b48987d8890c315030e15581621031d55e629cf630.jpg

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Sue Ellen’s sister Kristin,…………………….the bitch.

  • SuperStrapper

    Alrighty then.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    This reminds me a little of the art market. For example, Picasso is a great artist and I genuinely love his paintings. But when a Picasso Nude sells for more that $100 million; it’s not been bought by an art lover. Its been bought by an investor, and will most likely go the way of much of the rest of the worlds great art, it’ll end unseen for years in a bank vault.
    Well, anyone want to make a guess as to how many of these rare PP’s end up in bank vaults.

  • SuperStrapper

    “…in white gold case ‘Senza Luna’ with a confirmed extract from Patek Philippe…” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ebac4931708b637532b124e69a41deb867009970e084f89cb988722e98d96a8.jpg

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Why the picture of Dr Johnson. At least I assume that’s him (not subtle in those days – hence the great big book hes got his face stuffed into). I don’t know who that’s by, but its not the Reynolds.

      Doh. Ahh! Just got it…. Dr Johnson acting in his role as euphemism.

  • Simon_Hell

    Love the beige – desert (muslim) panda, one might say.