As Solely Watch 2021 continues and following a succession of spectacular costs achieved, such because the AP Royal Oak for 3.1 Million and the F.P. Journe for 4.5 Million, it’s now time to speak concerning the anticipated star of the present, Patek Philippe in fact. In 2019, Patek Philippe’s one-of-a-kind Ref. 6300A-010 Grandmaster Chime in a metal case smashed all world data as the most costly watch ever bought at public sale, elevating CHF 31 million for charity. For this 12 months’s occasion, Patek Philippe donated the Difficult Desk Clock (Ref. 27001M-001) impressed by a desk clock delivered to James Ward Packard, the American car magnate, in 1923. However being fairly particular in seems to be (I do know, it’s subjective) and never being a wristwatch, it was by some means predictable that the earlier file wouldn’t break… however after a fairly lengthy battle within the room and over the telephone, we’re nonetheless speaking about CHF 9,500,000, and all for charity.
James Ward Packard commissioned round 18 difficult watches from Patek Philippe within the first 20 years of the 20th century. One in every of these commissions was Packard’s desk clock, an ornately adorned timepiece geared up with perpetual calendar capabilities, a moon part show and a double-barrel 8-day energy reserve. Patek Philippe’s desk clock for Solely Watch 2021 additionally contains a perpetual calendar and a moon part however provides a peripheral week-number show and a bissextile year and energy reserve indicator.
The cupboard housing the clock, which is inclined to supply a transparent view of the dial, is a murals in itself. Measuring 164.6mm x 125mm x 76.3mm, the case is made in sterling silver with American walnut inlays and vermeil ornamental particulars. Gold vermeil refers to .925 sterling silver plated with a thick layer of gold and is used to craft the sphinx-like creatures and rosettes on the corners of the case and different ornamental thrives. On the periphery of the dial are the week numbers highlighted with a purple rectangular body and a railway monitor for the seconds. The hours and minutes are off-centred in a sub-dial with black Roman numerals at 12 o’clock and two rectangular apertures for the day of the week and month are within the centre of the dial. The moon part indication at 6 o’clock is framed by the date, and the 2 smaller apertures on both aspect are for the leap years. The 31-day energy reserve indicator is positioned between the day and month apertures.
Patek Philippe has particularly developed and manufactured a brand new hand-wound motion – calibre 86-135 PEND IRM Q SE – to energy the desk clock ref. 27001M-001. With a precision price of -1/+1 seconds per day, the calibre delivers a 31-day energy reserve and is wound by way of a crank positioned below the highest cowl of the clock.
Throughout the Solely Watch 2021 charity public sale, all eyes had been in fact lot 41, the timepiece supplied by Patek Philippe – often called the record-breaker at nearly all editions… and this 12 months, as soon as once more, the model managed to make enormous numbers, but removed from the earlier CHF 31 Million of 2019. Certainly, the Patek Philippe Difficult Desk Clock 27001M-001 for Solely Watch 2021 sells for CHF 9,500,000. which, objectively, stays a reasonably spectacular quantity.
Extra particulars on the piece right here, in our introducing article.