Saturday, October 31, 2015

Emperor Haile Selassie Patek Philippe Reference 2497

Emperor Haile Selassie
37MM 1954 Reference 2497

Christies Auction house will soon be actioning off one of the most beautiful and exotic Patek Philippe models ever made. It is believed this model is unique in the sense there was never a Reference 2497 made with this black dial with even Arabic numeral five minute markers, as well as with a sweeping second hand. According to Christie's Auction House, the watch is all original, including the leaf hands.

Until now, this watch was unknown, and surfaced from out of nowhere, which is very exciting. In my opinion, this watch is one of the most beautiful Patek Philippe models ever made. It has such a magnificent balance of simplicity, sophistication and symmetry.

Haile Selassie was born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael on 23 July 1892 and died 27 August 1975. He was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930, and crowned Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.

In the photo below, following the historic Yalta Conference, President Franklin Roosevelt meets with Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia on February 13, 1945.

Haile Selassie is seen in the photo below greeting then U.S. President, Dwight Eisenhower. It is possible that Selassie was wearing his Patek Philippe Reference 2497 when this photo was taken.

In the photo below we see Haile Selassie with U.S. President Kennedy in front of the White House, in Washington D.C.

In the photo below we see Haile Selassie with U.S. President Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy. Haile Selassie is giving JFK Jr, a gift, which is a statue carved out of ivory.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tony Fadell Nautilus Moonphase

...Patek Philippe Coolness...

Tony Fadell
Stainless Nautilus Moonphase
Reference 5712/1A

Tony Fadell was one of the key Apple executives being the iPod, and he went on to found NEST Labs, which brought to market the NEST Thermostat, as pictured below.

Tony Fadell is pictured below with the core Apple team that brought the iPod to life. From left to right we see Phil Schiller, Tony Fadell, Jony Ive, Steve Jobs, Scott Forstall and Eddy Cue.

Pictured below is a Patek Philippe Magazine ad for the Reference 5712/1A.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Patek Philippe GrandMaster Chime Masterpiece

Patek Philippe GrandMaster Chime Masterpiece
175th Anniversary Collection
47MM Rose Gold Reference 5175R-001

Today Patek Philippe unveiled a special line of watches to celebrate their 175th Anniversary. This magnificent beauty is one of the most complicated wrist-watches ever made, with 20 different complications!!! It consists of 1,580 components, of which 1,366 comprise the movement, and the 47MM case.

Patek Philippe announced they only plan to offer seven examples of this grand-masterpiece, and that six of them have already been sold to well-known Patek Philippe customers, and the seventh is headed for the permanent collection in the magnificent Patek Philippe Museum.

In the video below you can see the amazing level of detail that went into making this amazing watch, which the Wall Street Journal reports cost $2.6 Million to purchase.

This insanely beautiful Patek Philippe is hand engraved and completely reversible, so the wearer can flip it around and wear it with either side displayed! You can learn much more about this magnificent masterpiece by visiting the special dedicated microsite page on

The illustration below showcase the amazing movement details.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Patek Philippe Coolness: Gianni Agnelli World Time Patek Philippe Reference 1415HU

...Supreme Italian Style...

Patek Philippe Coolness: Gianni Agnelli
World Time Patek Philippe
Reference 1415HU

Gianni Agnelli was an Italian industrialist and he was well known for his sense of fashion and style. He had an unusual habit of wearing his beautiful wristwatches on the outside of his shirt cuff.

In this image, we see Gianni Agnelli sporting his trademark pink gold Patek Philippe World Time Reference 1415HU (Heure Universelle) around 1960.

The Patek Philippe picture below is not the one in the photo above but it gives you an idea of what Gianni Angelli's Patek Philippe 1415HU looked like.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph History

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph History

My pal Benjamin Clymer who is the founder of Hodinkee just launched a new video series named "Reference Points" and in this first episode he had the opportunity to sit down with New York vintage Patek Philippe dealer and collector, Michael Safdie of Madison Fine Time to discuss these rare beauties. You can see many more photos and check out the complete story on Hodinkee.

Below is the original video Hodinkee did on Madison Fine Time:

Friday, December 27, 2013

Horacio Pagani Reveals Patek Philippe Inspiration

Horacio Pagani
Reveals Patek Philippe Inspiration

Horacio Panani is considered to be the king of Supercars, or HyperCars. In this fascinating interview he reveals his car designs have been inspired by Patek Philippe wristwatch design details. Of course you can always learn much more about Pagaini cars on Jake's Car World.

Horacio Pagani mentions how he was inspired by Patek Philippe design details at around 19:30 into the video.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Inside The Patek Philippe Museum Geneva, Switzerland

Inside The Patek Philippe Museum
Geneva, Switzerland

I recently toured the Patek Philippe Museum located in Geneva, Switzerland, and it completely blew my mind!!! I was stunned with how beautiful Patek Philippe's historical collection was, and as time permits, in the future, I plan to publish a super-detailed review with many more detailed photos, of the splendor that lies behind these gates.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Patek Philippe Triple Date Chronograph Reference 2499

Patek Philippe
Triple Date Chronograph
1980 Reference 2499: Fourth Series

This magnificent Patek Philippe watch was auctioned by Antiquorum years ago and it is just beautiful. I have always preferred the black dial moon phase watches over the white, since they have more of a "nighttime" vibe. This watch was sold by Antiquorum Auction House in 2006 for around $300,000.

How rare is the Patek Philippe Reference 2499? Patek Philippe only made 370 examples in 35 years, which means only 9 per year!!! Who many exist with a black dial? I only know of 2 and this is one of them.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Limited Edition

My great Pal, John Goldberger from Italy, just launched this special Limited Edition version of his Patek Philippe book, which is dedicated to ultra-rare stainless steel watches. John mentioned it is now available on for pre-order in the U.S.A. This new limited edition comes in a plexiglass case, and features a reference billboard that covers all steel Patek Philippe References. It also includes an updated 24 page book with the latest stainless steel Patek Philippe watches.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

2013 Ladies Patek Philippe Magazine Ad

...2013 Ladies Patek Philippe Magazine Ad...

Ladies Patek Phlippe Nautilus 
Reference 7008/1A

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