Kamille is a reader of Jake's Patek Philippe World and he wrote in today to ask what the "blue beauty" was the upper right hand corner of the banner on Jake's Patek Philippe World, so I thought I would share this. In 2009, Patek Philippe made this one-of-a-kind Reference 5106, which is based upon the celestial Reference 5102. This unique rose gold watch features a special hand-tooled guilloché etching on its 22kt gold bezel.
This unique Patek Philippe shows the night sky of the northern hemisphere as it rotates backwards (counter-clockwise). This illustrates the angular progression of the stars as they appear, relative to Sirius (Meridian Passage).
The User Interface also displays the angular position of the moon as well as its phases and meridian passage. All of this apparent magic is achieved by a number of sapphire crystal discs that are stacked on top of each other and move at different speeds. The blue sapphire crystal that shows the cobalt blue background has 279 teeth and it shows the moon orbit, including the orbit of the moon, in a round aperture.
There is another transparent disc with 356 teeth that shows the Milky Way Galaxy. The Patek Philippe Reference 5106 has an exhibition case-back which allows viewing of the 325 part movement. The photo below seems to show the exact same watch, but I noticed the photo on the top has a red date arm, as apposed to the one below having a gold one.
This one of kind Patek Philippe was auctioned on September 24th, 2011 for 535,000 Euros (around $750,000) by Patrizzi & Co during the Monaco Yacht Show, which was attended by HSH Prince Albert II. All the proceeds of the sale went to support research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Nicolas Sarkozy was the President of France from 2007 to 2012, and he is pictured below during his presidency wearing his white gold Patek Philippe Triple Date Perpetual Calendar, Reference 3940.
The photo above and its zoomed-in clasp shot gives a perfect photo ID for the Patek Philippe Seal of Calatrava located on the exposed part of the clasp.
President Sarkozy & President Obama
White House Oval Office, Washington D.C. January 10, 2011
The next set of photo shows U.S. President Obama meeting with French President, Sarkozy in the White House, Oval Office and Sarkozy is wearing his white gold Patek Philippe 3940.
Again, in the photo below we have another positive ID on the Patek Philippe Seal of Calatrava on the clasp.
Nicolas Sarkozy is married to recording artist and former fashion model, Carla Bruni. In the photo of them below, we get a clear shot of Nicolas Sarkozy's seal of Calatrava buckle on his wrist.
I am including these photo of the white gold Patek Philippe Reference 3940G to give a frame of reference for what it looks like, but I have yet to find an image of this beautiful watch that accurately captures its stunningly good looks.
Rockin' A Custom Patek Philippe Reference 5004R At The 2013 Grammy's
Rock and Roll singer, singer, guitarist extroordinare, John Mayer is pictured below with his super-hot girlfriend, and fellow recording sensation, Katy Perry at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
It is difficult to see the exact detail on John Mayer's Patek Philippe. It appears to be a custom-made Patek Philippe 5004 in Rose gold, with a matching rose gold bracelet. John Mayer is also rocking some cool Patek Philippe cufflinks, that have the seal of Calatrava on them.
In the photo below, Ellen Degeneres seems to be in awe of Katy Perry's stunning necklace and can't seem to stop staring at it!
Same thing with Ryan Seacrest, who also can't seem to stop staring at Katy Perry's beautiful necklace!
This is a photo of Eric Clapton's Platinum Patek Philippe Reference 2499 which sold recently at a Christies auction for $3.6 Million. This sets a new world record for the Patek Philippe Reference 2499, which Patek Philippe made for 35 years beginning in 1951.
The Reference 2499 is rare as Patek Philippe only made 349 of this watch mode, which averages about 10 per year. There are only two know Platinum versions of this reference, and the other one is in the Patek Philippe museum, making this one the only one in the world in private hands!!!
Nicolas Cage is an American actor, director and producer who has appeared in over 60 films including Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Birdy, Face Off, Adaptation, City Of Angels, Matchsick Men, National Treasure and The Rock. Nicolas Cage won an academy award in 1995 for Best Actor in the movie Leaving Las Vegas. He is the nephew of director, Francis Ford Coppola, and ironically he was born Nicolas Coppola on January 7, 1964, but changed his name at an early age.
I remember one night in San Francisco, many years ago, noticing Nicolas Cage in Tower Records down near Fisherman's Wharf. He was shopping for CDs and like myself, was seriously stocking-up on CDs. My favorite Nicolas Cage movie was the 1990 classic, Wild At Heart.
Have you ever wondered where the modern wrist watch design came from? The first wrist watches were essentially pocketwatches, with lugs soldered onto them, and here is a superb example of what is likely one of the first men's wrist watches ever made. This rare example was made by Patek Philippe in 1905!!!!
This is the earliest example I have ever seen of a wrist watch for whatever it is worth. The photo appears courtesy of Antiquorum. The watch was certified with an extract from the Patek Philippe Archives, and the box in the photos originally came with the watch.
Upon close inspection of the dial we see it has painted radial Roman numerals on the white porcelain dial, with 5-minute Arabic markers, and sunken subsidiary seconds dial which also has Arabic markers in 10-second intervals. Also notice the seconds subdial is wrapped with the"Chronometro Gondolo" designation. The dial has the "Patek Philippe & CO" designation, which was changed many years later to simply say "Patek Philppe". The watch has blued steel feuille hands, and the case is 32mm x 10mm
I believe the reason this watch has extended lugs is in order to keep the winding crown far enough away from the top strap, so the wearer could easily wind the watch and change the time.
Below, we see a side view, which is just amazing!!! I include this watch because if you look at the watch in the story below that shows off Vladimir Putin's Patek Philippe, you will notice his watch has elongated lugs...Man, it's old in Brazil!!!
I created my Patek Philippe blog because I wanted to share all the insight I have gained over more than the last quarter-century, regarding Patek Phillipe.
As a designer, I have always been deeply inspired by any and all examples of timeless design. Patek Philippe represents one of the best examples I am aware of when it comes to timeless design and excellence.
It has been said, elegance knows no pain, and Patek Philippe is and has always been the epitome of elegant complexity in the horological world.
Patek Philippe is internationally renowned for historically making the most detailed and complicated timepieces. These magnificent masterpieces not only tell you the time, but they also transcend time, and tell you something about yourself.
Since its founding in 1839 Patek Philippe has been a great horological innovator. Patek Philippe is renowned for making the first wrist watch ever in 1868, and in 1925 they created the first perpetual calendar watch as well as the first minute repeater.
Many famous people have chosen Patek Philippe to keep the time of their lives. This notable list includes:
• Gene Autry
• Eric Clapton
• Bing Crosby
• Marie Curie
• Miles Davis
• Joe DiMaggio
• Walt Disney
• Albert Einstein
• Duke Ellington
• Clark Gable
• John F. Kennedy
• Dalai Lama
• John Lennon
• Paul McCartney
• Pablo Picasso
• Brad Pitt
• Vladimir Putin
• Queen Elizabeth
• Queen Victoria
• Elizabeth Taylor
In the 2004 Patek Philippe Collection Highlights Guide–then President of Patek Philippe–Philippe Stern, wrote the Preface, which was so beautifully written, profound, compelling and inspiring, I decided to share it with you here.
I made the decision to share Philippe Stern's words since he so faithfully and intelligently describes the brand ethos and guiding philosophy of Patek Philippe in such an inspirational and passionate way.
I remember the first time I read these words of Philippe Stern's, being completely blown away by how articulate he was and how superb his use of metaphor was!!! Philippe Stern's words are as timeless as his design philosophy and his Patek Philippe watches!!!
Editor and Publisher of Jake's Patek Philippe World
The following excerpt is from the 2004 Patek Philippe Collection Highlights Catalog:
Preface by Philippe Stern
You are considering the purchase of a Patek Philippe timepiece. This makes you part of a community of people who strive for excellence and for whom a watch is more than a time-measuring instrument.
It also makes you one of the curators of a scientific and artistic tradition. You take possession of a precious object through which the spirit of venerable craftsmanship comes alive, an object that presupposes the frame of mind of a true art collector: judgment, esteem for value, and largesse.
Our current advertising campaign captures the essence: "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation."
The longevity of our timepieces will some day give your descendants the exclusive pleasure of wearing one of the finest watches ever made. Our company has pursued a philosophy of excellence since 1839.
It was the year when Antoine Nobert de Patek, a sensitive aesthete, and Jean-Adrien Philippe, a watchmaking genius, inaugurated their workshops and promised each other that they would henceforth build the world's most exceptional timepieces. The foresight of the former and the inventiveness of the latter enabled them to successfully attain this goal.
Such an ambition requires the willingness to constantly surpass one's own expectations. As the undisputed virtuoso of horological complications, and since 1839 the creator of the world's most complicated timepiece, Patek Philippe has never ceased to extend the boundaries of the art of watchmaking.
The company's innovations, inspired by the poetry of time and acclaimed for the elegance with which they were executed, originate from the desire to introduce new timekeeping functions.
The outstanding precision of the movements, the superb workmanship, the precious materials, and the elaborate decoration techniques are essential elements of the Patek Philippe style which is truly inimitable, not least because of the way it combines complex mechanisms with classic design.
We have the enviable privilege of safeguarding the continuity of extremely rare crafts by recruiting promising talent and generously allocating resources to our in-house training centers.
Additionally, our designers and engineers, master watchmakers and gem setters, and all the other craftsmen or our workshops are in the position to take the time needed to accomplish their work, without pressure. This gives us the assurance that the perfection of our products is not marred by compromise.
You decision to acquire a Patek Philippe is also a decision in favor of authenticity. We cannot imagine a more fitting reward for our unerring quest for excellence. We have created this catalog to familiarize you with our products and help you select a watch that will become a most delightful part of your life.
President, Patek Philippe.
The 2004 Patek Philippe Catalog Continues:
Patek Philippe watches are timekeeping instruments of benchmark stature. But they are also works of art whose beauty reflects their mechanical perfection.
To distill the best of an era and transform it into a timeless icon is the infinitely delicate task of Patek Philippe's styling experts. With their designs, they must evoke emotions that are as lasting as the movements themselves.
From the first pencil sketch to the finished watch, the objective is always to find the perfect balance between classicism and modernity. Only what is deemed worthy will bear the Patek Philippe signature.
The outcome is timeless appeal as exemplified by the sustained success of Patek Philippe watches at prestigious auctions.
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