Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 1954
    Reference No: 715
    Movement No: 892’132
    Case No: 442’919
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 17-140, 18 jewels
    Dimensions: 46.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe fitted presentation box. Further delivered with Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming the manufacture of the present timepiece in 1954 and its subsequent date of sale on 24th August 1955.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A quintessential gentleman of the late 19th and 20th century is never without his pocket watch. Similar to watches today, this was not only a form of portable timekeeper, but was also a symbol of status that can help define a man. While pocket watches are largely seen as a novelty in this day and age, they are however an important threshold in the history of horology that should never be disregarded. Preserved in excellent overall condition, the present pink gold Patek Philippe pocket watch is a wonderful example of this bygone era, retailed by “The Queen’s Gift Shop”, Asprey.

    Without a doubt, the Swiss manufacturer has long mastered the art of traditional haute horology. Revered for their elegant designs and excellence in complicated movements, their creations are the epitome of mechanical marvel, associated with many luminaries such as the famed Henry Graves Super complication. On par with their Swiss counterpart, Asprey is the embodiment of British luxury, a well-established two-century-old London retailer of extravagance by Royal appointment. Founded in 1781, the House of Asprey was most recognised for supplying jewellery, crowns and other such novelties to the Royal family, along with celebrities and tycoons, like Ringo Starr and J.P. Morgan. As a retailer of watches, they made a name for themselves as a dealer of Swiss watchmakers, among which, is Patek Philippe.

    The present openface pocket watch is a classic example of the exceptional workmanship and understated design Patek Philippe is renowned for. Boating a white dial with both the marker and the retailer’s signatures, it is complemented by applied contemporary Roman numerals and a large small-seconds register. Offered with its fitted presentation box and an Extract from the Archives confirming its origin, this timepiece is the only one known in the market signed by Asprey, certainly an example not to not to be missed by the discerning collector.

  • Artist Biography

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 715
A rare and fine pink gold double signed openface keyless lever pocket watch with small seconds and presentation box, retailed by Asprey

46.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$94,500

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Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)