Rare watches hold a level of classical importance, better known by connoisseurs, collectors and those closely associated with the horological world. While the uncommon and almost extinguished Rolex Submarines and Cosmo graphs are usually taken into account while weighing the lucrativeness of a luxury watches sale, a piece of an uber-classy Patek Philippe like this one is bound to make to exceptions, and in oomph at that.
Here to fixate gazes and make pockets burn is the luxury watch maker’s creation from the 1980’s – the Calibre 89 that is all set to go under the hammer at the Geneva auction in May. Already touted as the star of the upcoming sale, the luxe watch is estimated to fetch a heavy sum of £6 – 8m, which though pocket- shattering, is worth every penny commanded by the unique horological wonder. Built to become the ultimate expression of the watchmaker’s art, the Calibre 89 is the most complicated Patek Philippe ever seen. It boasts of 33 Complications and is 9cm in diameter, with a thickness and weight of 4cm and 1.1kg respectively.
Complete with 1,728 components in all, the watch was originally produced in four colors – yellow, white, rose gold and platinum. The current yellow gold version of the Patek Phillipe Calibre 89 was previously sold by Antiquorum for SFr5.1m in November 2009, before it fetched $11 million at Christie’s last year. If you hold a bank balance that can easily outrun 11 million dollars with an ardent wish to possess this uber-attractive time piece, make way to Sotheby’s Important Watches auction on 14th May in Geneva.