Earlier this year we discussed our favourite watches exhibited at Baselworld. Patek Philippe debuted an update of the Grandmaster watch, which in our opinion is truly stunning. The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300 is the now the most complicated wristwatch in production, featuring the same 20 complications as the anniversary edition.
The Patek Grandmaster Chime ref. 5175 was made in 18k rose gold and could be reversed. Unlike many Patek Philippe wristwatches this one was not very subtle! We are not talking about the complications, but mainly the style of the watch. The rose gold case was hand carved and very blingy. The price tag of purchasing one of these six watches, was only $2.6 million as well! Yes, it was extremely flamboyant.
The six collectors of those watches may not feel quite as lucky anymore, as the same caliber watch has now been made available to many more watch enthusiasts. We think it looks much better in white metal anyway!
The Patek Philippe ref 6300 still is extremely stylish and wearable, despite its serious level of complications. The watch will still be pretty big on the wrist, at 16.1mm in depth and with a 47.4mm diameter. No one is going to miss it, however it doesn’t shout for too much attention.
It will retail for 2.2 million Swiss francs, which would be converted into USD based on exchange rate at time of sale (around $2.3 million). In case you were wondering, here is the full list of Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 complications-
1 Grande Sonnerie
2 Petite Sonnerie
3 Minute repeater
4 Strikework mode display (Silence/Grand Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
5 Alarm with time strike
6 Date repeater
7 Movement power-reserve indicator
8 Strikework power-reserve indicator
9 Strikework isolator display
10 Second time zone
11 Second time zone day/night indicator
12 Instantaneous perpetual calendar
13 Day-of-week display
14 Month display
15 Date display (on both dials)
16 Leap year cycle
17 Four-digit year display
18 24-hour and minute subdial
19 Moon phase
20 Crown position indicator (RAH)
Whilst we unfortunately do not have one of these in store, we do currently have some stunning watches by Patek Philippe. We particularly love the Patek Philippe 5036/1J annual calendar watch. The one in stock is a 2009 model and in impeccable condition. The 5036/1J has a beautiful 18ct yellow gold case and bracelet with exhibition case back revealing the automatic movement with 22ct gold rotor.
Patek Philippe is the last family-owned independent watch manufacturer in Geneva, and they produce some of the finest timepieces in the world. Since the beginning the brand has maintained clear, high quality values. It has a long history of mastering all watch complications, and therefore has had a variety of fans over the years, including us! It has definitely given us some shopping inspiration during the not so summery weather this week in London…