Cars and watches have always shared a sort of inexplicable bond between one another. Beneath every car nut is an admirer of timepieces, and it’s quite possible that every watch collector has a penchant for loving cars as well. Maybe it’s decades of motorsports heritage and sponsorships, or maybe it’s just a love for all things beautiful and mechanical. Either way, we love our watches here at C!, and when rare beauties become available on the market, well, we tend to pay attention.
A Rare Pair
Finale Auctions’ third Watches & Jewelry auction is set to excite both enthusiasts and collectors all over again with a new batch of rare and extremely desirable timepieces both modern and vintage. The highlights of the show include two references from Patek Philippe – the ref. 5712 with its moon phase and date complications and ref. 5726 with an annual calendar – both bearing the coveted stamp by Tiffany & Co.; and appearing for the first time in auction, a spectacular Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin.
The partnership between the two dates back nearly 170 years to 1851, when Antoine Norbert de Patek met Charles Tiffany in New York. With a simple handshake an enduring relationship was established resulting in the retailer’s mark appearing on the dial of select Patek Philippe timepieces. Today, Patek Philippe timepieces carry a waiting list as long as five to eight years due to their incredible popularity; and obtaining one with the Tiffany & Co. stamp on the dial is next to impossible. It’s said that out of 100 Patek Philippe watches that are produced, only one comes signed by Tiffany & Co., and the boutique in New York only sells them to a very select clientele.
Another highlight, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is being offered for the first time in any auction, ever. Originally unveiled as a prototype in 2018 at the 29th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), in Geneva, Switzerland, Audemar Piguet’s RD#2 managed a mechanical feat few have attempted, much less actually produced. The RD#2 was dubbed the thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar. It’s the latest in the Swiss house’s long line of exceptionally thin watches that demanded pioneering and innovative precision to manufacture, and a year later, at this auction, its final production model, now named the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, is ready for the hammer.
The Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin’s entire movement is a mere 2.89mm thick, with a self-winding mechanism beating at 2.75 hz with a 40-hour power reserve. The exceptional movement is housed in a remarkably slight and subtle case, only 6.3mm thick.
Other Timepieces to Note
Other watches to look out for include an incredibly rare Rolex Daytona reference 6262 “Paul Newman”, a reference 5513 Explorer dial Submariner showcasing the unusual “3-6-9” markers, a ladies Cartier Crash, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, an Audemars Piguet Concept GMT Tourbillon, and from Glashütte, Germany-based A. Lange & Söhne, a Datograph Up/Down flyback chronograph, the bold Zeitwerk, and the limited Lange 1 Time Zone in honey gold.
The auction will be held on the 20th of October, 2 PM, at Finale Art File, Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Pasong Tamo, Makati City. Online bidding will also be available through www.invaluable.com. For more information, visit www.finaleauctions.com.ph.