Patek Philippe titanium watches are rarely seen at an auction, but Sotheby’s New York Important Watches auction will feature five!
The private collection features the Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon, the only known example of a Sky Moon Tourbillon in titanium. The watch has a double dial and 12 complications – tourbillon, perpetual calendar, retrograde date, sky chart, moon-phases, orbit display, sidereal time and minute repeating on cathedral gongs – as well as a basket weave motif on the bezel and dial. It is estimated to sell for between $1M and $1.5M.
Another significant item in the collection is the 1923 Officer, the only split-seconds chronograph produced by Patek Philippe. It is estimated to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million. Also included is the Ref 5033T – estimated at $400,000 – $600,000), and the Ref 5102T Celestial – estimated at $200,000 – $300,000).
The five pieces come from a collection of 12 that have been unknown to collectors until now, and before the auction only four titanium watches made by Patek Philippe were known. The auction takes place June 10.
Courtesy of Forbes