2023 Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase

This week we’re highlighting a rule-breaker, a Nautilus that takes all the model line's key attributes like steel construction, an integrated bracelet and minimal complications, and throws them out the window.   

The ref. 5712R has made a name for itself by introducing some character and technical charm to the range. The signature rounded octagonal case is crafted in rose gold here and is paired to a leather strap. In fact, when the 5712 first launched in 2006, it was the first ever Nautilus to drop the bracelet in favour of a strap.

The dial is also a standout feature, in all of its  asymmetrical glory. Patek managed to incorporate some of the most popular complications in this unorthodox layout, including a small seconds, radial date, moonphase and power reserve. 

With this version of the 5712 disappearing from the Patek Philippe just a few weeks ago, it’s destined to become one of those collectable quirky versions of a sports watch icon. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £70,150


2022 Rolex Daytona 'Meteorite'

Recently spotted on the wrist of tennis world number one Carlos Alcaraz after his Wimbledon championship victory, this could be the coolest version of the Daytona yet. Not only is the case crafted in gold, but this example has a dial made from meteorite. This piece of space rock crashed into Earth in prehistoric times and is now neatly sitting behind the hands of this Rolex sports watch. 

Aside from its ethereal appeal, the crystallised iron and nickel structure of meteorite has its own unique beauty, not to mention that every single piece is unique. With Rolex now discontinuing meteorite dials from its catalogue, this is a watch that’s sure to continue its ascent in the collectors’ sphere. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £60,500


1995 Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim

The joy is in the hunt when it comes to buying watches, and part of that journey is uncovering bargains on the pre-owned market.  Let me take a moment to highlight a brand that is fast becoming one of the greatest value propositions in the watch world, Blancpain. 

I should clarify that cheap does not equate to nasty in this case, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Blancpain makes some of Switzerland's finest watches and has a dedicated workshop in Le Brassus where master watchmakers craft grand complications such as minute-repeaters, split-seconds chronographs, carousels, tourbillons and ultra-complex calendars. Being the world’s oldest watch brand, it also has an impressive and unrivalled history. 

What do we have here, then? This handsome ultra-thin dress watch from the brand’s Villeret collection is finished in 18K yellow gold and features a handsome double-stepped bezel. A sapphire case back displays the automatic movement with its 21K white gold winding rotor. A timeless classic at an unbeatable price. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £2,000


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