4th Sep 2023
Weekly Wind Down | Sales Highlights including watches from Rolex, Patek Philippe and Jaeger-LeCoultre
by Nick Bennett
2023 Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 'Regulator'
This under-appreciated reference carries plenty of horological weight, being the first time Patek Philippe has produced a regulator-style watch. Add an annual calendar into the mix - a signature complication invented by the Geneva-based watchmaker back in ‘96 - and all of a sudden, you have a very intriguing offering.
What makes a regulator-style watch so visually engaging is the separation of hours, minutes and seconds into different registers. This unconventional layout originated from workshops where watchmakers used regulator clocks as a reference due to their accuracy. In typical Patek Philippe fashion, they have taken this arrangement and combined it with impeccable watchmaking. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £32,322.
2022 Rolex Day-Date 40
For some, the Day-Date’s appeal lies in its impressive history, its superior build quality and its versatility. For others, it’s just a straight-up flex. And when it comes to brandishing a bit of bling, it’s hard to go past this version of the Crown’s premier dress watch.
Not only do we have a case and bracelet crafted in solid gold, and a fluted bezel that reflects more light than a disco ball, this reference has a dial completely paved with brilliant cut diamonds. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Rolex decided to continue the theme, opting for baguette diamonds to mark the hours. There’s just enough room for the signature day and date windows to peer through, nestled amongst a sea of precious stones. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £46,640.
2000’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
This handsome Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso earned its spot in the weekly highlights reel for two reasons. The first is its iconic status and timeless appeal, courtesy of an art-deco design that dates back to 1931. The second is the incredible value that the Reverso currently offers on the second hand market.
This Grande Taille reference from the 2000s is presented in a slightly larger case, more aligned with contemporary tastes. It's crafted in polished stainless steel and matched with a silver-white dial featuring contrasting Arabic numerals, blued hands and a recessed small seconds sub register. With a rotating case and manually-wound movement, the Reverso delivers plenty of personality and style. Recently sold on Watch Collecting for £3,140.