Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2017-08-08

Last month we brought you news of the Patek Philippe Grande Exhibition taking place in New York City. Free to the public, this largest-of-its-kind exhibition showcased more than 400 current and vintage watches, as well as demonstrations of their arts by watchmakers, engravers, enamelers and more. The exhibit also was the perfect venue for Patek Philippe to unveil a host of new watches, many dedicated strictly to the US market, and some that are world firsts.

In fact, the Ref. 5531R World Time Minute Repeater, New York Special Edition watch, is one such special piece. The grand complication, which retails for more than $500,000, is the first world time watch to chime the time in the local time zone (with a choice of 24 zones). The all-new movement, the R27 HU ultra-thin self-winding caliber with 462 parts, has several patents pending.

The watch — a beautiful work of art and craftsmanship — is created in two hand-painted cloisonné dial versions: one that pays tribute to New York with a skyline by day and the other by night. The case back is fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal for viewing the movement, which carries the Patek Philippe Seal. The watch is also sold with an interchangeable gold case back. Both are engraved with the phrase “Patek Philippe New York 2017.” Just five pieces of each version will be made.

Stay tuned for more information about the Patek Philippe products unveiled last month. Stop in our store to see this brand any time.

2017-07-11

In what may be one of the largest-ever Patek Philippe exhibitions, and most likely the largest-ever watch brand presentation in New York, Patek Philippe brings 450 historic, legendary and current-day timepieces to the forefront. Beginning July 13 and running until July 23, the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is free and open to the public.

For this amazing showcase of time and innovation, Patek Philippe has taken over the entire space of Cipriani 42nd Street — and has even built a second floor in the historic space. The brand has divided the space into 10 different rooms to showcase its innovation, its watchmaking prowess and its watches. From a theater room and a U.S. historic room to demonstrations of watchmaking and the brand's legendary rare handcrafts, the exhibit is guaranteed to surprise and delight.

Material: Gilt brass, marble, wood. Measurement: 12 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 5". Description: Autonomous quartz clock made by Patek Philippe to accurately and simultaneously present the time in Moscow, Washington D.C., and Berlin. The central dial with sweep seconds displayed the time in Washington D.C. and was signed "Patek Phillppe" an "Heinz Wipperfeld, Berlin". The two smaller dials showed the respective time in Moscow and Berlin. The rectangular gilt brass casing is suspended by a curved wood support fitted into a square marble base. The clock was designed to resemble a nautical instrument recalling President Kennedy's naval service.

Patek Philippe has also brought in famed timepieces from its Geneva museum, and borrowed pieces from private collectors and other museums to give the most comprehensive look at the brand. A clock owned by President John F. Kennedy made by Patek Philippe in the 1960s is on display, as is a watch owned by baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and ultra-complicated pocket watches owned by James Ward Packard and Henry Graves — entrepreneurs of the early 20th century whose bid to own the most complex watches gave way to the world's first most complicated timepieces.

In some rooms, the brand recreates the look of its Geneva boutiques, while others underscore the beauty of the famed city and its lake and fountain. The concept is all about bringing a bit of Geneva and Patek Philippe to America — a country with which the brand has had longstanding and close relationship.  If you have the opportunity to travel to New York City between July 13 and 23 don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

2016-10-11
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Patek Philippe is considered one of the benchmark Swiss watch brands, and one we are happy to carry in our store. This year, we have all been anticipating the unveiling of the brand's newest Nautilus watches that celebrate the 40th anniversary of their unveiling in 1976. Well, the watches were unveiled last week and they are beauties.

Much like the first ever Nautilus, they feature the port-hole-inspired case shape with hinges on the sides. There are two models that — unlike the original steel version — are crafted in platinum for the three-hands version and in 18-karat white gold for the flyback chronograph watch.

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Ref. 5711/1P Nautilus three-hands watch is being built in a limited edition of 700 pieces in platinum. It is powered by the self-winding 324-SC movement that offers three hands and date indication at 3:00. The more complicated 49.25mm Ref. 5976/IG Nautilus Flyback Chronograph in 18-karat white gold is being built in an edition of 1,300 pieces. This watch is powered by the CH 28-520 self-winding flyback chronograph 327-part movement.

Both watches are offered with alluring blue plated 18-karat gold dials with alternating horizontal stripes of dark and light blue. Each dial is inscribed with a notation that recalls the 40th anniversary: “1976 - 40 – 2016.” Additionally, both of the timepieces hold the Patek Philippe Seal.