Founded in 1839 Patek Philippe is a bastion of independence, tradition and innovation, creating some of the world’s most desirable timepieces.

What Sealed The Deal – Andrio's Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5167A-001

We were the stars of the show at the first ever Time+Tide event in Brisbane a few weeks back. That is, until Andrio turned up with his Patek Philippe Aquanaut. This watch has a way of winning the day, whenever it gets revealed from under a cuff.   I started my watch collections with Panerai. Big watches. I had 24 Panerais at one point in my life. Then I had a mass consolidation, and realised I was more around 40,…

RECOMMENDED READING: An interview with one of the world's foremost vintage Patek Philippe collectors

John Reardon is one of the world's foremost experts on collectible vintage watches, having recently left his position as Christie's International Head of Watches, and one of the areas he is most passionate about is vintage Patek Philippe. So what better way to express that passion and put his wealth of knowledge to good use than start his own dealership of vintage Patek Philippe? He launched Collectability to guide interested members of the watch world on their Patek Philippe collecting…

3 things you never knew about the Patek Philippe Nautilus

The Patek Philippe Nautilus forms the basis of this historic brand's sports collection, which rivals the very best in the business. And the genesis of this iconic model shares its history with another legendary sports watch, further cementing the status of the man behind both pieces. Designed by Gérald Genta, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak hit the market four years before he followed up with the Nautilus, which debuted in 1976. Being responsible for two of the industry's most recognisable…

How to justify your watch purchases to your partner, a new series, starting with 'The Heirloom Defence'

MEET THE ENABLER: Defending the indefensible is a tiresome but necessary business. Obviously, we understand that you've found a new must-have watch to add to your collection (congratulations!). But the next step, making it happen, may not always fly with non-believers whose reactions will likely range from horror to derision to divorce. That's where The Enabler comes in … Use his advanced levels of sophistry to validate your latest, or next, acquisition. The problem is that, to your wife, it's…

RECOMMENDED READING: 14 lessons from Christies' watch auction expert

To work at one of the largest international auction houses in the world, you need to know your stuff, which makes you very good at evaluating the world's rarest watches and also passing that knowledge onto collectors and enthusiasts. One such watch auction expert is Dr Andrew Hildreth, who is responsible for presenting and writing Christie's online course, "History of Watches: 1700 to Now", a comprehensive overview of just about everything you might need to know about the last 300…

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