Most expensive Audemars Piguet Watches
Patek Philippe’s very special watch in 2020 — the exclusive stainless steel Patek Philippe premium replica watch — has just broken, effectively erasing, the record for the most expensive watch ever sold at auction.
But it wasn’t just the Patek that stretched into the seven-figure stratosphere at the charitable auction last night, as two other pièce particular replica watches garnered tremendous amounts of attention and, more importantly, bids. Don’t forget it, if like us at times, you feel despair at the runaway nature of high-end auctions, that this is for the good of the world.
Let’s just let that number sink in for a moment for a steel wristwatch. Ever heard of the saying, “I have no idea whether to laugh or cry”? That said, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300A is, of course, a true, inimitable work of art.
This result probably shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise, given that the F.P. Journe Astronomic Blue featured a completely bespoke, prototype movement, Calibre 1619. Moreover, apart from its obvious exclusivity, the solid 18k rose gold movement also happens to be festooned with some of the most impressive complications available on a wristwatch today, including a minute repeater, tourbillon, second time zone, power reserve indicator, annual calendar, equation of time, moon phases and a day-night indicator. The 44mm tantalum case and shimmering dark blue dial also make the Astronomic Blue a very amazing timepiece indeed. In addition, the price achieved by the one-off Journe also makes it one of the most expensive the watchmaker has ever manufactured.
It is totally understandable if the aforementioned sales results didn’t conjure up feelings of profound disbelief, but of course, I’m not the only one who’s been left a little perplexed by the price achieved by Audemars Piguet’s entry into Only Watch 2020 – the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Only Watch Edition. But surely, the openworked tourbillion movement on display is at once both a work of art and a feat of mechanical ingenuity, as is the unique 18k rose and white gold case.