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The Patek Philippe Ref. 5059: The Finest Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

by on October 1st, 2009

Vintage Patek Philippe 5059G, $55,000

One of the best parts of my job is being able to see some of the finest watches in the world- often taken in on trade from customers. For instance, last week, we purchased a vintage Patek Philippe ref. 5059.

The 5059 features a perpetual calendar that incorporates a rare and intriguing complication: a retrograde date display. In short, the date is indicated by a hand that progresses along a 240 degree arc between 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock. At midnight on the last day of each month (whether it is the 28th, 30th or 31st!), the hand automatically jumps back to the 1st. Moreover, the watch displays moon phases; the date and month; as well as a leap year indication.

The watch’s elegant 18kt white gold case incorporates an officer’s-style, hinged case back that enables the wearer to see this impressive movement.

My takeaway: at $55,000, this is a great investment for an extremely cool perpetual retrograde.

The Datejust II: Rolex’s Flagship Collection Now Comes in a Larger Case

by on September 1st, 2009

Rolex Datejust II

On the 60th anniversary of the Datejust’s original launch, Rolex presents the Oyster Perpetual Datejust II. The new model updates the iconic 36mm Datejust design with a 41mm case.

Watch lovers may notice that Rolex made the same size change last year in the Day-Date II, which expanded another 36mm Rolex favorite, the Day-Date, by five millimeters. Visually the Datejust II and Day-Date II are similar in many respects. However, the Datejust II is exclusively available on an Oyster Bracelet, while the Day-Date series is known for its President Bracelet. Unlike the Day-Date series, the Datejust II only comes in stainless steel and gold variations, as opposed to platinum or entirely gold, and with a fluted bezel.

My takeaway: this is an exceedingly cool watch- it comes with a number of exceptional new dial combinations, ranging from the classic to sporty designs that you just cannot find anywhere else. For the money, I think that this is hands down one of the best watches on the market.

Summer Style: Ceramic Watches Hit the Runway

by on August 1st, 2009

Bell & Ross BR-S Ceramic, white ceramic with steel bezel (retail $2,900) and black ceramic with diamond bezel (retail $4,900)

Everyone has a favorite summer “something” – a beach chair, barbecue recipe, or maybe a ballpark. Not surprisingly, we in the Betteridge watch department have a favorite summer watch.

Bell & Ross, the trendsetting Swiss company that makes the amazingly comfortable and readable BR Instrument watches, has launched a ceramic, quartz ladies’ watch. The Bell & Ross watches are far better made than the vast majority of fine ceramic watches and, frankly are a whole lot more fun!

At 39mm with an unusually slim case, it fits wonderfully on the wrist. It comes in two colors – a very sleek black, or a crisp white and both colors are available with either an elegant simple case or with an accented diamond bezel.

Patek’s Iconic 5960 is Now in Rose Gold

by on July 1st, 2009

Patek Philippe 5960R, retail $59,500

In 2006, Patek Philippe launched its first automatic chronograph that included an annual calendar in platinum, the 5960P, and a star was born.

This year at the Basel Fair in Switzerland, Patek introduced a new version of this hugely popular watch in rose gold, the 5960R, and it promises to be just as much of a fan favorite.

The 18kt rose gold of the case, coupled with the lighter grey of the dial, gives the watch a softer, more retro feeling than the platinum version, while the matte brown alligator strap and adjustable deployant buckle add an elegant finishing touch to this horological masterpiece.

With a 40.5mm case, the watch has the easily readable day, date and month apertures; power reserve indicator; day/night display; plus the signature 60-minute and 12-hour monocounter at 6pm. The 5960R has a sapphire crystal back to showcase this complicated watch movement.

Panerai Introduces its First Movement Entirely Manufactured In-House

by on June 1st, 2009

Panerai Luminor 1950 Marina, Retail $7,400

2009 is an exciting year in the world of Panerai – it marks the introduction of the P.9000 calibre movement, Panerai’s first “workhorse” movement to be manufactured entirely in-house.

Panerai is releasing two models that incorporate the new movement, the PAM00312 (strap version) and the PAM00328 (bracelet version), both of which are protected by a 44mm stainless steel Luminor 1950 case with a basic black dial.

The watches feature an automatic mechanical movement with a power reserve capacity of three days, as well as small second hand and date complications. A see-through case back displays the P.9000 movement, and the dial is covered by sapphire crystal that has been treated with an anti-reflective coating. Additionally, the watches are water resistant to 300 meters.

The New Patek Philippe Ladies’ Calatrava Ref. 7119

by on May 1st, 2009

Patek Philippe 7119/1G, Retail $29,700

The 7119 is the first Patek of the Basel 2009 collection to hit the stores. It is positively gorgeous.

At 31mm, it is a wonderful women’s size, and it is exciting to see the traditional hobnail, Calatrava bezel revamped for this contemporary beauty.

Whether you are wearing a little black dress or a white t-shirt, the white lacquer dial with its delicate roman numerals and elegant seconds subdial looks stunning. In addition, the matte champagne alligator strap that comes on the yellow gold version is particularly chic.

Adding a subtle magnificence, the 7119 features an exhibition case back showcasing the watch’s spectacular hand-wound, mechanical movement in action.