I lately had the chance to evaluation John Goldberger’s new book titled ‘Patek Philippe Steel Watches’ and ask him a couple of concerns concerning this monumental horological book.
This lately released book particulars the technical and historical significance in the whole spectrum of Patek Philippe’s steel timepiece production (listed right here). The introduction in the book is by watch professional Giampiero Negretti which puts the topic matter within the right historic context and particulars some fascinating details concerning the development of steel watches (like the merits and significance of Staybrite steel).
The huge 438 page book, total having a perlage print slipcase and cork book cover, is among the of most extensively researched and total watch books ever written on any wristwatch brand. The reality that the book was written and photographed by exactly the same individual adds an element that only a watch aficionado could appreciate the original photography and text answer the concerns that onlyknowledgeable watch collectorswould ask. What marks are scratched below the dial? What do these numbers mean in between the lugs? What ought to an original dial appear like? Who really produced the case, if not Patek Philippe? All these concerns are answered in excellent detail.
The archive pictures inside the book, numerous by no means prior to seenpublicly, reveal a few of the well-known owners of Patek steel watches, technical drawings wholesale rolex watches, original ads, and documentation showing original certificates and boxes that accompanied many Patek references.
Personally, my preferred component in the book will be the discussion and accompanyingimages on dial production for vintage Patek Philippe references. Studying how dials had been produced assists 1 provide a much more educated opinion on the originality of a dial these days. This can be a extremely essential subject that has not been academically addressed in any text on Patek Philippe till now.
From early 20th century steel pocket watches towards the whole Patek Nautilus line, this book covers it all. It is not inexpensive, 290 Euros plus shipping, however it is certainly worth it for any severe watch library. With only 2000 copies printed, this book might turn out to be a collectors item itself. Following all, it does not price a lot much more than a replacement strap for the 5119J.
Mr. Goldberger, watch author and professional, kindly agreed to answer some concerns for Hodinkee regardingthis new book:
John Reardon: Initial, why did you select the subject of stainless steel watches by Patek Philippe?
John Goldberger: I decided to create this new book following 4 books on Omega, Longines and Rolex, all published by Damiani, simply because I didn’t discover in the marketplace a Patek Philippe book devoted to collectors and watch enthusiasts with detailed pictures and info concerning these magnificent timepieces. For me the stainless steel is really a extremely attractive material and it is extremely uncommon to locate in all Swiss business a lot of watches with extraordinary dials and with high grade complex movements. This book is really a journey covering a century of Patek Philippe’s quintessential spirit. In this tome you are able to discover 187 superb and uncommon examples, which includes the models of today’s production, traced back trough time thanks to painstaking study, using the collaboration in the world’s top collectors and also the Patek Philippe Museum.
JR: The cover is produced from cork, extremely unusual! Is this inspired from the Nautilus box?
JG: The sophisticated cover is manufactured in actual cork and it’s in homage towards the Patek Philippe presentation box in the Nautilus launched in the marketplace in 1976.
JR: What’s the present state in the vintage Patek Philippe marketplace?
JG: The marketplace for the Patek Philippe watches is in an excellent shape only for greatest high quality and extremely uncommon examples! These days the globe wide collectors spend a premium for watches with by no means touched dials, no polished instances, original documentation and provenance. It might be a large cost gap in between a regular model and also the exact same in n.o.s. circumstances: double or triple value.
JR: What was your greatest challenge in compiling this book?
JG: Compiling the text and photographing these extremely uncommon timepieces, I was focused to emphasize the top quality in the Geneva watchmaking: Patek’s suppliers within the last century had been the very best within the Swiss horology business. In the Stern dial factory, dials had been handmade and these extraordinary pieces of art are extremely challenging to reproduce these days; the casemakers Fred Borgel, Croisier, Wenger, Dubois created instances with an innovative style patented with numerous brevets. The bracelets by Gay Freres became extremely well-liked due to the high quality of its function and also the originality of its creations. Patek’s movements have an excellent finishing and extremely accurate particulars compared to most contemporary production.
JR: How did you begin studying about and appreciating fine watches?
JG: I began to collect watches 35 years ago, when I was 20 years old I purchased my initial Patek, a reference 565 in steel for only $400. I browsed within the flea markets with my parents, lengthy time art collectors and I realized how the price in the vintage and utilized watches had been so inexpensive compared the new watches, and also it was so fascinating to observe the style and also the appeal of vintage bubble backs and Princes by Rolex compared with 1970′s watch production.
JR: What watch are you currently wearing now?
JG: Now I’m collecting only couple of watches with very top quality: Omega, Longines, Cartier, Rolex, Patek as well as other brand’s chronographs. Now I’m wearing couple of watches having a easy and sophisticated style: a platinum Cartier cintre, a large Patek steel Calatrava Ref. 570 and an “Egyptian” Panerai ref. 6154.
JR: Inside your opinion, what’s your preferred steel Patek ever produced?
JG: The “Holy Grail” in the Patek steel collectable watches will be the reference 1518, In my book the only 4 recognized examples are totally illustrated and they’re all proudlycherished trophies in the Italy’s most distinguished private watch collections. My preferred watch fitted with steel instances by Patek are the references 570 and 565, simply because their style is contemporary and easy, the well-known German Architect Ludwig Mies van de Rohe stated: “God is within the details”.