Leading the selection of important and interesting timepieces to be offered at auction on Sunday 14 May in Geneva is the legendary Patek Philippe Calibre 89 in yellow gold. After nearly a decade of research and craftsmanship, the Calibre 89 became the most complicated watch ever created when Patek Philippe unveiled it in 1989 to mark their 150th anniversary.
With just four examples made, the Calibre 89 became the world’s most complex mechanical watch for more than a quarter century, and it remains unequalled in haute horlogerie to this day. Incorporating an enormous 33 complications with 24 hands among 1,728 components, this open-faced astronomical and astrological pocket watch is astoundingly elegant despite its imposing size and weight. One of the most important watches ever to be offered at auction, it remains the brand’s mechanical ambassador. Estimate $6,500,000–10,000,000.
Sotheby’s will present this exceptional timepiece along with a fine selection of vintage and modern watches from the most prominent brands in the market.
The sale will launch the inaugural season at Sotheby’s brand new sales location in Mandarin Oriental, Geneva.
Sunday 14 May 2017
Quai Turretini 1, 1201 Geneva