It is no secret that Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran is watch collector with a collection that features many heavy-hitting modern timepieces from Patek Philippe and Richard Mille. Nick Gould recently spotted Sheeran wearing a vintage Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph on the Instagram page of his head security guard, Kevin Myers.
The Patek Philippe Reference 5235/50R-001 annual calendar with regulator-style display was by far Saad Chaudhry’s favorite watch of Baselworld 2019. Here he explains why in great detail while providing quite a bit of history.
November 2018 marked a personal horological high point for GaryG, as he both served on the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and took delivery of an “unobtainable” watch, the Patek Philippe Reference 3940P-027. Gary shares his reasons for buying this rare watch with us here.
GaryG had the pleasure to handle, listen to, photograph, and write about two truly splendid minute repeaters, both property of a good friend: Patek Philippe Reference 5074P and Reference 5078P. They both look great, but you’re probably most interested in how they sound. Well, here’s your chance. Welcome to the great Patek Philippe chime-off!
Mark Wahlberg seems to be be wearing more and more Patek Philippe timepieces. And while promoting his latest film, ‘Instant Family,’ the Boston-born actor was wearing yet another chronograph from the Geneva maison. But not any old Patek Philippe wrist timer: the Reference 5370P split-seconds chronograph.
GaryG looks at, and listens to, Patek Philippe’s splendid References 5074P minute repeater. He considers the 5074P to be one of the finest contemporary wristwatches; it is a piece that awes him every time he handles one. And now you can look at it in every detail right here.
Former Chelsea FC player Frank Lampard faced his former team recently in the English League. While Chelsea came out victorious, Lampard won life by sporting the recently-launched Patek Philippe Reference 5968A-001, the first Aquanaut featuring a chronograph.
Jonah Hill was on “The Ellen Show” recently to promote ‘Mid90s,’ the first film Jonah Hill has directed and written. Nick Gould spotted what looked like a gold Patek Philippe on his wrist. He confirmed a few days later that it was a Nautilus Reference 3800/1J in yellow gold.
Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern personally introduced the latest version of the brand’s successful Twenty-4 collection in Milan: the Twenty-4 Automatic. This is the first mechanical movement in a collection that has until now been powered by quartz and the first to feature a round case. Stern explained that the Twenty-4 Automatic has been five years and 40 prototypes in the making. Nancy Olson learns if it’s all been worthwhile.
Given GaryG’s musings on these pages about the relative roles of rarity and complication in driving the value of a watch, he thinks it appropriate to dedicate this “Behind the Lens” entry to a piece that is both complicated and limited in production: Patek Philippe’s Reference 5950A. What’s so special about this watch? Well, first of all it’s a split-seconds chronograph. What else?