Patek Philippe has a reputable past with Only Watch — a biennial charity auction supporting research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy — and for the past two events, the company’s watches have been extremely high in demand. Back in 2015, the duo auctioned off a stainless steel reference 5016 for CHf 7.3 million Swiss Francs, or $739,3221 USD, and two years later in 2017 Patek Philippe created a titanium reference 5208 for the event, which went for another CHf 6.2 million Swiss Francs, or roughly $627,9174 USD. This year, the Swiss luxury watchmakers will be following up its successes with its most complex model ever made: a one-of-a-kind Grandmaster Chime 6300A.
Unlike conventional watches, the Grandmaster Chime impressively boasts a double-sided case, with a salmon dial on the front and a black dial on the back. This is made possible by Patek Philippe’s Caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM, allowing both faces indicate the time and date. The model was first released in 2014, known as the reference 5175R at the time, in celebration of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary. Only seven were made, and each had a price tag of $2.6 million USD. Two years later, the company brought the watch back as the reference 6300G in white gold with a similar cost of $2.2 million USD. This time round, the Swiss firm created the watch in stainless steel, and the front salmon dial features the lettering “The Only One,” signifying its uniqueness.
For those interested, the Only Watch 2019 auction will take place in Geneva this November, and the organizers estimate the watch to go for $2 million to $2.5 million USD, although many believe it will far exceed that amount. If you’re interested, head over to Only Watch’s site to learn more.
For other Only Watch timepieces, Tudor also created a unique Black Bay Ceramic One for the occasion.
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