Sunday, April 11, 2021

Patek Philippe Ad New Yorker Magazine November 23, 1963

Watches & Wonders 2021
Patek Philippe Reference 5236P-001
In-Line Triple Date Moonphase
Perpetual Calendar

Patek Philippe just introduced an all new reference 5236P-001 In-Line Triple Date Moonphase Perpetual Calendar with a blue dial that is based upon the design of a Patek Pocketwatch from the 1970s and 1980s which carried a reference of 725/4.

The magnificent Patek Philippe Reference 5236P-001 is pictured below.

The new Patek Philippe Reference 5236P-001 In-Line Triple Date Moonphase Perpetual Calendar with a blue dial that is based upon the design of a Patek Pocketwatch from the 1970s and 1980s which carried a reference of 725/4 with is pictured below in this photo that appears courtesy of Sotheby's.

When I first saw the new Patek Reference 5236 I immediately recognized the design language from the Patek pocket watch seen above which I published the following story about as seen below on October 10, 2011.

Patek Philippe Ad
New Yorker Magazine
November 23, 1963

This Patek Philippe ad was published in the New Yorker Magazine on November 23, 1963 and it states:

Patek Philippe has left a deeper impression on the world of watchmaking than any other watch.

This ad features the really cool 18kK Patek Philippe Men's Perpetual Calendar, Minute Repeater Pocket Watch at the top, which is a Reference 844. The Reference 844 is also known as The American Digital Perpetual Calendar Pocketwatch.

This image appears courtesy of Antiquorum Auction House, and shows in better detail, the linear aperture which indicates month, date, and day of the week as well as the phases of the Moon. This is a super-clean, simple look for which Patek Philippe is renowned.
It is fascinating to note the ad at the top of this story was published just when U.S. President John Kennedy was assassinated. The following photo was taken on November 22, 1963. As a side note, JFK wore a Patek Philippe wristwatch, but I have not been able to find a photo of it yet.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Patek Philippe Leaves Baselworld

Patek Philippe

 Leaves Baselworld

Patek Philippe, along with Rolex, Chanel, Chopard & Tudor announced they were leaving the Baselworld Trade Show to form a new Trade show with the Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie as we see in the press release below which spells out all the details.

Patek Philippe President, Thierry Stern said:

"The decision to leave Baselworld was not an easy one to take for me, being the fourth generation of the Stern family to participate to this traditional yearly event. But life evolves constantly, things change and people change as well, whether it is at the level of those responsible for the watch fair organization, the brands or the clients. We constantly have to adapt ourselves, question what we do, since what was right yesterday may not necessarily be valid today!

Today Patek Phillip is not in line with Baselworld's vision any more, there have been too many discussions and unsolved problems, trust in no longer present.

We need to answer the legitimate needs of our retailers, the clients and the press from around the world. They have to be able to discover the new models from Swiss watchmakers each year, at one time, in one place, and this in the most professional manner possible.

That is why, following several discussions with Rolex and in agreement with other participating brands, we have decided to created, all together, a uniques event in Geneva, representative of our savior-faire.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Trevor Noah: Award Winning Comedian




Brown Gradated Dial, Rose Gold Bracelet

His dad is Swiss and his wristwatch, too. His mother is Xhosa. The South African comedian and host of The Daily Show is also on Netflix with shows like "Son of Patricia" and "Afraid of the Dark," and has sold out a stand-up world tour. Add to that his producing credits, a bestselling book, an increasing number of red-carpet appearances and his 10.4 million and 5.7 million Twitter and Instagram followers, respectively, and you’re touching the tip of the iceberg of Trevor Noah's celebrity.

This Nautilus fan has received a Primetime Emmy Award win from six nominations and was named one of "The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

His 2016 book, Born a Crime, became a #1 New York Times Bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Newsday, Esquire, NPR, and Booklist. A film adaptation based on the book will star Lupita Nyong'o as Trevor's mother Patricia.

A few years ago, he took the helm of Comedy Central’s flagship show—and the most politically influential comedy program on TV—The Daily Show. Since then Noah has been an object of both fascination and perplexity. He became the youngest comic anchor in an evening slot.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ladies Nautilus Ad


Ladies Nautilus Ad

Blue Dial, Steel Case

There's something about a steel watch with a blue dial that makes it forever elegant. I love this ad because, one, it portrays a mom and her daughter in a hobby that I've found disproportionally masculine; and two, I can picture the child as she grows up, always looking up to that mesmerizing blue dial on her mother's wrist and remembering it forever.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Tom Holland: Rose Gold Aquanaut 5167R




Chocolate brown composite strap

The British actor rose to stardom for playing Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the Marvel superhero films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

Tom Holland is a graduate of the BRIT School in London, and he appeared on stage in 2008 in the title role of Billy Elliot the Musical in London's West End. His other films include In the Heart of the Sea (2015), and The Current War (2017). In 2017, he received the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Holland resides in Kingston upon Thames in London, near the house of his parents and younger brothers. He has a blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Tessa. Along with his three younger brothers, he sponsors The Brothers Trust, a UK Registered Charity that raises money for various charitable causes.

Holland publicly credits his father, comedian and writer Dominic Holland, for keeping his Spider-Man fame from "getting to his head."

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ref. 5396R: Annual Calendar Moonphase

Annual Calendar


The Ref. 5396 men’s Annual Calendar in rose gold has a blue sunburst dial and applied hour markers with baguette diamonds.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Michael Fassbender: Aquanaut 5167A

Spartan, Superhero, Steve Jobs

Michael Fassbender

He was nominated twice for an Oscar; once for playing a slave owner in 12 Years a Slave, and then in 2016 for playing Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender also joined the Marvel Comics team and played Magneto in X-Men: First Class. He wears an Aquanaut 5167A.

The German-Irish actor first caught viewers' attention in the 2001 war drama miniseries Band of Brothers. He made his film debut playing a Spartan soldier in Zack Snyder's 300. He also appeared as a British soldier in Quentin Tarantino-directed film Inglourious Basterds.

When launched in 1997, the Aquanaut created a sensation. It was young, modern and unexpected. Its case was a rounded octagon, inspired by that of the Nautilus. And it sported a “tropical” strap, made of a new composite material ultra-resistant to wear, salt water and uv radiation.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Robert De Niro Academy Awarding Actor Patek Philippe Ref 3940 Perpetual Calendar and Ref 6006G

Academy Awarding Winning Actor

Robert De Niro 

Patek Philippe Ref 3940
Perpetual Calendar and Ref 6006G

Robert De Niro is considered one of the finest actors of his generation, winning two Academy Awards. He won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1975, for his portrayal as a young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film, The Godfather Part II. 

This is marks the first and only time in the history of the Academy Awards, that two actors have won an Oscar for playing the same character in different films.  Marlon Brando won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as the older Vito Corleone in The Godfather.

In 1981, De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his performance as real life boxer Jake La Motta in Raging Bull.
De Niro has a partnership with noted Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and they co-own the successful Nobu group of restaurants. 

De Niro attended the opening of the Nobu Hotel on May 16, 2018 in Marbella, Spain.  He was sporting a Patek Philippe Reference 3940 Perpetual Calendar in Platinum.  The reference 3940 was made from 1985 to 2006 and Jake has previously written about his love for the watch here: How I became fascinated with Patek Philippe.

It seems Robert De Niro likes to wear Patek Philippes to the opening of his restaurants, as fast forward a few months later to another opening and he had another Patek on his wrist.

The photo below was taken at the ground-breaking ceremony for the world's first integrated Nobu Residences, Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant in Toronto, Canada on June 11, 2018.  De Niro was wearing a Reference 6006G.  This 18k white gold cased timepiece has a polarizing dial design, featuring a subsidiary seconds at the 4 o’clock position and the numerals for the date placed on the outer track of the dial.


It turns out Chef Nobu also likes the brand. I happened to come across a video on the Nobu website of De Niro and Chef Nobu reminiscing on how the restaurant got started and spotted the familiar sight of a Calatrava cross deployant buckle on the wrist of Chef Nobu.

A bit later in the video we are provided with the money shot of Chef Nobu’s watch.  He is wearing a Reference 5496 Perpetual Calendar in Platinum!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wei Koh & Auro Montanari Patek Perpetual Calendar Reference 3449

Wei Koh & Auro Montanari

Patek Perpetual Calendar

Reference 3449

Two of my favorite people just discussed one of the most beautiful Patek Philippe watches in history, and here it is!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wei Koh Interviews Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern

Wei Koh Interviews 

Patek Philippe CEO

Thierry Stern

My pal, Wei Koh interviewed Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern at Baselworld 2019, and as would be expected, they had an AMAZING conversation!!!!

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