|Year of production (circa)
18k Yellow gold
24 x 41 mm
Original gold buckle
Patek Philippe service papers 2023
Patek Philippe Ref.433J-SCI
Inspired by the Art Deco movement of the early twentieth century, the Gondolo collection is sleek, stylized, and streamlined. The collection is named after the Rio de Janeiro-based company Gondolo & Labouriau, for whom Patek Philippe produced the famous “Chronometro Gondolo” watches from 1902 to 1927.
Around 1927 there was ‘The Gondolo Gang’, a very elite group of collectors. The 180-member club comprised of the Brazilian elite and membership required a commitment to purchase a Gondolo & Labouriau-commissioned Patek Philippe pocket watch retailing at 790 Francs.
However, members were not asked to pay for the watch in full but rather to sign up for the “Plano do Club Patek Philippe System.” The system was set up to bill each member 10 Francs for 79 weeks. But, to keep things interesting, Gondolo & Labouriau held weekly lotteries to relieve one lucky winner of their future payments. As a result, these weekly lottery drawings became lavish picnics where members proudly wore large straw hats emblazoned with PATEK on them.
Early 1990s Patek launched the Gondolo again. We present you a Gondolo of the year 1996 with original papers. On a beautiful green Croco strap from our private label. The Arabic numerals are one of the Art Deco-inspired things with characterizing this watch. 18K yellow gold case with original 18k Patek buckle, manual winding….
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All the way back in 1839, Franciszek Czapek and Antoni Patek founded Patek, Czapek & Cie. in Geneva. The two Polish watchmakers manufactured pocket watches until an argument drove them apart in 1845. Patek teamed up with French watchmaker Adrien Philippe and in 1851, Patek, Philippe & Cie. was officially registered and the story of arguably the finest of watch manufacturers was truly underway.
The company would amass an impressive array of firsts and records. Among which the first perpetual calendar pocket watch, first split-second chronograph wristwatch, first perpetual calendar wristwatch and for twenty-seven years they held the record for most complicated watch movement: 33 complications.
Yes, we have entered the realm of haute horology.
The house registered its Calatrava cross logo in 1887. The Calatrava would later become one of the brand’s celebrated collections and even a design template for other brands.
Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin form what is lovingly referred to as the Holy trinity of watchmaking. Three houses that specialized in haute horology, pushing the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking, decoration and finishing techniques.
Much like Rolex and Omega rule the everyday-watch category, the Holy trinity rules haute horology. A sentiment reflected in Patek’s motto since 1996: You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.
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