Many of the watches offered for sale in this catalogue
are pictured with straps made of endangered or
protected animal materials such as alligator or
crocodile. These lots are marked with the symbol
~ in the catalogue. These endangered species straps
are shown for display purposes only and are not for
sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior
to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites,
Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed
endangered species strap available to the buyer of the
lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale
site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check
with the department for details on a particular lot.
The Property of an Important Asian Private Collector
The following four lots, 92 - 95, represent the complete set of Patek Philippe’s ref. 5970 chronograph wristwatches, avaible in all three gold colours and in platinum.
All four watches are sold with the original Patek Philippe certificates, second case backs and presentation boxes, the rarity of these fine timepieces further enhanced by their excellent overall condition.
An instant classic by definition, reference 5970 is the successor of reference 3970 (see lots 141, 142 and 284 in this auction). In production from 2004 to 2010, it was replaced by reference 5270 (see lot 288 in this auction). The third (out of five, at present) member of the Patek Philippe perpetual chronograph wristwatch family, one of the most revered lineages among the company's historical and contemporary production, the model is a mesmerizing "trait d'union" between modern watchmaking and historical heritage. The dial is obviously inspired by the firm’s 1940s production, with the distinctive railway minute divisions combined with Arabic five minute divisions, and the outer tachymetre scale.
The case design is more modern, with a generous 40 mm. diameter and sculpted lugs, the more than worthy successors of the iconic fluted lugs of previous reference 3970, and of course incepted with the even earlier reference 2499. The movement is based on a Lemania ébauche, heavily modified and finished by Patek Philippe. This reference is the last perpetual chronograph by Patek Philippe powered by a Lemania ébauche: the historical partnership between the companies ended in 2010, with reference 5270 sporting the new "in-house" calibre.