Pictured above, right is a Gentleman’s Chronograph from 1957 - Ref# 2499 in yellow gold case and matching gold bracelet.  Rectangular chrono push-buttons and tachometer scale, annual calendar and moon phase.  Movement: 130 QP.

The entire exhibit continued to deliver delight after delight of impressive treasures.  In Los Angeles, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was a fitting venue for the event.  Significant design and planning was evident - seeming almost as if the room was built by Patek.  A Watchmaker was performing demonstrations of micro-mechanical wonder for easy viewing and accessible for Q&A from visitors.  He was often asked by collectors to take a quick look under their own watches - of which he did oblige on occasion.

Mr. Thierry Stern was also on hand, making himself available to visitors queries and their congratulations.  Equally impressive to the 70+ historic museum pieces - was the presentation of all six lines of Patek’s current collection.  The 5960P Annual Calendar, and Nautilus 5712/1A are just 2 of the pieces that get our vote for “most likely to succeed”.  The 5960P came into the collection in 2006 with its innovative chronograph, and the 5712/1A is a 1970s-inspired case design - with a “complicated” redux.

Complicated watches are gaining more ground around the industry - especially as brands leverage their rich traditions, innovative specialties - and showcase their accomplishments.  It would seem from our perspective that this event surpassed that objective. 

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