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Statement watches to gift that someone special this Christmas

Top-tier timepieces for the horological connoisseur. PS: Some are special orders and may require a bit of a wait.

  • Statement watches to gift


    Before we start, here are a few things to note about the Ref. 6301P Grande Sonnerie. Patek Philippe’s recently unveiled sonic blockbuster costs more than a million dollars – 1.15 million Swiss francs or S$1.7 million to be exact. And money alone isn’t enough – it’s one of those top-of-the-line timepieces one has to specially apply to purchase.

    Here’s why the Ref. 6301P is so special. In the already rarefied world of chiming watches, the grande sonnerie (French for “grand strike”) – which can automatically sound the hours and quarters – is right at the top. Only a handful of manufactures and watchmakers are capable of crafting one, and the Ref. 6301P is Patek’s first “pure” grande sonnerie wristwatch.

    As with other grande sonnerie watches, it also features petite sonnerie, which automatically sounds the hours and quarters, without sounding the hours at each quarter, and minute repeater functions. Although Patek Philippe has a long history of producing chiming pocket watches and minute-repeater wristwatches, it first created a grande sonnerie in a wristwatch with the 20-complication Ref. 5175 Grandmaster Chime in 2014. That 175th-anniversary model had five acoustic functions, including grande and petite sonneries.

    Housed in a platinum case measuring 44.8mm in diameter and 12mm in height, the new manually wound movement, Calibre GS 36-750 PS IRM, powers the Ref. 6301P. Your recipient – or you – will probably not receive it by Christmas, but great things are worth the wait.


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