Watch & Jewellery
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. engineered a send-off for Patek Philippe's prized 'Ref. 5711/1A-010'
Tiffany & Co. engineered a send-off for Patek Philippe's prized 'Ref. 5711/1A-010'

US$6.5 million! At least that was one of the highest payouts that we know in public for this surprising release of the coveted Nautilus Ref. 5711 between its maker Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. Unlike the jeweller’s recent hook-up with Supreme, this timepiece-only partnership carries with it some serious legacy. The pair have been in a working relationship for 170 years and in order to celebrate this rare brand of loyalty, Patek Philippe agreed to give the LVMH-owned jeweller the honour in retiring the hottest commodity in its catalogue (if you just found out, Patek Philippe isn’t making the blue-dialled Ref. 5711/1A-010 any more for reasons that have nothing to do with money). 170 examples of Ref. 5711/1A-018 have been made with a Tiffany blue dial and black indexes, with both co-signs on the panelled face. A similar homage can be viewed from the open case back with its gold rotor featuring both brand names as well as the length of time of their relationship. Expect to hear more about this piece being traded around in auction and the secondary market for decades to come which is perhaps a respectable send-off for a beloved mechanical.

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