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Patek Philippe's Unique Grande Sonnerie Fetches 15.7 Million Swiss Francs at Only Watch 2024 Charity Auction

At the Only Watch 2024 charity auction, held on Friday May 10 2024 at Christie’s in Geneva, the Grande Sonnerie Reference 6301A-010 in steel fetched the sum of 15.7 million Swiss francs. Patek Philippe is proud and pleased to be able to donate this amount to the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies AMM) so as to contribute to the development of treatments for degenerative neuromuscular diseases.

Since the first edition in 2005, Patek Philippe has remained a staunch supporter of the Only Watch charity auction, each time donating a special, unique version of one of its timepieces, usually a Grand Complication.

For the tenth edition of Only Watch, Patek Philippe chose to showcase its mastery in the realm of chiming watches by reinterpreting the Grande Sonnerie Reference 6301, an outstanding timepiece launched in 2020, uniting a grande sonnerie (the “Grail” of acoustic functions), a petite sonnerie and a minute repeater. The unique piece created for the 2024 sale is the first version of Reference 6301 in steel – a metal rarely used for the Patek Philippe Grand Complications. It is also distinguished by its dial, adorned with a combination of rare handcrafts: the gold dial plate is hand-guilloched in a swirling pattern, shining through coats of translucent blue-green Grand Feu enamel, according to the traditional technique of flinqué enameling. Twelve baguette-cut diamond hour markers add to this graceful play of light. The elegant case in polished steel features a concave bezel and countersunk, satin-brushed flanks. The caliber GS 36-750 PS IRM manually-wound movement (703 parts) is notable for its three classic gongs, its two patents related to the striking mechanism and its patented jumping small seconds at 6 o’clock.

Patek Philippe is delighted to be able to place its know-how and renown at the service of the fight against degenerative neuromuscular diseases. The Geneva manufacture also thanks all its customers and the devotees of haute horlogerie and collectors of fine mechanisms who –in the course of these ten editions of Only Watch – have expressed their confidence in the brand by being prepared to raise the bidding and by investing considerable amounts in aid of research into muscular dystrophy.

ML Staff. Courtesy of Patek Philippe


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