Patek Philippe Grand Sonnerie 1914 Photomontage  2 Comments


For serious collectors, a grand sonnerie is the pinnacle complication and only a very small handful of brands are able to produce such movements. Grand Sonneries are able to chime every quarter much like a grandfather clock. It can also perform on demand like a minute repeater. With so many watch houses that churn out tourbillons of late, it is the repeater and more so a Grand Sonnerie that is the ultimate complication to be acquired. Grand Sonneries whether new or old are themselves rare but one made with exquisite craftsmanship with less than 10 ever made - and in such pristine condition, makes this watch truly special - regardless of the brand.
While this grand pocket watch is not how most would wish to carry a timepiece, this antique is clearly a beautiful work of art which makes it all the more awe worthy to note that it was made almost a hundred years ago. One can appreciate the quality of the sound of the gongs - its pitch, clarity and resonance only after listening to several repeaters to understand the vast variance in quality of repeater gong chimes. I have heard a few and this Patek is a real surprise. Hearing it clearly chime every quarter during the photo shoot, it made me realise in retrospect how little has changed in terms of horological quality over past 100 years.
CLICK HERE to see my collection of images of this Grand Sonnerie.
- HT
Thanks and gratitude to the very fortunate collector and gentleman - who asked to remain anonymous - for permitting me to photograph his watch.



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