Fit for Royalty: A Unique Patek Philippe Pocket Watch

13 March 2024

Another highlight of the upcoming Exclusive Timepieces Auction; a unique and historically significant Patek Philippe pocket watch specially ordered in 1928 for King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, made in platinum with Breguet numbers dial, emeralds and diamond inserts, with Royal emblem on the back.

An extraordinary timepiece realized for King Alexander which was a notable figure in the history of the Balkans. The watch is distinguished not only by its royal commission but also by its personalization with a diamond-set monogram and royal crown on the case back, as detailed in the extract from the Patek Philippe archives.

The pocket watch's design is as remarkable as its history. Its platinum case features an unusual square shape, a rarity for Patek Philippe pocket watches, and is adorned with exquisite diamond and emerald decorations, enhancing its preciousness and appeal. Furthermore, the use of emeralds at the time was an extremely rare and valuable configuration which brings testimony of its overall importance. The back of the watch features a coat of arms with a crown, underscoring its origin as a personal request from King Alexander I, a monarch who played a pivotal role in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia's history. The watch's silver-toned dial, black enamel outer track, Breguet numerals, and Breguet-style hands collectively confirm the special nature of this incredible timepiece.

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