Patek Philippe was on top down under when a 2009 Celestial (Ref 5102) sold for $170,800 at Sotheby’s in Australia.
A similar watch sold for $143,000 at the Hong Kong Important Watches sale for Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, suggesting that prices continue to rise for premium pieces.
Patek Philippe released the Celestial in 2002, and collectors consider it a masterpiece of horological complications.
The watch manages to present a stunning rendition of the Northern Hemisphere’s celestial chart rotating counter clockwise, showing the progression of stars relative to the meridian passage of Sirius.
Simultaneously, the meridian passage and phases of the moon can be seen. Patek Philippe says 25 trillion ratio combinations were researched to determine the greatest accuracy for all the Ref. 5102’s displays.
The watch’s 240 LU CL movement has a 22ct gold micro-rotor engraved with the Calatrava cross.