This week on Wrist Recreation or Crying Disgrace, I get pleasure from a neo-vintage Patek Philippe Gondolo 5014G. The query shall be whether or not you are feeling the identical or not. However first…
Final week, I confirmed you the newer Omega Seamaster Bullhead in white dial kind and a wholesome dose of purple, white, and blue. Effectively, of us, I actually couldn’t have scripted a extra applicable watch submit election as a result of this oddball completed with a Wrist Recreation win by — look ahead to it — 4 measly votes. Our Head of Operations, Daniel, is presently administering a recount. I count on outcomes by 2022. Immediately’s watch is certain to polarize, however I don’t care. Let’s discuss in regards to the Patek Philippe Gondolo 5014G.
I completely must stage with you. I’m simply not that into Patek Philippe. As is my wont, I usually evaluate watches to vehicles so right here we go once more. I get pleasure from sporty vehicles from the 1950s onwards most with a selected curiosity in all issues Italian from the 1950s and 60s. These vehicles had character and look as gorgeous to me right this moment as they will need to have 50 or 60 odd years in the past. Alternatively, I’ve by no means been an enormous fan of stately autos from a model like Rolls-Royce. Effectively, for some purpose, I liken Patek to such autos. I discover them a bit dry and, if I’m being sincere, boring.
It doesn’t imply that I don’t or can’t admire a Patek Philippe. Restraint is usually a beautiful factor and the model has clearly created some wonderful problems throughout its historical past. They merely aren’t my cup of tea. However each as soon as in awhile (and similar to with a Rolls), there’s a mannequin that catches my eye. The early 2000s Gondolo 5014G is such a mannequin.
The Gondolo 5014G
I assume it was within the mid-1990’s when I discovered myself visiting the Huge Apple. It was a pre-holiday journey to satisfy relations after ending exams at college a pair hours away. These have been significantly enjoyable occasions and I actually loved visiting all of the watch outlets. The previous Tourneau Time Machine (which can have opened later and I’m complicated my journeys) was a selected favourite. I didn’t love the salesperson who would not-so-stealthily observe alongside by means of all 4 flooring hoping for a little bit of fee, however such is life. On the topmost flooring, there was an incredible choice from all the highest manufacturers. I feel it was up right here that I first caught sight of the Patek Gondolo 5014G. Out of all of the rattling watches in that store, it was this mannequin that shook me.
What a dial
The issue, although, as a scholar was an absolute lack of funds. If I recall, the Gondolo 5014G crossed the 5-figure mark and that was (and is) extremely costly. Now, why on earth would I be so taken by a 28mm by 34mm rectangular watch? Firstly, this wasn’t such a small dimension in these days. Second, simply take a look at it! Patek made these in each white and yellow gold from what I can inform and so they used a case widespread to the road.
However the dial — oh that dial — with its artwork deco numerals, black background, and gold minutes monitor was and nonetheless is elegant. The watches got here with a shiny black crocodile strap that provides to the category. And to prime all of it off, the 18 jewel caliber 215 guide wind motion lurks throughout the case.
The Gondolo continues to be on my checklist
I have to admit that the Patek Philippe Gondolo 5014G continues to be on my want checklist. I really just like the considered proudly owning such a phenomenal rectangular watch and all of the extra so as a result of they’re firmly outdoors of most collector’s eyes. That retains costs at an affordable stage regardless that there’s definitely a Patek premium at work right here. The primary factor that has stopped me is the excessive value and considerations over the truth that I wouldn’t use it. However I discover it a novel selection amongst Patek items and insufferably attractive. It could be a bit small, however I’ll have one sometime.
I had a take a look at Chrono24 and located right this moment’s Gondolo 5014G, which is owned by Jeweelwinkel in The Netherlands. The photographs are from the vendor. As you’ll be able to see, the watch is in beautiful situation and comes with its containers and papers. The watch was lately serviced and an image of the watchmaker may be seen within the advert for good measure. The strap and the buckle are authentic and, sure, that is the white gold model. For €eight,767, it’s proper in the midst of most items on supply, however I do just like the current service bonus. Now, readers, I’ve to ask if this diminutive Patek is sort of as attention-grabbing for you as it’s for me.