Sometimes an event occurs in the world of watch collecting that simply has to be reported. The appearance of an extremely collectable and sought-after Patek Philippe wristwatch at an upcoming auction at Bonhams in the USA. The sale will take place in three locations – New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco – at the same time, and it is one that already has the world’s collectors salivating at the amazing items on offer. Wristwatches are considered a major league and very solid investment these days, and one of those on offer here is very special indeed.

The watch in question is a Patek Philippe reference 2499, described by the auction house as perhaps the most sought-after production wristwatch in the world. This beautiful Chronograph Watch is resplendent in 18carat gold. The intricate and very wonderful movement is simply exquisite, and the watch features moon phases and Perpetual Calendar Watch, as well as registers, and is said to be in absolutely perfect condition. It is considered to be one of the most impressive watches of all time, and the pinnacle of 1950’s watch maker’s art. It is expected to appeal to the most ardent collectors across the world.

Patek Philippe is a name that is regarded in the very echelons of watch collection, and the reference 2499 is one of a long line of perpetual calendar watches that the company has perfected since the early part of the 20th century. It is at once beautiful and amazing, and is simply as delicate and glorious as a watch can get. For those of us who love our watches it is something that we can only dream of wearing; the guide price for this one is between $250,000 and $350,000 and experts reckon it could easily exceed that top estimate.

Fine wristwatches have gained in popularity with collectors, and this sale features many more examples of the art; also on offer is a superb and rare Beat Haldimann HI tourbillion model, a precision watch that dates only from 2002 but is the very embodiment of the modern handmade precision watch. This is horology as art, a fine watch that will only grow in value, and it is offered at $60,000 to $80,000. For those who have the sort of money that allows them to invest in such beautiful items, good luck, but for the rest of us, we can only dream.