Eric Clapton’s Patek on the Block at Christie’s

Last week, Christie’s auction house held a press preview of jewels and other items from its upcoming auctions. One particular item that caught our eye was this Patek Philippe watch, a very rare Ref. 2499/100 from the personal collection of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Manufactured in 1987, the watch has a perpetual calendar, chronograph and moon-phase. Christie’s expects this timepiece — one of only two platinum versions of this reference ever made — to fetch 2,500,000 to 4,000,000 Swiss Francs when it goes up for auction on November 20 in Geneva. Apparently, Mr. Clapton is known as a very avid watch collector. Eric, if you’re reading this, WatchTime would love to sit down and talk watches with you.

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Photos: Christie’s Images LTD. 2012

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About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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