Created as part of a selection of watches for Patek Philippe's 150th anniversary, this Minute Repeater 3979J* is part of a small number of just 100 watches, and possibly would have been one of the first 10 made. With a coveted Jean-Pierre Hagmann case, this classically-styled watch pays tribute to Patek Philippe's heritage, as one of great makers of minute repeaters. This watch comes from the original owner and with various accompanying materials, including a Certificate of Origin stamped by Watches of Switzerland in Knightsbridge, London.
The Art of Casemaking
Often described as “celebrated” in auction catalogues, Jean-Pierre Hagmann is one of the most fabled casemakers of the 20th century. Over the span of his career, he has made watch cases for almost every significant watch brand in Switzerland, having earned particular renown for the minute repeater cases he made for Patek Philippe. It is said their sound quality is unparalleled. Today, the watch cases that bear his makers mark, "JHP", have become semi-mythical among collectors. We sat down with the man himself to discuss the art of casemaking, the constraints of working independently and how he happens to restore old motorbikes in his spare time.