Hi 👋 Patek fans, We had a record breaking (more EPIC or “EPICer” ? 😄) GTG vs last time !

Jul 27, 2021,17:10 PM

Theme was “rare handcrafts” and we hoped for 20 watches so that we could have more than the previous record of 19 pieces from the sports theme (  www.watchprosite.com  wink, which had beat the prior 18 watches from worldtime theme (  www.watchprosite.com  wink. Thanks to a new joiner, we had 33 pieces + the 5711 green GIANT ! 🤪

Yours truly, The Enamel Slave/Addict, has found my master, The Enamel KING 🤴 (who brought around half of the goodies) !

Each piece has its own personality and is truly  “unique”.

IMO, The star ⭐️ that stole the show was the Dome Clock due to its artistry, the huge amount of enamel work done, and the story of how the owner tracked down this piece.

I have had the pleasure of studying a few dome clocks previously but was amazed at how great this one was.

The owner informed us that, unlike most others with cloissone enamel, this clock is made with miniature painting !  Very few used this technique.  The other one he mentioned was the clock for Shakespeare.  Originally when he found out about this Basel piece a few years ago, he requested it immediately but had to chase it down to an AD he never purchased from previously.  Undeterred, he flew out to meet the AD half way around the globe and declared his eternal love for this clock.  After a long discussion, he convinced the AD that he should be the worthy owner !  Such a beautiful love ❤️ story !

Would you go through all these hurdles to declare your horological life for a rare handcraft piece ?  His efforts reminded me of how I declared my LOVE/LIFE for the Rousseau enamel lion 🦁 (  www.watchprosite.com  wink ( recent media article talking about the 🦁 https://www.acollectedman.com/blogs/journal/five-collectors-hardest-finds wink

Uniting the Rousseau enamel sibling, lions 🦁🦁 and Jaguar 🐆: they roared the loudest 🤣

Two of these ☝️ engraving beauties attended the GTG 

Other than the green GIANT, which piece do you like most and why ?

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EPIC 2 person GTG :))

 By: Clueless_Collector : July 27th, 2021-17:21
Amazing collection, do you hire body guards for this, just wow...like a museum. I'm loss of words to think what is the favorite now...just drooling.

Hardly a 2 persons GTG 😅

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:19
Please choose one rare handcrafts!

I like the light blue dial that looks like porcelain tiles…

 By: Clueless_Collector : July 28th, 2021-20:03
Also interesting to note that Nautilus is being wrapped like it’s more previous than other rare handcrafts, mind boggling 😜😅

Good choice with the 5089G “azulejos” which means

 By: GLau : July 29th, 2021-19:21
“a kind of glazed coloured tile traditionally used in Spanish and Portuguese buildings.” They came out in Basel 2017. This 5711 green giant was on my wrist previously at a smaller GTG. Since the auction, the owner wrapped it up and I totally understand wh...  

Thanks Gordon for a great photoreport of this GTG -- total Rare Handcraft heaven there! :-) Major congrats of course to the spectacular pieces brought by the "King," or Member Michael Ng (right?? ;-)

 By: FabR : July 27th, 2021-17:29
Obviously, one piece in particular attracted my attention (if I really have to choose!), also because Michael's is the only other "Boccadasse" besides mine whose existence is publicly known... Good group also of 5131s, of course, but many of those out-of-... 

Sorry Fab, participants at this GTG wish to stay

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:22
anonymous, except yours truly the Enamel Slave/Addict😉 Is the piece unique the 175th miniature painting ??

Wonderful….no wood.

 By: Patekphilippecollector : July 27th, 2021-17:58

Thanks and there was a wood

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:23
marquetry dial from 175th anniversary

Can see them..eyesight bad

 By: Patekphilippecollector : July 28th, 2021-17:17

Sick!! Amazing GTG! (get together )

 By: Costa (aka Connie) : July 27th, 2021-18:18

True ! Got sick from

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:24
seeing so many rare handcrafts pieces causing indigestion !! 🤣

WOW! That is EPIC!

 By: patrick_y : July 27th, 2021-19:19
I don't know if the word EPIC is the right word. There are epic movies and then there are EPIC ones. Is there a word beyond EPIC?


 By: India Whiskey Charlie : July 27th, 2021-19:39

Good one! EPIC^2 it is!

 By: patrick_y : July 28th, 2021-01:08


 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:25
most EPIC ??

Thanks Patrick ! Now I must think of a

 By: GLau : August 1st, 2021-05:43
way to top this one ! 💪 A challenging task no doubt ! 😅


 By: patrick_y : August 2nd, 2021-18:11
Not every location has a "lion's share" (pun intended) of enamel pieces!

There is a possible way to top this GTG but it would involve

 By: GLau : August 3rd, 2021-03:29
traveling for many pieces 🤪


 By: patrick_y : August 3rd, 2021-06:36
Travel hopefully will soon open up.

wow...stunning enamel dials !

 By: mahesh : July 27th, 2021-19:42
I'm sure you guys had a great time... I'm equally happy I don't see any Nautilus, which shows there are watch collectors & then there are connaisseurs ! thanks for sharing. Best, mahesh.,

Hi mahesh, you are welcome and there was a

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:27
Nautilus 5711 green giant !

now i see it !

 By: mahesh : July 28th, 2021-14:25


 By: PalmSprings : July 27th, 2021-20:18
I wasn't expecting such a huge different between the 2 Lion dials. I prefer the one on the left, better drawn (the plant and leaves) and the colours used, way more vibrant.

There are some differences because each is unique due to each is hand made !

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:32
The angle and lighting created the illusion that the left is more desirable 😉

Incredible GTG!!!! Beyond epic!!!!

 By: Tchela1 : July 27th, 2021-20:38
Thank you for sharing!!!

Oh also, for some reason, I’m drawn to the ellipse…

 By: Tchela1 : July 27th, 2021-22:46
The shape of the ellipse appeals to me the most for showcasing the artistry and framing the image of the bird. I think it’s simplicity let’s the beauty of the artwork shine. Just my two cents!

The ellipse has a shape that is

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:35
conducive for an enamel work of art !

You are welcome !

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:33
It is my pleasure to share the joy of viewing rare handcrafts pieces !

I dont know what to say, just woooowww!!!!

 By: @lberti : July 27th, 2021-20:57
I have one question: what is the red sqaure thing ? 🤔

The red rectangle watch is the

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:38
Chinese zodiac watch for year of the monkey 🐵! Please see my previous post from several years ago

Hi Justin, lucky for you to only have dreams/nightmares because

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:42
when I saw all the pieces brought in by the enamel king 🤴, I had a heart attack ! 😳

So are you ready to share with us your

 By: GLau : July 31st, 2021-17:38
rare handcrafts?😉

Yes, perhaps we need a

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:43
global GTG for rare handcrafts!!

Next time when you are coming to HK, please

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:44
let me know before hand and let me organize a GTG !

Gordon, I don't know why you need those Watchbox events. This is so much better ! LOL

 By: Jay (Eire) : July 28th, 2021-00:43
In all seriousness, what a fantastic line up of watches. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

You are welcome Jay ! Yes, this GTG is more EPIC than the Watchbox event but

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:46
none of the GTG pieces are for sale 😇

Very envious…

 By: PP888 : July 28th, 2021-01:26
Wow!! Wish I was in your area of the world where GTGs are now coming back to normal. Very hard to find collectors willing to come out like that in my part of the collecting world! Again enjoy and WOW!!

Glad you were envious 🤣

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:48
Prior to the pandemic, I had some EPIC GTGs in the US.

Not 2 persons but several !

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:49
Which 5131 yiu like the best ??

Good choices ! What are you

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-18:08
waiting for ??

A wire from you? :))))

 By: amanico : July 28th, 2021-18:29


 By: Watches_passion : July 28th, 2021-08:44
Those pieces of are just exceptional. Great GtG🍷🍷🍷

Dear Gordon, thanks for sharing with us the GTG of these incredible rare handicrafts. The 5131 has become a "regular" watch among all those rare birds.

 By: joenghenry : July 28th, 2021-10:13
I like 5088P the most, as I have a particular preference towards black enamel (other than blue) and those leaves pattern engraving. Too bad that this GTG clashed with my staycation.......

Hi Henry, youare welcome ! Your staycation with 5740

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-13:51
in the water 💦 is an EPIC photo ! 👍


 By: AlexLau.ar : July 28th, 2021-14:46
I will happily settle for the white gold world timer please 🙏🙏

Fantastic gtg… a lot of watches I would love to have in my collection… I can dream 😂😂 👍👍

 By: FRAMII : July 28th, 2021-14:55
Don’t think I will ever be able to attend a GTG like this in my country

Dreaming is free Fram !

 By: GLau : July 28th, 2021-17:17
Why can your not attend such GTG at your country ?

When I bought Shakespeare Dome Clock, competition was especially fierce for it.

 By: Horology_Ancienne : July 30th, 2021-00:16
Amongst offers from various individuals around the globe, I was also competing against known names in the UK. It’s one of my favourite pieces in the collection. Miniature painting on enamel is extraordinary - certainly as the owner of one I can very much ... 

This is probably one of the most comprehensive (if not the most comprehensive) Patek rare handcrafts gathering I have ever seen on the forum.

 By: Huei : July 31st, 2021-07:48
These pieces are just so beautiful and exquisite which showcases one of the deepest roots of Patek. This is truly what Patek is famous for and trying to preserve in the watch making horology. We, as enthusiasts, are so fortunate to be able to learn and ap... 

Thanks Huei for your kind comments ! Yes, more posts about different

 By: GLau : July 31st, 2021-10:48
techniques for rare handcrafts are needed ! Regarding the 5088P fitting me well, I feel that I have been poisoned ☠️!! 😅

Yes Erik, the Worldtimers are charming !

 By: GLau : July 31st, 2021-15:15
With or without an enamel dial, each Patek WT is iconic.

I am speechless! Amazing GTG….wish I was invited!

 By: KC_HK : August 9th, 2021-16:47
I wonder what theme you can do to top this GTG next time…

Thanks KC ! To top this GTG, now we need to find

 By: GLau : August 11th, 2021-17:01
a PuristS who can be crowned as the “rare handcrafts” king 🤴 or queen 👸!

Starting today, PP will officially change the name

 By: mrds : August 9th, 2021-21:16
… to „ubiquitous handicraft“.

Hi mrds, “ubiquitous handicraft“ is

 By: GLau : August 11th, 2021-17:02
hilarious 😂!!

Glad you take it this way, Gordon 😄

 By: mrds : August 11th, 2021-19:15
Some may rather take it as an insult to us mere mortals who toil away their days waiting to get to #428 on the waiting list… Cheers, Daniel

Hi Daniel, getting on a wait list for a rare piece is

 By: GLau : August 12th, 2021-04:30
a milestone already ! 🤪

Amazing collection of rare handcrafts

 By: jon_jon : August 12th, 2021-17:58
This collection of rare watches and enamel dome clock is amazing! Thierry Stern may want to request some of these watches on loan for a future Patek Exhibit ;-) The dome clock and the marquetry watch are what caught my eyes more than others, although they... 

You are welcome jon_jon ! The catalogue for

 By: GLau : August 13th, 2021-07:04
rare handcrafts pieces contain both unique (dome clocks) and ones with up to around 10 pieces. Even for the ones with 10 pieces, since each is handmade, each one is truly unique. The Rousseau enamel lions 🦁🦁 are different !


 By: Anubis : August 17th, 2021-09:11
This is unbelievable! What a mind blowing group of watches. I can only assume in person they are even more wonderful.

Welcome to the Patek forum and WPS, and thanks for your comments !

 By: GLau : August 17th, 2021-10:02
Yes, these rare handcrafts pieces are even better when you see and inspect them in the metal !