The Patek Philippe Gondolo collection has a compelling history and interesting legacy, dating back to the 1800s. This collection is named after a famous retailer in Rio de Janeiro named Gondolo & Labouriau, someone who Patek Philippe had a successful business relationship with from 1872 to 1927. This partnership soon gave way to timepieces designed exclusively for the Brazilian retailer—the Chronometro Gondolo, a collection of pocket watches. At the time, sales were so impressive in Brazil that “Patek” became a substitute for the word “watch” among residents. During the 1920s, the Chronometro Gondolo was offered in a wristwatch variation as well, and in the Jazz Age, the cases ranged from round, square, rectangular, to tonneau- and cushion-shaped. Today, some historical pocket watches from the original Gondolo collection, as well as some early 1920s wristwatch iterations, can be admired in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. In 1993, the modern Patek Philippe Gondolo collection was released, capturing Patek’s reinterpretation of some of the brand’s historical heritage pieces, giving them a fresh edge. The Gondolo suite is home to Patek’s “form” watches, a term used to describe timepieces that don’t have a round case shape. The style in this collection is heavily influenced by Art Deco and cases are predominantly rectangular or tonneau-shaped. Additionally, women can enjoy exquisite Ladies Gondolo offerings like delicate diamond-studded pieces. If you’re interested in learning more about Patek Philippe’s profound history, watch this video that covers the brand’s pivotal turning points. Or, browse our pre-owned selection of men’s, women’s, and dress watches for great pieces from other luxury brands.
Explore the Patek Philippe Gondolo Collection
For those who love precious metals and enjoy perusing a breadth of options, the Patek Philippe Gondolo seems to offer something for everyone. These watches are available in platinum, yellow, white, and rose gold, while styles range from more subdued, classic pieces to ornate diamond studded watches with pearl embellishments. However, this collection isn’t just known for its charming good looks. As with any Patek piece, this suite also boasts unparalleled precision and impeccable craftsmanship—more rare Gondolo iterations even include an impressive 8-day power reserve.
Although this collection is expansive, several models stand out to collectors and enthusiasts. For example, two Ladies Gondolo watches, references 4824 and 4825, are gorgeous pieces that later influenced the design of Patek’s Twenty~4 collection that launched in 1999. Other key ladies models include the ref. 7099 that boasts a combined 847 diamonds on its dial and case, as well as the Gondolo Serata ref. 4972G which has a guilloched mother-of-pearl dial. If you’re looking for more diamond pieces, also be sure to look at the Gondolo Haute Joaillerie ref. 7099G that features a hand-guilloched gold dial set with 367 diamonds, a cambered sapphire crystal case back, and the manual winding caliber 25-21 REC. This piece was inspired by the 1921 yellow gold Chronometro Gondolo tonneau-shaped model. Want to opt for a more simple dress piece? Discover the Gondolo ref. 7041 that features a manual winding caliber and cushion-shaped case, finished with classic Art Deco design elements. Get a closer look at a Patek Philippe Gondolo model by watching this expert review of the ref. 5109J
Buying a Pre-Owned Patek Philippe Gondolo Watch
Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or trade your luxury watch, our team of in-house experts are ready to help you. Our global inventory is ever-changing, bringing you an unrivaled selection of rare pieces that can be difficult to find anywhere else. If you’re interested in purchasing a pre-owned Gondolo watch, you can rest assured that each piece is thoroughly inspected to ensure authenticity and quality. Love this collection, but want to see what other unique watch offerings we have? Explore the Cartier Tank and Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso collections for other non-traditional watch designs. Or, if you’re a Patek Philippe collector, browse other pieces like the Calatrava, Complications, and Grand Complications. Lastly, if you enjoy learning about intricate watch movements throughout history, read this article about complicated pieces for watch buyers.