When I first started working on this story, I thought it would be a straightforward, historical, "look, a crazy-beautiful and extremely unusual watch." What I found was much, much more interesting than that. It turns out that the Patek Philippe ref. 3448 "Senza Luna" is anything but straightforward.
The reference 3448 has always been my favorite vintage reference from Patek Philippe. I will never forget the first time I saw one in the metal. I had just started working at Sotheby's and was swimming in reference and movement numbers, frantically cataloging and ordering extracts. The head of the department came over to my desk after receiving a shipment of watches and showed me a yellow gold 3448, saying, "Take a good look at this watch, specifically the lugs. You will never see one in better condition than this." It was so clean and sharp, so elegant and powerful. It was love at first sight.
And that is when this long, strange journey began. Article at Hodinkee