Singaporean Collector Launches Book On Rare Patek Philippe Timepieces

The Patek Philippe – My Dream Collection was recently launched by Singapore based watch collector and Patek Philippe aficionado, Ali Nael, founder of 2tonevintage, with a limited production run of 500 copies. The limited edition book features over 120 Patek Philippe vintage watches, spanning a period from 1858 to 1995. Starting with early pocket watches and ending with complicated wrist watches, the book presents rare and detailed information on each reference and explores the provenance of the watches themselves.

The Patek Philippe – My Dream Collection is authored by Ali Nael, who is seen as an authority and industry expert in rare vintage Patek Philippe watches, in collaboration with Eric Tortella, who played a crucial role in the literature side of the book and brings over 50 years of experience in the documenting and studying of Patek Philippe watches.

“This book is the realisation of my dream to curate a Patek collection focused on quality and a documentation of my journey thus far, into this fascinating world. The book aims to provide collectors, new and seasoned alike, with a reference that will help them grow their interest and create their Patek Philippe collection, making it the ultimate collectible item for Patek Philippe connoisseurs and the perfect gift for any horological lover and enthusiast. I hope this book will play a role in building their collection, in the same way I did, and act as the bridge to cross over to their target.” Said Ali Nael, Author, Patek Philippe – My Dream Collection.

The amount of information provided is immense and not available in any publication this far, covering a large number of coveted pieces of history and evolution.

Some of the rarest pieces include:

The Patek Philippe Ref. 130J T “Three-tone” Sector Pulsations

Only around 1500 Patek Philippe reference 130s were made in total, from which close to 850 were in yellow gold, from those, just a little more than 100 were fitted with a sector dial. Only half of these were identified from the market or to have survived, making the Ref. 130J T “Three-tone” Sector Pulsations with original paperwork extremely rare.

The Patek Philippe Ref. 1502J “Telephone Dial”

The reference 1502 was launched in 1941 and produced only once in a batch of twelve pieces in yellow gold, 18k or 14k. This typical “War” sober and elegant watch bears the calibre 12120, 18 jewels, 18,000 oscillations. This is today the only reference 1502 in 18k gold identified to have survived. 

Over the past decade, Ali Nael has travelled the world to source the best watches for his impressive collection, known for its quality and originality. The amount of detail and information found in the book reflects the love Ali Nael has for every piece in the book and also showcases his personal taste evolution. Each one of the over 120 Patek Philippe vintage watches featured in the book has a story to tell and explores Ali Nael’s journey in acquiring them.

Patek Philippe – My Dream Collection by Ali Nael took over a year to produce and is a hard bound book with beautiful, rarely seen images of rare vintage Patek Philippe watches that leap out from soft pages. A true collectible item, this book is a nice size as a showpiece coffee table book or in a personal library for every watch collector that is interested in studying Patek references in detail.

Limited at 500 copies and priced at USD 680 per copy, Patek Philippe – My Dream Collection is now available for sale at and at the 2ToneVintage showroom.