Indeed. What were they thinking?
Then again...a very eccentric watch.
The Patek Sculpture watch was really ugly and thankfully limited to sale in Russia, so some people call it the Russian watch. I believe it was to celebrate PP returning to Russia. I always thought it looked like a cross between a Krieger watch and a Fossil.
All the car to watch references are usually quite flawed. For decades I had heard people call Rolex the Mercedes Benz of watches, as they are made in significant numbers and were considered quite rugged. However, I'm not really sure most comparisons of other brands are that accurate in terms of the qualities of the watches and cars, or that owners of certain cars are more likely to purchase a certain watch or vice versa.
Sports cars are my spring/summer hobby and so I've met people that drive lots of different cars, Porsches, Ferraris, Lotus, Maseratis, MBs, BMWs, Audis, etc. Some car guys don't care about watches, and some watch guys don't care about high end cars. In addition, in my region I've seen plenty of Porsche, Ferrari, MB, BMW people wear a Rolex. I've seen a few Porsche & Ferrari guys wearing Patek, AP, PAM, Cartier, and occasionally a Hublot. A few Audi drivers I know wore Speedmasters one had a Breguet Type XX. However, I also see plenty of nice car owners wearing relatively inexpensive watches.
Collectors item vs. rarity vs. valuable - are different things. People will always buy it since its a Patek and some people will buy it just because of the brand name so sure its collectible. They made 300 of of the 9 versions for a total of 2,700 so its rare, but not truly rare in terms of limited edition Pateks. Finally just because something is rare, doesn't mean its highly desirable or that people will pay a lot for an item.
I don't see it going up in value or people actually caring about specifically owning that model. Its not very attractive, it has no unusual complication, and some of its contemporaries such as the Nautilus 3710 "Comet" and other vintage Nautilus models have already gone up in value considerably There was a little interest in them when they were new, but I never hear people discussing that model, and even when new it seems a real tough sell and I believe many ended up going to gray market shops. Just my 2 cents. Plenty of people with more money than sense might think its relative rarity makes it the best watch to own and pay crazy money for one someday.
The movements are fine, but I've never really cared for their modern Non-Oyster cased models. Last time I looked at a Cellini model was when an AD wanted my father to consider one. We both thought for its cost there are other non-Rolex dress watches that we would rather own.
They offer a display back if you go with Prince models.
Yes, I've seen that one. Sadly, I just don't care for it or any of their other more recent Cellinis. For what they cost I'd go with a different brand. But if it makes you smile go for it !