An incredibly rare and attractive platinum minute repeating wristwatch with enamel dial, original certificate, additional caseback, portfolio and winding box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2010
    Reference No: 5078
    Movement No: 1'904'247
    Case No: 4'486'952
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. R 27 PS AIG 2, 39 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated April 23, 2010, additional case back, fitted wooden Patek Philippe presentation box, box key, winding box, leather portfolio with glossy photograph, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe reference 5078 minute repeater other than being a superbly good looking and elegant watch is a gem of horological micro engineering.

    Powered by a self-winding movement with micro-rotor, its caliber R 27 PS is comprised of 342 parts and measures a very slim 5.05 mm in thickness. Winding is accomplished via a beautifully engraved micro-rotor, visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, and superbly integrated into the movement to permit an unobstructed view of the repeater’s hammers and gongs.

    The repeating mechanism features “cathedral gongs” meaning the gong on which the hammers strike to chime the time are longer than traditional ones. The gong in a standard repeating mechanism wraps around the movement once whereas those of the "Cathedral" mechanism wrap around the movement with a length equivalent to nearly two circumferences and are thus twice as long as standard ones. The result being a richer and fuller timbre with the notes lingering slightly longer.

    The present model is housed in an elegant 38mm platinum case with downturned stepped lugs reminiscent of another Patek Philippe iconic masterpiece, the reference 2499 and featuring a superb white grand feu enamel dial.

    Platinum is often considered to be a metal that dampens the sound of the chimes in minute repeaters, this is definitely not the case here as the chimes are clear and incredibly pleasant.

    Fresh to the market, in absolutely amazing condition and accompanied by all its accessories, the present Patek Philippe reference 5078 is the 10th platinum example with white enamel dial to ever appear on the auction market and would be a crown jewel in any important collection.

  • Maker Bio

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 5078
An incredibly rare and attractive platinum minute repeating wristwatch with enamel dial, original certificate, additional caseback, portfolio and winding box

2010
38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF180,000 - 360,000 
€160,000-321,000
$181,000-363,000

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

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