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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2014
    Reference No: 5130/1G
    Movement No: 5'793'445
    Case No: 4'664'892
    Model Name: Worldtime
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 HU, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold link bracelet measuring 185mm max
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Patek Philippe concealed deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with white gold bracelet in 2014 and its subsequent sale on April 10, 2014

  • Catalogue Essay

    Few complications are immediately associated to a single brand and the present Patek Philippe reference 5130 is a worthy heir to the long lineage of coveted worldtime watches the Geneva brand is famous for.

    Worldtime watches were invented, as is the case with most innovations, out of necessity. With the advent of the industrial age came global trade and travel and, as a direct result, there was a need for timekeeping devices capable of tracking time in multiple locations. The worldtime complication, other than being a utilitarian invention, is also a window into history. With the rise and fall of nations, one capital replaced another as reference city for a specific time zone.

    Surprisingly, watchmakers did not immediately take the opportunity of creating worldtime watches based on the 24hour time zones set up by the International Meridian Conference of 1884. Was this due to the complexity of the mechanism, the lack of demand, national issues with the exact division of the time zones or the legendary Swiss neutrality (not wanting to put forward one nation by having its capital be the city of reference for that time zone)? Whatever the answer, worldtime watches as we know them today remained off the radar until the early 1930s and an invention by genius watchmaker Louis Cottier. It is around that period in 1930/1931 that Cottier designed a movement featuring a local time with hour and minute hands at center, linked to a rotating 24hour ring, and bordered by a fixed outer dial ring with the names of different cities inscribed on it. The city of choice (local time zone) was placed at the 12 o'clock position with the hours/minutes hand set at local time, the watch would then display the correct time in both hours and minutes, night and day, for every time zone in the world simultaneously, all the while allowing easy and accurate reading of local time, and all on a single dial.

    Patek Philippe was one of the first brands to embrace this new complication in the early 1930s. Reference 5130 made its debut in 2006 and is a proud heir to Patek Phillipe's glorious worldtime history mixing a modern look with the dial's superb sun ray gulloché pattern and a nod to the past with the stylized hands reminiscent of reference 1415, Patek Philippe's first worldtime wristwatch.

    The present reference 5130 impresses not only thanks to its beautifully balanced aesthetics but also to the sheer weight produced by the ultra-rare white gold bracelet - confirmed by the Patek Philippe Extract and of which only 6 have ever appeared on the auction market - that can be removed and replaced by a leather strap providing for even greater versatility.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 5130/1G
A superb and extremely rare white gold world time wristwatch with white gold bracelet

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF37,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020