Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2021
    Reference No: 5236P
    Movement No: 7'309'156
    Case No: 6'471'913
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 31-260 PS QL, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Patek Philippe platinum pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, buckle and strap signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated May 13, 2021 and stamped by Milan retailer "Orologeria Pisa", second caseback, additional strap, numbered sale tag, setting pin, fitted presentation box and outer packaging, and winding box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the reasons behind Patek Philippe’s success is the way they manage to scout their (extremely rich) heritage and reinterpret masterpieces of the past - or details of them - in light of the current fashion. Most often, furthermore, the final result is not a complete overturning of the original design, but rather a subtle and suave update.

    The present watch perfectly exemplifies this philosophy.

    Launched last spring, reference 5236 is the latest entry in the "pure" perpetual calendar line of timepieces, and it was received with enormous acclaim by both critics and collectors. Until today, Patek Philippe perpetual calendar would usually feature (with notable exceptions such as ref. 3940) two windows for the month and day of the week, and then either a window or a subsidiary counter - usually at 6 - for the date. Such scheme is present in the vintage pieces (1518, 2499, 2497 etc) as well as in most modern ones (5270, 5320, 5372...). With this timepiece, a completely different style of perpetual calendar indication is applied to a production wristwatch: the linear calendar. Extremely difficult to realize, a linear calendar not only offers cleaner overall aesthetics, but also highly simplifies the readability of the date: it is all neatly grouped in one line, as if one was reading the date on a mobile phone.

    As mentioned before, this inspiration from this novel movement comes from a vintage timepiece, pocket reference 725/4 which features a similar indication (albeit in "American" style - month, date, day - rather than the present European style "day, date month"). The similarity between the two watches is however purely aesthetic, as the calendar module of ref. 5236 is completely new, a masterpiece of watchmaking featuring 118 additional parts compared the a "standard" perpetual calendar, and a number of technical solutions devised exclusively for this complication. This is the second time calibre 31-260 is employed by Patek, with its first appearance being on reference 5235. The version present in ref. 5236 is however highly modified, even without considering the perpetual calendar module, featuring an additional bridge and a platinum rotor; such modifications were necessary because of the high torque required for the calendar to work.

    The case as well is inspired by vintage timepieces - ref. 3448 and 3450, specifically - and is based on the 40mm case of Regulateur reference 5235, in this case upgraded to 41mm.

    The dial is a masterpiece of elegance, featuring a superb and subtle two-tone finish: bushed midnight blue center and an off-blue tone for the outer track with railway minute divisions (another a nod to mid-century watchmaking).

    Offered by its original owner, full set an in absolutely untouched condition, this timepiece is an incredible opportunity to own one of the most fascinating and difficult to acquire contemporary complicated Patek Philippe timepieces.

  • 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. 5236P
A refined, innovative and very elegant platinum wristwatch with linear perpetual calendar, moon phases, leap year, day/night indication, hack feature, certificate of origin and presentation box

41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, buckle and strap signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF170,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021