Patek Philippe - RETROSPECTIVE: 2000 - 2020 Geneva Sunday, November 8, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2015
    Reference No: 5951P
    Movement No: 5'251'147
    Case No: 4'55'1'197
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. CHR 27-525 PS Q, 27 jewels, stamped with the Patek Philippe Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm Width and 37mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Guarantee, second solid caseback, setting pin, hang tag, leather folder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 5951, introduced in 2010, is one of the most intriguing modern creations of Patek Philippe. It was produced in three different series, starting with the present example, indeed a representative of the first series - defined by its black dial with red chronographic hands. A highly sporty design - not only due to the red hands, but also to the contrasting counters and chapter ring - it is very far from the usual super complicated Patek Philippe dress watch, while at the same time being one of the most advanced timepieces made by the brand. It in fact employs what was at the time the thinnest split seconds chronograph ever devised by the company (also used for sister reference 5950). The caliber was then upgraded with a perpetual calendar module complete of moonphases, leap year and day/night indication; all this wealth of information very elegantly and subtly included in the lower part of the dial.

    The case design as well is highly peculiar, Patek Philippe having opted for a very retro choice: a cushion-shape design harkening back to the 1920s/1930s, possibly inspired by a unique 1928 single-button white gold Patek Philippe chronograph (no. 198’207). Combined with the red-accented, modernist dial of the first series, such a vintage case architecture renders the piece an absolutely striking example of retro-futuristic design, made even more remarkable by the fact that the company which devised it is not known for being the most iconoclastic of the watch manufacturers.

    Following the first series, and probably in response to more than a few raised eyebrows, a second series featuring more conventional white and black dials with Breguet numerals was launched, and finally a last series with black dial and engraved case. With the retirement of the model, from 2017 there is no more cushion-shaped grand complication in the company’s catalogue.

    The present example is offered complete of its original accessories and in close to “as-new” condition. Its retro-futuristic aesthetics, first series classification, superb movement, and very limited output for the model make this piece a grail watch both for the collector of ultimate Patek Philippe wristwatches and for the general connoisseur of high-end watchmaking as well.

  • 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. 5951P
A very rare and highly complicated platinum cushion-shaped single button split seconds chronograph wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moonphases, day/night indication, additional case back, certificate of origin and presentation box

37mm Width and 37mm Length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for CHF327,600

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RETROSPECTIVE: 2000 - 2020

Geneva Auction 8 November 2020