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

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2014
    Reference No: 5204P
    Movement No: 5'251'630
    Case No: 4'681'541
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. CHR 29-535 PS Q
    Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped by Cogex Trading S.A. and dated September 30, 2014, additional solid case back, numbered tag, setting pin, leather folder with pictures and instructions, wooden presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The line of perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatches is one of the cornerstones of Patek Philippe’s collection. It all began in 1940 with the introduction of reference 1518; since then, the line has continuously been in production until now, spawning five main references. It is however only in recent times, with the introduction of reference 5004 in 1996 that a split-second feature was added to the ensemble. Then, in 2012 reference 5204 made its debut, featuring the same set of complications but with a fully in-house movement, while reference 5004 was powered by a Lemania-based calibre.

    The addition of a split-second feature propels the watch into the ultimate echelon of watchmaking, the split-second chronograph being one of the most daunting complications to execute, together with the minute repeater. Such mechanical prowess coupled with the generous proportions of the watch and the quintessentially Patek Philippe design of the piece made reference 5204 an instant classic, highly coveted by collectors. Unfortunately, the intricacy of the movement requiring highly skilled watchmakers to assemble them, means that only an extremely scarce number of watches are produced each year, making the model one of the hardest to source.

    The present example of this coveted model is offered in practically “as-new” condition and complete of its sale accessories.

  • 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. 5204P
A rare, important and extremely fine platinum split-seconds chronograph wristwatch with perpetual calendar, moonphases, day/night indication, leap year indication, Certificate, additional back and box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap and clasp signed

CHF140,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF239,400

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

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Head of Watches, Asia
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RETROSPECTIVE: 2000 - 2020

Geneva Auction 8 November 2020