Patek Philippe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2021
    Reference No: 5160/500G
    Movement No: 7'382'349
    Case No: 6'404'800
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 324 S QR, 30 jewels, stamped with the Patek Philippe Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Patek Philippe alligator strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold hand-engraved Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, Rare Handcraft Certificate of Authenticity, setting pin, product literature, leather wallet, wooden presention box with special decoration, and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Throughout its long and prestigious history, Patek Philippe has been associated with quality workmanship and innovative movements. Their early pocket watches were often engraved with intricate designs adding elegance and grace, occupying the highest echelons in terms of quality. While the craftsman capable of such intricate work are slowly disappearing, Patek Philippe continues to employ skilled artisans keeping the tradition alive. The reference 5160 is a modern perpetual calendar wristwatch steeped in the firm’s past. An heir to ref 5159, it maintains the “Officier”-style case of its predecessor, reminiscent of watches from the early 20th century with its hinged back, and ups the ante with an incredibly artful hand-engraved arabesque motif reminiscent of Belle Époque style.

    Released in 2010 and produced in yellow, pink and white gold - with the white gold version being the only one today still present in the catalogue - the enormous amount of work demanded by the case, furthermore doable only by a handful of skilled artisans, necessarily commands and extremely low output for the model. The white gold version exemplified by the present piece - offered with all its accessories and in superb condition - features an additional detail compared to the yellow and pink ones. The grooves of the engraving are filled with oxidised silver powder, which gives them the dark effect immediately noticeable to the naked eye, increasing the contrast of the engraved elements. Such a finish is by tradition reserved usually to white metal engravings.

  • 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. 5160/500G
A very fine and uncommon white gold perpetual calendar wristwatch with center seconds, moonphases, retrograde date, hand-engraved case, hinged back, certificate of origin and presentation box

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF132,300

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022