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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: 5550
    Movement No: 5'627'385
    Case No: 4'597'339
    Model Name: Advanced Research
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, 240, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Dark brown Patek Philippe crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, additional case back, setting pin, sales tag, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe created the "Advanced Research" series to explore new developments, components, and materials for the company's time pieces. The research culminated in the development of Ref. 5250, 5350, 5450, and finally, the present Ref. 5550.

    First showcased at Baselworld in 2011, reference 5550 is a perpetual calendar that utilizes all of the company's previous silicon developments. It is important to note that its predecessors are all annual calendars. The watch houses a modified cal. 240 QP, which features a Pulsomax escape wheel and pallet fork, Spiromax hairspring and GyromaxSi balance wheel. These components are all are rendered in silicon, meaning that they do not need to be oiled.

    The present watch is offered in like new condition, and is part of a limited edition of 300 pieces only.

    百達翡麗先進研究部(Advanced Research)2005年正式成立,期間不斷研發矽材質,並且應用在型號5250,5350,5450和本次拍品型號5550。限量300枚的百達翡麗型號5550萬年曆腕錶,充分展現了傳統理念與創新元素的完美融合,搭載的240 QP機芯裡配置的GyromaxSi®擺輪、Spiromax®游絲、Pulsomax®擒縱器、連同槓桿和擒縱齒輪全由矽材質製成,用以提高動力儲存、走時精準度、和減低部件的耗損率。

  • 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. 5550
A fine and rare platinum limited edition perpetual calendar wristwatch with silinvar escape wheel, spiromax balance spring, original certificate, additional case back and fitted presentation box

Circa 2012
37 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$600,000 - 800,000 

Sold for HK$900,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
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Specialist
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Jill Chen
Specialist
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am