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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2018
    Reference No: 6104R-001
    Movement No: 7’164’486
    Case No: 6’253’915
    Model Name: Celestial
    Material: 18K pink gold and diamond
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 LU CL C, 45 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold and diamond-set Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 27th June 2018 stamped Hausmann Condotti s.r.l., Roma, setting pin, hang tag, cable and adapter, outer packaging and fitted winding presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe has long been regarded as masters of complicated timepieces. To commemorate the new millennium, Patek Philippe raised the bar by a mile by releasing the impressive Star Calibre pocket watch featuring a celestial sky chart, phases and orbit of the moon and time of Meridian Passage of Sirius and of the Moon. Two years later, Patek Philippe launched the ref. 5102, featuring the same celestial grand complication.

    Drawing attention to the dial, the first thing that one notices is the vibrant metallic black hue which shimmers and changes in hue under various lighting. The second thing one may notice is perhaps the extremely fine and infinitesimal gold stars sprinkled on the surface of the dial depicting a sky chart, phases and orbit of the moon and time of Merdian Passage of Sirius and of the moon. Although most may argue that the complication featured is perhaps not the most practical as it is a slow-moving complication, and most would agree. However, it is believed that the intention was not to be practical but to display a technical and artisanal craftsmanship allowing the wearer to enjoy the slow-moving and poetic complication. Extremely delicate and meticulously crafted, the dial composes of three layers of discs. The first disc in metallic black creates the “sky”, the second disc indicates the phases and orbit of the moon and the third disc depicts the stars and Sirius. Furthermore, the top layer is printed with the cardinal points which assist in locating Geneva’s portion of the sky. While the dial is already mesmerizing to witness, the case is just as elegant as the dial.

    In 2012, Patek Philippe released the ref. 6102, replacing the former ref. 5102, featuring a slightly larger case with an additional date indication via an additional hand with red crescent tipped hands. In the same year, Patek Philippe introduced the ref. 6104G featuring the same complications with an additional baguette-cut diamond-set bezel and clasp, with a pink gold variant released after featuring a black dial instead of the traditional blue.

    The present example Patek Philippe ref. 6104R-001 is very well-preserved and is further accompanied by the full set of accessories. Recently, Patek Philippe discontinued the ref. 6104G, making the present ref. 6104R the only bedazzled variant of the reference in production.

  • 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. 6104R-001
A very fine, attractive and rare pink gold and diamond-set astronomical wristwatch with sky chart, phases and orbit of the moon and time of Meridian Passage of Sirius and of the Moon, date, Certificate of Origin and presentation box

Circa 2018
44mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$1,560,000 - 3,120,000 

Sold for HK$3,339,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020