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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: 5131J-001
    Model Name: World Time
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 HU, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 22nd March 2013, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, hangtag, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Patek Philippe World Time has a tremendous heritage since early 1930’s, brought to the world by the father of the world time, Louis Cottier. From the very early specimen ref. 96HU to the present reference 5131J, the Patek Philippe World Time is a spectacle of superb innovation and elegance.

    One of the most distinguishable difference from its predecessors is the engraved signature “Patek Philippe Geneve” in italic on the bezel, and the immaculate and vibrant cloisonné enamel world map taking center stage of this masterpiece. The art of cloisonné enamel requires extremely skillful artisans with great attention to detail to execute. The slightest distortion from the many stages of creation would consider imperfection. With only two to three master enamellers capable of bringing these meticulous dials to life, only a restricted number between 30-40 dials of each metal can be produced every year, the 5131 series is certainly among the most coveted timepiece in horologic history.

    The reference 5131 was chronologically produced from 2008 in yellow gold , followed by white gold in 2009 and pink gold in 2014. Characterised as part of the first series in yellow gold of reference 5131, the dial is adorned with the world map depicting Americas, Europe and Africa surrounded by beautiful gold ribbons. Its 24 hour city ring features Dubai and Moscow as representatives of their respective time zone. Later models will instead feature La Paz, Caracas and Riyadh.

    Single sealed, unused and in pristine condition, accompanied by the Certificate of Origin, presentation box and hang tag, this is an extremely rare and attractive opportunity for connoisseurs to acquire an important discontinued piece.

  • 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. 5131J-001
A very fine yellow gold world time wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial with Certificate of Origin and presentation box, single sealed

Circa 2013
39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$520,000 - 1,000,000 
€57,600-111,000
$66,700-128,000

Sold for HK$945,000

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Thomas Perazzi
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021