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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: 5002G-010
    Movement No: 5'000'054
    Case No: 4'411'128
    Model Name: Sky Moon Tourbillon
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. RTO 27 QR SID LU CL, 55 jewels, stamped with the Patek Philippe seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 43.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, Bulletin de Marche, large leather book with instructions, product literature in leather wallet and massive wooden fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe indisputable reputation as one of the foremost - if not the foremost - manufacturer of high-end haute horologerie timepieces is substantiated by its remarkable track record. The company created the most complicated pocket timepiece in the world in 1933 (the Graves Supercomplication), a watch which held its title for about half a century, before being dethroned by another Patek Philippe creation: the 1989 Caliber 89.

    In 2001, Patek Philippe applied this remarkable know-how to a wrist timepiece, releasing reference 5002 “Sky&Moon”. Previously, the most complicated wristwatch made by Patek Philippe was reference 5016, incorporating tourbillon, minute repeater, moonphases and retrograde perpetual calendar. While this was an enormously complex timepiece, it still remained in the realm of “normal” high-end horology, both for the set of complications and for the case design. Reference 5002 was instead in a class of its own. Inspired by the pocket timepiece Star Caliber 2000, Patek Philippe miniaturised the model into a wristwatch that features a double dial with cathedral gong minute repeating mechanism and tourbillon. The front facing side displayed the time along with the perpetual calendar with retrograde date and age of the moon. The reverse with celestial chart including horizon ellipse, meridian passage of Sirius, age and angular motion of the moon and sidereal time. A new addition was the cathedral minute repeating mechanism. Developed by Patek Philippe using a new steel alloy for extended gongs, the repeat was longer and more harmonious.

    While any Sky & Moon Tourbillon, disregarding case material or dial layout, is an absolute masterpiece and the stuff horological dreams are made of, the present example unarguably surpasses in looks and collectability its peers, as it features a special request, never-before-seen dial. While what is normally found on platinum 5002 is a white or black dial with applied Roman numerals, the present piece features a so-far unique configuration with red painted Roman numerals. Accurate research failed to identify a similar example, the closest iteration being a platinum specimen featuring red date but maintaining the applied numerals. Another example of similarly styled dial comes from a specimen of reference 5016 featuring red graphics, but again maintaining the applied hour markers.

    Patek Philippe is known to accept special commissions in case of exceptionally distinguished clients. Considered the scarcity such special examples are realised with, it is a very educated guess that the present watch is indeed a unique piece, making this a virtually unrepeatable occasion for the avid collector to not only own one of the most complicated creations of the brand, but furthermore to own a unique configuration of this pinnacle of mechanical proficiency.

  • 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. 5002G-010
An extremely complicated, important and probably unique white gold double-dialed astronomical wristwatch with special dial with red Roman hour markers, cathedral minute repeater, tourbillon regulator, perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand, leap year cycle, moon age, sky chart, sidereal time, meridian passage of Sirius, moonphases and moon orbit, certificate of origin and presentation box

Circa 2012
43.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$6,200,000 - 11,000,000 

Sold for HK$18,150,000

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