Patek Philippe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2016
    Reference No: 5208P-001
    Movement No: 5’175’790
    Case No: 6’018’255
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. R CH 27 PS QI, 63 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, instruction manual, photograph, product literature, leather wallet, leather folio, outer packaging and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Regarded as one of the true masterpieces manufactured by Patek Philippe in modern times belonging to the family of Grand Complications, the ref. 5208P features a minute repeating perpetual calendar single button chronograph function. Presented with a strikingly attractive combination of contemporary and traditional elements of horological artistry, the dial is refreshing as it is legible and perfectly balanced featuring a well-desired “upside down” moonphase on the 6 O’clock subsidiary dial. With technical boundaries stretched even further to achieve the maximal aesthetical satisfaction that one can endure, the calendar is displayed with three windows depicting the day, date and month that automatically jumps in synchronized fashion. Moving to the right, the leap year is indicated through an aperture legibly positioned on the 3 O’clock register featuring a 60-minute register. Displayed in minimalistic layout, one may be easily drawn to ignore simplistic yet extremely technologically advanced mechanism that enables the calendar feature to achieve its subtle detail. With that said, the lever that allows the calendar to execute its change of date in a synchronized manner comprises of 15 parts. With superior craftsmanship and artistry, Patek Philippe has long been creators of some of the most important and complicated wristwatches in the world since the early 1930’s.

    Minute repeating watches have long been one of Patek Philippe’s strongholds. With no surprise, the ref. 5208 features the complication. Achieved by fitting a “gong” rimming the circumference of the movement, two hammers striking against it produces an elegant chime that differs in harmony and tune across various case material it may be encased in. Powered by the self-winding caliber R CH 27 PS Q, the movement was initially inspired by the manually-wound CH 27-525 PS that was debuted in the split-seconds chronograph ref. 5950 in 2009. The reference 5208 was announced to the public in 2011 and since its initial launch there are 3 case materials with various dial configurations produced until it was discontinued in 2018. Throughout its production, spanning seven years, minimal quantities of the reference have been produced due to the painstakingly long process of creating such masterpiece, it is believed that no more than 10 pieces were produced annually.

    The present example encased in platinum is presented in excellent overall condition and further accompanied by the full set of accessories when it was purchased by the original owner. Offered to the most distinguished and loyal collectors of Patek Philippe, the reference is definitely a highly prized wristwatch of Grand Complication models and with no doubt will one day become a legendary piece of respected mechanical artistry.

  • 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.

    View More Works


Ref. 5208P-001
An extremely fine, rare and highly attractive platinum minute repeating single-button chronograph wristwatch with instantaneous perpetual calendar, moon phases, leap year indication, Certificate of Origin and presentation box

Circa 2016
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$4,000,000 - 6,000,000 

Sold for HK$5,790,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019