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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2010
    Reference No: 5180/1
    Movement No: 3'719'033
    Case No: 4'487'436
    Model Name: Squelette
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240 SQU, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Patek Philippe bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, movement and claps signed.
    Accessories: With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2010 and its subsequent sale on June 14th, 2010.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Skeletonized watches have always been a favorite amongst collectors since the movement is readily available to view by the wearer. Watches are mechanical instruments that have an operational purpose, which is to tell time; however, for watch enthusiasts the movement is the heart of the watch and the intricacy of its components the source of endless fascination. Patek Philippe’s reference 5180, the Squelette, is a fully skeletonized wristwatch with superbly hand-engraved and chased bridges and movement plates, seen between two large sapphire crystals, that have an artistic flair. Fitted with a micro-rotor, the caliber 240 SQU is an ultra-thin movement that adds to the overall elegance and clean lines of the reference 5180.

    The reference was introduced by Patek Philippe in 2008 and met with great enthusiasm from the collecting community. The large case, measuring a substantial 39 mm in diameter, is highly attractive on the wrist and with the 18K white gold Patek Philippe bracelet, provides an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic that is suitable for both day and night. The reference was so admired that Patek Philippe would offer a unique titanium version in 2009 for the charity Children Action auction, selling for 520,000CHF. The present example makes a glamorous addition to a collection of modern Patek Philippe watches offering diversity, unparalleled craftsmanship, and quality.

  • 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. 5180/1
A very fine, attractive, and rare white gold skeletonized wristwatch with bracelet

39mm Diameter
Case, movement and claps signed.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $52,500

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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018