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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: 2010
    Reference No: 5101R-001
    Movement No: 3’361’649
    Case No: 4’499’993
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. TO 28-20 REC 10J PS, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold buckle
    Dimensions: 51.5mm length x 30mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin indicating sale of the present watch on 24 April 2010, inner and outer presentation boxes, leather folio, product literature, COSC certificate, factory box, and original hang tag. Further accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2010 and its subsequent sale on 2nd March 2010.

  • Catalogue Essay

    An impressive, angular, and lavishly designed rectangular wristwatch, the reference 5101 stands out not only with its case architecture, but in its remarkable mechanical prowess. First launched in 2003, it was the first wristwatch that combined a double-barrel 10-day power reserve with a tourbillon. Later that year, the 5101 won the “Aiguille d’Or”, or Golden Hand, prize at the Grand Prix d’Horologerie de Genève – the Grand Prix’s highest honor. The case, with triple-stepped sides and a long, curved rectangular silhouette, owes direct homage to the Art Deco era of design.

    As far as tourbillons go, Patek Philippe is notable for being tastefully subtle with their use of the complication, preferring not to reveal the mechanism through the dial. This is done with a specific intention - to decrease the susceptibility of the tourbillon-equipped escapement losing oil via exposure to UV rays – but also serves to set Patek Philippe apart from its competitors. The two-tone dial of this particular reference 5101 is remarkably clean and attractive, with two sub dials, one indicating the power reserve, the other the subsidiary seconds with the word “Tourbillon” and the serial number discreetly printed within. Only the wearer, and those enlightened connoiseurs would be able to discern exactly which complication resides within.

    Offered here in exceptional condition, with all of its original accessories including the factory box and hang tag, the present 5101R is a rare opportunity to obtain one of Patek Philippe’s modern masterpieces.

  • 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. 5101R-001
A very fine and rare pink gold rectangular tourbillon chronometer wristwatch with 10-day power reserve, certificate of origin, presentation box and original accessoriessories

51.5mm length x 30mm width
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

$100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $125,000

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New York Auction 10 December 2019