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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2016
    Reference No: 5088
    Movement No: 5’848’722
    Case No: 6’122’606
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 240, 27 jewels, stamped with the Patek Philippe seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Patek Philippe chased buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin stamped Patek Philippe Salon, Paris, and dated July 2016, wooden presentation box, leather envelope, and product literature.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Champlevé enamel is a decorative technique in which troughs are carved or etched on to a metal surface, and then filled with vitreous enamel, which is fired, and polished with the uncarved original metal remaining visible acting as a frame. It is an artistic skill that has been known and used for centuries appearing in Celtic art during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Over time, it was adopted by more artisans, and enamel work appeared in horology as early as the 17th century, and thus it is no surprised one of the preeminent Swiss manufacturers Patek Philippe demonstrates their exceptional enamel skill and workmanship with select timepieces like the present platinum reference 5088.

    It is one of the rarest variations of the reference with an estimated production of only 25 examples from Patek Philippe’s exclusive Rare Handcrafts collection. Illustrating Patek Philippe’s mastery of decorative skills, both the case and dial feature an extremely elaborate design composed of two distinct and highly prized techniques: chasing and enameling. The floral/arabesque motifs are indeed hand-chased, while the spaces between them have been hand-carved and the resulting groove filled with exquisite champlevé.

    Housed in a superbly proportioned Calatrava-style case measuring 38 mm, the platinum watch is enhanced by the wonderful “volutes and arabesque” dial. Hardly ever offered publicly, the present watch is fresh-to-the-market, coming from an important collection, complete with its original certificate and box and preserved in pristine overall condition.

    Consigned by the Original Owner

  • 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. 5088
A very rare, extremely fine, and highly attractive platinum wristwatch with hand-engraved, champlevé enamel dial accompanied with Certificate of Origin, and presentation box

Circa 2016
38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

$60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $113,400

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New York Auction 12 December 2020