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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 96

    Patek Philippe. A Fine and Rare Platinum Rectangular-shaped Tourbillon Wristwatch with 10 Days Power Reserve

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, 10 DAYS TOURBILLON, REF. 5101P, MOVEMENT NO. 3'361'183, CASE NO. 4'295'559, MANUFACTURED IN 2005

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    Patek Philippe. A Fine and Rare Platinum Rectangular-shaped Tourbillon Wristwatch with 10 Days Power Reserve
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, 10 Days Tourbillon, Ref. 5101P, movement no. 3'361'183, Case No. 4'295'559, manufactured in 2005
    MOVEMENT: manual, Cal. TO 28-20 REC 10J PS IRM, stamped with the Geneva seal, 29 jewels of which 6 are set in gold chatons, revolving one minute tourbillon carriage with Gyromax balance
    DIAL: 18k vintage rose gold dial, applied black oxidized Breguet numerals, two engine-turned subsidiary dials for 10 days power reserve indication and constant seconds
    CASE: platinum, rectangular Art Deco style case with triple stepped curved sides, Top Wesselton diamond set between the lugs at 6, sapphire crystal display back secured by four screws, 29.7 mm. wide, 52 mm overall length.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BUCKLE: platinum Patek Philippe buckle
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated October 2005, a Controle Officiel Suisse Des Chronometres, product literature, a Patek Philippe leather portfolio with instruction manual, Patek Philippe presentation box and outer packaging.


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    The reference 5101P is the first timepiece that combines two complications which are very difficult to accommodate in the confined space of a rectangular movement: two tandem mainspring barrels with 240 hours of energy storage capacity and a tourbillon precision regulator composed of 72 individual parts.

    Characteristic for Patek Philippe, hardly any signs on the outside of the piece would reveal the complexity of its inner workings. Understated elegance has always been a hallmark of Patek Philippe but the tourbillon cage is in fact concealed for a very practical reason - the oil used to lubricate the mechanism is sensitive to ultraviolet rays and will decompose when exposed to daylight, thus losing its beneficial tribological properties. Extremely stringent standards are imposed on all Patek Philippe movements and even more so on tourbillon pieces. The reference 5101 in platinum features the distinctive feature of carrying the official C.O.S.C. (Contrôle Officiel Suisse de Chronomètre) certification, the Geneva Seal, and interesting 18k vintage rose gold dial.

    To the best of our knowledge this watch has never before been offered in public.

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    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT ITALIAN COLLECTOR