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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 72

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and extremely rare platinum self-winding minute repeating wristwatch with enamel dial and original certificate

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 5078, MOVEMENT 1'904'160, CASE NO. 4'330'475, CIRCA 2005

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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and extremely rare platinum self-winding minute repeating wristwatch with enamel dial and original certificate
    Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 5078, movement 1'904'160, case no. 4'330'475, circa 2005
    Cal. R 27 PS nickel-finished lever movement stamped with the Geneva seal, 39 jewels, Gyromax balance, free sprung regulator, engine-turned 22K gold micro-rotor, repeating on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, in large circular case with downturned lugs, snap on back, repeating slide in the band, platinum Patek Philippe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 24 July 2006, leather file containing information and images of reference 5078, platinum glazed display back no. 4'330'475, wooden presentation box and outer packing.

    The present watch has never been offered at auction before and is the first example of a reference 5078 to appear in public to date.

    Manufacture of reference 5078 was launched in 2005, the model available only in platinum.

    It is fitted with the ingenious calibre R 27 PS which impresses not only by its remarkable number of 342 parts but also by Patek Philippe's masterly performance of combining a micro-rotor and a minute repeating mechanism in a proportionally small 12 1/2''' movement.

    It is furthermore incorporating a "Cathedral" repeating mechanism of this watch consisting of a high-tone and a low-tone gong. When the repeating is activated, first the hours are stroke by means of one of the two hammers on the low-tone gong, followed by the quarter hours with double strikes on both the low-tone and the high-tone gong, and finally the number of minutes which have elapsed since the last quarter-hour with one hammer on the high-tone gong.

    The length of the gong in a standard repeating mechanism corresponds to almost precisely one turn in the movement whereas those of the "Cathedral" mechanism exceed the case circumference by at least one and a half, even two turns. Consequently, a much richer and fuller timbre is achieved.

    Pre-Lot Text

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