The present lot is in exceptional condition and an attractive opportunity for any advised collector to develop a precious watch collection with a mint reference 5040 in pink gold. The reference 5040 is no longer available in Patek Philippe catalogue and very rare to find in such well-preserved condition. To the best of our knowledge it has never been offered in public before.
Reference 5040 was launched in 1992 and discontinued in 2007. It was available in all gold colours as well as in platinum and is distinguished by its tonneau tortue case, a style typical of the 1920s and 1930s, but much less common in modern times. Tonneau indicates a "barrel" shape (indeed tonneau means barrel in French) with narrow ends and wide center. Tortue (turtle, in French) describes a case with short lugs and rounded corners, resembling the legs of a turtle protruding from the shell. As this term defines a case detail, rather than a case shape, It is normally used in conjunction of the case shape, one can have tonneau tortue, like the present watch, or also carre tortue, cushion tortue, etc.