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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM RECTANGULAR TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 10 DAY POWER RESERVE
PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM RECTANGULAR TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 10 DAY POWER RESERVE
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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM RECTANGULAR TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 10 DAY POWER RESERVE

SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 5101, MOVEMENT NO. 5'250'125, CASE NO. 4'471'316, CIRCA 2011

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM RECTANGULAR TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 10 DAY POWER RESERVE
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 5101, MOVEMENT NO. 5'250'125, CASE NO. 4'471'316, CIRCA 2011
Movement: Cal. TO 28-20 REC 10J PS IRM, manual, 29 jewels, Patek Philippe Seal, signed
Dial: Signed
Case: Glazed back secured by 4 screws, 30 mm. wide, 51 mm. overall length, signed
With: Platinum Patek Philippe buckle, Certificate of Origin dated 8 December 2011 and Rate Accuracy Certificate for Patek Philippe Tourbillon Watches in portfolio, original slip case, presentation box and outer packaging
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> Some watches are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot. > Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Lot Essay

It takes much more than a cursory glance to realise that reference 5101 is a highly complicated wristwatch. In fact it 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 power reserve and a tourbillon precision regulator composed of 72 individual parts.

As is characteristic of Patek Philippe, hardly any signs on the outside of the piece 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.

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