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PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL DIAL

REF. 5131, CIRCA 2014

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PATEK PHILIPPE. A RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL DIAL
REF. 5131, CIRCA 2014
Movement: Automatic
Dial: Cloisonné enamel
Case: 39.5 mm.
With: 18k gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp, Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, product literature and leather folder
Remark: Fresh to the market
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Lot incorporates material from endangered species that is not for sale and is shown for display purposes only. The endangered species strap shown with the Lot is for display purposes only and is not for sale.Upon sale, the watch will not be supplied to a buyer outside Hong Kong with any watch strap.

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Lot Essay

The yellow gold version of reference 5131 (such as the present example) was launched in 2008, followed by white gold in 2009 and later pink gold in 2014. The dial of the yellow gold example represents the Americas, Europe and Africa, the white gold version shows Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, and finally the dial of the pink gold version shows Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Reference 5131 is the successor of reference 5130 and shows three notable differences: use of a distinguishable closionné enamel dial, the names of the 24 cities are displayed in Italic type and the signature Patek Philippe and company location Genève are engraved on the bezel. Only two or three enameller artists are able to produce these rare dials and together they can only deliver 30-40 dials of each color every year. In 2012 a special and unique reference 5131 was produced with a view of Lake Geneva, to celebrate the firm's 175th Anniversary. In 2014, limited editions with different dial motifs were launched.

Reference 5131 is equipped with the ultra-thin automatic calibre 240 HU (HU for Heure Universelle, French for World Time). It features an eccentric 22K gold micro-rotor recessed in the back plate.

A modern world time wristwatch, the mechanism dates back to the 1930s when talented Geneva watchmaker Louis Cottier devised it and offered his invention to Patek Philippe. Cottier's ingenuity resulted in the company's now classic references 1415 HU and 2523. In 1959, Patek Philippe obtained a patent for Cottier's device (Swiss Patent No. 340 191). The company further developed the movement, introducing calibre 240 HU in 1999.

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