With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 25 June 2014, product literature, instruction manual, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
Reference 5131 is a tribute to Patek Philippe’s vintage world time watches, which are today amongst the rarest treasures, especially when highlighted by a superb cloisonné enamel dial such as the present contemporary example. As the art of making such dials is highly complex and requires great skill from dedicated artisans, the numbers produced are very limited.
Reference 5131 is equipped with the ultra-thin automatic calibre 240 HU. (HU stands for Heure Universelle, which is French for World Time). It features an eccentric 22k gold micro-rotor recessed in the back plate.
Reference 5131 was produced in two different case materials with two different cloisonné enamel dials. The yellow gold version displays the Americas, Europe and Africa, while the white gold version, as in the present example, displays Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
A detailed count reveals that only 12 other examples in white gold are known to have appeared at auction to date. The present lot is fresh to the market.