With original Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin, leather pouch, product literature, box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2009 with cloisonné enamel depicting USA and Europe and its subsequent sale on January 29, 2009
This reference 5131, consigned by the original owner, has never been offered in public before.
Each company has a number of landmark models or complications which best embody the spirit of the maker. In the case of Patek Philippe, one can think of the perpetual chronographs family, the minute repeaters, and of course the world time watches.
Born from the genius of watchmaker Louis Cottier, this complication allows to instantaneously know the current time anywhere in the world. This complication was originally shunned by clients (which led to the impossible rarity of early world time references such as 2523 and 1415), but over the years its true beauty - and also usefulness - was eventually understood by the market, making it one of the most appreciated and iconic complications.
The world time system was re-introduced by Patek Philippe in 2000 with reference 5110 (2000-2006), and then upgraded with reference 5130 in 2006 (very similar to reference 5110 but larger and with different hands). In 2008, however, the model was released under reference 5131 in yellow and white gold with polychrome enamel dials with geographical maps, a clear homage to the iconic models of the 1950s. Given the difficult and time consuming process of realizing the enamel dials, production was extremely limited. Estimates evaluate the total output for reference 5131J at around 150-200 pieces only, making this model one of the rarest and at the same time most aesthetically striking made by Patek Philippe. Production of reference 5131 in white and yellow gold halted in 2013, with the latest examples delivered in 2014. A pink gold version was launched at Baselworld in 2015.