With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 14 May 2014, Rate Accuracy Certificate for Patek Philippe Tourbillon Watches dated 6 December 2012, product literature, instruction manual, leather portfolio, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
The present watch is the first reference 5101/100R-001 to appear on the auction market and is offered here in unused condition.
Reference 5101 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 of energy storage capacity and a tourbillon precision regulator composed of 72 individual parts.
Characteristic for Patek Philippe, hardly any signs on the outside of the piece would 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.
The “icing on the cake” for this reference 5101/100R-001 is the true work-of-art that is displayed throughout the case. Elegant and sophisticated scroll motifs have been finely engraved to the case giving a whole new appearance to this reference. Countless hours are required by highly skilled engravers to achieve such perfection in engraving each piece flawlessly.