Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 27 June 2002 and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 2001 and its subsequent sale on 28 September 2001. Furthermore delivered with spare 18K gold snap on back number 4'162'337, original fitted wooden presentation box and outer packaging, additional burgundy leather presentation box with electrical winding facility and outer packaging.
The present watch was purchased by the actual owner from Beyer Chronometrie Zürich in 2002. It is furthermore the first example of this reference to appear at auction to date. A second example of reference 5079 is exhibited at the renowned Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva.
Reference 5079 was introduced into the market in 2001. The model is fitted with an enamel dial and the ingenious calibre R 27 PS that impresses not only by its remarkable number of 342 parts but also by Patek Philippe's masterly performance of combining a micro-rotor and minute repeating mechanism in a proportionally small 12 1/2''' movement.
It is furthermore incorporating a "Cathedral" repeating mechanism, consisting of a high-tone and a low-tone gong. When the repeating is activated, first the number of hours are stroke by means of one of the two hammers on the low-tone gong, followed by the quarter hours with double strikes on both the low-tone and the high-tone gong, and finally the number of minutes which have elapsed since the last quarter-hour with one hammer on the high-tone gong.
The length of the gong in a standard repeating mechanism corresponds to almost precisely one turn in the movement whereas those of the "Cathedral" mechanism exceed the case circumference by at least one and a half, even two turns. Consequently, a much richer and fuller timbre is achieved, resembling the chime of the bells of a cathedral.