The reference 5029 was produced in 1997 to commemorate the opening of the new Patek Philippe factory in Geneva and only 30 examples were produced - 10 each in platinum, pink and yellow gold respectively. According to research, only five were ever produced with a champagne dial such as the present watch.
The subtle elegant appearance of Ref. 5029 with its gently curved case and straight screw-set lugs pays homage to the design traditions of Patek Philippe. The case of the present lot was made by the renowned case maker Jean-Pierre Hagmann, whose mark, JHP, is stamped on the inside of the hinged case back.
Originally trained as a jeweler, Jean-Pierre Hagmann set up his own company in 1984, specializing in the manufacture of custom-made high quality watch cases. He worked for several of the world's most famous watch manufactures, notably Patek Philippe, to whom he supplied amongst others cases for references 3974, 3979 and 5029, all models of the firm's "Grand Complication" series.