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Lot Details

STRAP: Black crocodile leather with Patek Philippe platinum tang buckle
DIAL: White Enamel
MOVEMENT: Self-Winding Mechanical
FUNCTIONS: Minute repeater, Subsidiary seconds
BOX: Fitted presentation box and outer packaging
PAPERS: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated 28 February 2012, Manual in large leather portfolio
ACCESSORIES: Additional black crocodile leather strap

Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

Patek Philippe minute repeaters are arguably the most sought-after complication by this maker, as each repeater undergoes the most rigorous testing and sound mapping analysis in a sound-proof chamber before final presentation to Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe, whose final approval must be obtained before the watch leaves the workshop.

The present example of the Ref. 5078P is no exception. Within the 38mm platinum case beats the automatic calibre R 27 PS with a minute repeater chiming on two gongs - despite the Ref. 5078's complexity, the movement is only 5.05mm thick. The minute repeater is activated on-demand through a discreetly positioned slide in the case. Also subtle and sophisticated, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals offers its wearer the understated style for which Patek Philippe is world-renowned.

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe & Co. (PP) is a Swiss ultra-luxury watch manufacturer founded in 1852, located in Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. It designs and manufactures timepieces and movements including some of the most complicated mechanical watches. It is considered by many experts and aficionados to be one of the most prestigious mainstream watch brands along with Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, and A. Lange & Söhne. Polish watchmaker Antoni Patek started making pocket watches in 1839 in Geneva, along with his fellow Polish assistant Franciszek Czapek. They separated in 1844, and in 1845 Patek joined with the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe, inventor of the key-less winding mechanism. Patek Philippe & Co was founded in 1851. Patek Philippe pioneered the perpetual calendar, split-seconds hand, chronograph, and minute repeater in watches. Like other Swiss manufacturers, the company produces mostly mechanical movements of the automatic and manual wind variety but has produced quartz watches in the past, and a digital wristwatch, the Ref. 3414. Patek was notable for being one of 20 Swiss watch companies to develop the first Swiss production watch the beta 21 used by other manufactures in watches such as the Omega Electroquartz watches.