Ok, so admittedly this is getting to be a bit of a habit. I am sure though that once you read the article you will agree that it was worth us breaking our unspoken rule about second-hand watches one more time. Following on from the rare Patek Philippe ref 2499 that we told you about last week, which is to be auctioned online in June, today’s entry is a stunning unique Patek Philippe Ref 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon in pink gold, which will be auctioned by Antiquorum on May 12th.
The estimate? A cool US$1.1m – US$1.6m.
Patek Philippe Ref 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon
There are a couple of factors that make this piece so significant (and therefore attractive) to collectors, not the least of which is the fact that this is the most complicated timepiece Patek have ever produced. It features two dials (front and back) and offers 12 complications in total, including a minute-repeater with cathedral gongs, one-minute tourbillon, perpetual calendar with fly-back retrograde date and a nocturnal sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and lunar orbit, just to name a few.
What really tips things over the edge though is that the three-part 43.5mm solid pink gold case was special order, meaning that this is a piece unique. Now anyone who knows anything about Patek will no doubt be aware that they don’t just make special order timepieces for anyone. You have to be a highly valued, long-time client of the brand and even then there’s no guarantees. What we can be sure of though is that this piece is going to be at the center of a fierce bidding war when it goes under the hammer next month.
The profile of the case is defined by its unique ribbed band composed of six concentric ribs, the edges of the covers giving the effect of eight ribs in total. This decoration has been continued on the repeat-slide and makes for a rather striking appearance.
The front dial is in silver with pink gold silver hands and has been embossed with the Patek Philippe logo. It also features applied radial pink gold Roman numerals, concentric retrograde graduation for the days of the month in red on a plain reserve, guilloché subsidiary dials for the days of the week, the months, the leap year and the moon phases. The rear dial meanwhile showcases a midnight blue sky chart with gold star constellations and North/ South/ East/ West divisions, made from 3 superimposed sapphire crystal discs to display sidereal time.
First sold on February 4th, 2008, the piece will be auctioned with the beautifully crafted original Patek Philippe fitted box with lock and key, a setting pin, Official Chronometer Certificate and a Certificate of Origin, hang-tag and instructions.
This unique Ref 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon in pink gold is a must have for any serious Patek collector thanks to its highly desirable blend of complexity and rareness. Unfortunately though there is only one and so if you want to have it in your collection you’re going to have to be willing to fight for it.