The specialist artistic techniques used to decorate timepieces have a long and glorious history at Patek Philippe. Since the 1600’s, Geneva has been a centre of excellence for rare handcrafts, and throughout its own history, Patek Philippe has flown the flag for the artisans and their incredible work. Today, Patek Philippe showcase around 40 rare hand craft pieces per year. Designed around every day objects and images it is the responsibility of Manufacture Directoire to research and develope, but also work closely with their inhouse artisans to create these rare challenging works of art. The rare handcraft collection adorns not only wrist watches, but pocket watches and domed table clock also. Showcasing expertise in enamelling, marquetry, stone setting, guilloche and hand engraving. Demand in this area far exceeds supply. Artisans practicing their craft at this level are few and far between, and Patek Philippe will never compromise on qaulity by sacrificing its standards and increase production quantities. Rarity is the common denominator: in the finely tuned skills, the artisans who master them, and the products that are a testament to their abilities. Never before offered to market and retailed by a highly respected U.K Retailer, this particular very fine and rare model is the ref 5077 “Blood Pheasant”. Limited edition in 2014 it is made in a flat Calatrava style Platinum case and held on a genuine black alligator strap with matching Platinum pin buckle. Fitted with the highly complicated and decorated Manufacture calibre 240. Highly rare enamel dial with close up, painted image of a blood pheasant’s feathers in green and gold. Finished with a sapphire crystal glass.