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 Phlippe showcase around 40 rare hand craft pieces per year. Designed around every day objects and images it is the responsibility of Philippe, Thierry and Sandrine Stern 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 scarificing 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 previously offered to market, this particular very fine and rare model is the ref 5089, part of the “Ocean Liners” collection. This particular wristwatch was the actual timepiece showcased at the 2015 Watch Art Grand Exhibition in the rare hand craft and museum collection room adding to it’s provenance. Limited edition in 2015 it is made in a flat Calatrava style 18ct white gold case with a sapphire crystal glass exhibition case back. Held on a genuine black alligator strap with matching 18ct white gold pin buckle. Fitted with the highly complicated and decorated Manufacture calibre 240. Highly rare enamel dial painted with image of Ocean Liner “Arriving in Manhattan”. Finished with a sapphire crystal glass. The timepiece is pre-owned in factory double sealed condition.
Patek Philippe Calatrava timepiece, all 18ct white gold case, held on a genuine black alligator strap with matching white gold pin buckle, mechanical self-winding movement with offset rotor, fully painted enamel dial with “Arriving in Manhattan” scene, finished with a sapphire crystal glass and caseback. Limited production.
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18ct White Gold