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. 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. This particular very fine and rare model is the ref 5180 skeleton timepiece. Now discontinued, it is made in an all hand-polished 18ct white gold case and held on a Manufacture made 18ct white gold bracelet. Fitted with the highly complicated and decorated Manufacture calibre 240 SQU ultra-thin skeleton mechanical self-winding movement with full hand engraving. Blue sapphire crystal edging around the skeleton dial and finished with a sapphire crystal glass and case back.
Patek Philippe 5180/1G-001Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe Complication timepiece. All 18ct white gold case, held on a hand made and assembled 18ct white gold bracelet, ultra-thin mechanically hand-wound movement, fully skeletonised dial exposing both sides of the movement, finished with a sapphire crystal glass and case back.
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