Presented as a limited edition at the 2017 Baselworld Fair, the reference 5089G Azulejos was introduced as a “true masterpiece that will never cease to attract the attention of collectors and watch enthusiasts” by Patek Philippe.
The ref. 5089G Azulejos exists in two version, the 5089G-61 “The porter”, which is the present lot, and the 5089G-062 “The barge”.
The fabulous dial is the star of the piece. The impressive trompe-l’oeil depicts the traditional art of painted square ceramic tiles characteristic of Portugal and southern Spain. Often associated with the decoration of palaces and villas, the Azulejos are either multicolored or monochrome, traditionally blue, the same as the 5089’s dial.
Reproducing this art on a watch is a world first and was an initiative of Mrs. Sandrine Stern, the wife of Mr. Thierry Stern, the president of Patek Philippe.
The watch also pays tribute to the highly skilled craft of the Swiss enameller.
The dial is made of gold. Using the traditional method, it is firstly covered by the contre email. Then, layer by layer, on the white primer, every shade of blue is added. Between each layer, the dial is fired which always represents a risk of cracking. About twelve firings are required to complete an Azulejos dial. The attention to details is mesmerizing and artists even sometimes use brushes with a single hair. The trompe l’oeil is also remarkable. It faithfully reproduces the effect of having a composition made of small tiles. The dial plays with the light and the impression of the “mini Azulejos” is striking.
This limited edition coincides with the 40th anniversary of one of the most celebrated movements Patek Philippe has ever created, the calibre 240. The reference 5089G embodies this calibre that can be admired through the sapphire display back. The back is protected by a plain hinged cover. This feature is also in the pure tradition of Patek Philippe and the famous officer’s cases.
The reference 5089G-61 Azulejos exudes centuries of tradition and the finest craftmanship with a look which is timeless. The combination of the painted enamel dial and the 38.6 mm white gold case makes this watch both understated and eye-catching for the connoisseur.
Presented in mint condition and with all the original accessories, this very rare watch is one of the most captivating time-only pieces Patek Philippe has ever produced.
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