Introduced at the Basel fair in 2008, the ref. 5207 joined as an enrichment to the Patek Philippe’s Grande Complication family. Featuring minute repeater, tourbillon and instantaneous perpetual calendar functions, it took the brand’s top caliber engineers five years to develop this new timepiece striving to advance mechanical functionality.
Composed of 549 parts, the movement is developed based on the popular caliber R TO 27 PS which can be seen in the firm’s ref. 3939, but with the new perpetual-calendar module where two improvements to the complication were made. The month, day, date, and leap year are read in apertures rather than in the array of subsidiary dials which are more commonly seen in many models. Unlike conventional indicators that can take hours to register a new date, all displays of the perpetual calendar advance instantaneously and synchronously at midnight. This is an extremely challenging additional complication based on the flawless interaction of 212 individual parts. The core of their invention is a mechanism consisting of levers and complex program cams for which two patent applications were filed. The other two main functions of the ref. 5207, the sonority of the minute repeater and the accuracy of the tourbillon are, needless to say, also highly praised by collectors. The creation of this model is once again a testimony to the world that Patek Philippe is the most prominent watch brand continuing to produce rare and precious timepieces which are legacies to be handed down from one generation to the next.
It is believed to be the first time ever for the present reference 5207 in pink gold case to appear in the auction market.
According to our research, only a handful of this "Grande Complication" are manufactured per year, underlining the exclusivity behind this masterpiece. Despite still being listed in Patek Philippe's catalogues, the present reference 5207 is only granted to the most loyal and faithful collectors of the brand.
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