Lot 183
  • 183

Patek Philippe

50,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • Patek Philippe
  • white gold
  • diameter 38.6 mm
• cal. 240 automatic lever movement, 27 jewels • white and blue enamel Azulejos style dial depicting the scene 'The Porter', blued steel hands • 18k white gold case, snap-on sapphire crystal display back, 18k white gold hinged cover • case, dial, and movement signed • with an 18k white gold Patek Philippe buckle


Movement running at the time of cataloguing. The dial and hands in very good condition. The case with little signs of actual wear. Very light surface scuffs to polished edges fo case back, only visible under magnification. Overall excellent condition. The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required the buyer's discretion.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Patek Philippe certificate of origin, folder, presentation case and outer packaging.

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.