PATEK PHILIPPE | WORLD TIME, REF 5131/1P, PLATINUM WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH WITH CLOISONNE ENAMEL DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 2018
PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
WORLD TIME, REF 5131/1P
PLATINUM WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH WITH CLOISONNE ENAMEL DIAL AND BRACELET
Dial: silvered, cloisonne enamel, North Pole
Calibre: cal. 240 HU automatic, 33 jewels
Movement number: 7'117'250
Case: platinum, screw-down sapphire crystal display back
Case number: 6'224'502
Closure: platinum Patek Philippe bracelet with integrated double folding clasp
Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter, bracelet circumference approx. 190mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated December 5, 2018, leather bi-fold, booklets and presentation case
Movement: running at the time of cataloguing, time zone pusher functional.
Case: in excellent condition throughout, the watch and bracelet show no signs of wear. The hallmarks are intact, bracelet clasp locks firmly.
Dial: enamel and hands are intact.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
"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."
Patek Philippe launched the reference 5131 in 2008. First introduced in yellow gold, the Maison subsequently released a white gold version in 2009, pink gold in 2014 and platinum in 2017. The 5131 is considered both as an horological marvel as well as a work of art with its hand painted cloisonné enamel dial depicting four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
Due to the laborious nature of the enamelling process, Patek Philippe only produces a limited number of this reference every year, making this a highly sought-after watch among collectors. The reference was in fact already subject to a long waiting list at the time of production, as only a couple enameller artists are producing less than 40 dials a year. Additionally, each dial is individually enamelled by hand, resulting in no two dials being identical.
As the perpetual calendar chronograph pieces, the World Time watches are iconic models from Patek Philippe. The manufacture has kept the essence of the early references such as the 1415 which was first introduced in 1939 and engineered by Louis Cottier. Coincidentally, the first 1415 with an enamel dial, also depicting a map, was made exactly 60 years before the 5131 was introduced.
The present example is crafted from noble platinum and comes on a matching polished bracelet, confirmed by the Certificate of Origin. The platinum example bears a specific enamel dial, depicting the North Pole. The single diamond set in the case at 6 o'clock, a signature detail for all platinum Patek Philippe cases, is complemented by the brand and 'World Time' engravings to the bezel, a design cue only visible on the 5131.
Offered on behalf of its original owner, this timepiece stands in exceptional condition and is accompanied by its full suite of accessories, making it a fantastic opportunity to add a rare and crisp example to a solid collection.