Property From an Important Private Collection
Reference 5531R-010 World Time Minute Repeater, An impressive and rare pink gold minute repeating world time wristwatch with miniature cloisonné enamel dial depicting the Manhattan skyline, Circa 2017 百達翡麗 5531R-010 型號 World Time Minute Repeater 罕有粉紅金三問世界時間腕錶配迷你掐絲琺瑯錶盤，錶盤繪曼哈頓海岸線風景，約2017年製
December 9, 06:15 PM GMT
1,000,000 - 2,000,000 USD
Reference 5531R-010 World Time Minute Repeater
An impressive and rare pink gold minute repeating world time wristwatch with miniature cloisonné enamel dial depicting the Manhattan skyline, Circa 2017
Dial: silvered outer track with the center in cloisonné enamel that depicts the Manhattan skyline by day
Caliber: cal. R 27 HU automatic, 45 jewels
Case: 18k pink gold, snap on sapphire display back
Closure: 18k pink gold Patek Philippe folding buckle
Size: 42 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Patek Philippe presentation box with outer packaging, Certificate of Origin dated 2018, product literature in large leather portfolio, solid case back, and hang tag
Throughout the history of watchmaker Patek Philippe, world-time equipped watches have played a significant role in the brand’s development and collection. Building upon the complication pioneering efforts of Louis Cottier, the lineage began with the reference 96HU and was later succeeded by the references 1415HU and 2523HU. Being the first to integrate such a complication into a wristwatch, Patek Philippe has established a singular reputation for crafting timepieces denoting “Heures Universelles” or “Universal Hours” over the years.
Building on this great lineage, the reference 5531R of 2017 departs from the traditional conceptions surrounding world time watches with the addition of the full integration of a chiming minute repeater.
Released in 2017, this important modern reference was first introduced to celebrate The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition, Patek Philippe’s 10-day New York retrospective of works old and new. In honor of the occasion and the location of its hosting, the manufacture fitted 10 total examples with cloisonné enamel dials created by the celebrated artist Anita Porchet depicting two versions of New York’s iconic skyline in day and night time colors. This present lot is fitted with the “New York by Day” dial seen on just 5 of the produced examples, which is traced by a rose gold 24-hour indicating disk, along with a city disk crafted from German silver.
Beneath this elegant and bold exterior lies the mechanical sophistication of this timepiece, the Cal. R27 HU movement. As complicated and expertly finished as you would expect from Patek Philippe, the reference specific movement is distinguished by how the world time function can be used in tandem with the minute repeater. Unlike traditional executions of the complication, where both function independently of each other, the caliber is capable of chiming a local time set using the pusher on the 2 o’clock position on the case’s side. This allows the wearer to easily keep track of their home time zone, while enjoying the chiming local time of wherever they may be.
Similarly, the reference’s repeating complication has also been employed with a slight twist, further setting it apart from the rest and reinforcing Patek Philippe’s forward-thinking ethos. Another first, the 5531R’s introduction marked the manufacture’s first instance of attaching the repeater mallets to the case band instead of the movement plate. Though this decision yields a far more difficult sonority adjustment process, it also produces a far more resistant tone. Without question, all this puts the reference into a class of its own, still only occupied by Patek Philippe.
In the metal, the 5531R carries significant presence by its 42 mm case. Such presence is only furthered by the ornate, clous de Paris finish found on the case’s sides and repeater slide and surrounding both the world time pusher and repeater slide. Securing the watch to the wrist are a pair of dramatic, skeletonize lugs allowing for the full appreciation of this case finishing.
This release ultimately spoke to the manufacture’s continual commitment to innovation within the realm of grand complication production, but also nods to the instrumentality played by New York in Patek Philippe’s modern history. Home to the Henri Stern Watch Agency - the once sole importer and distributor of Patek Philippe watches for the USA - New York has served as the setting of some of the watchmaker’s most daring commissions and important clients
Now a part of the regular collection, albeit with a dial not depicting the New York City skyline, the present example’s desirability will be felt amongst American and international collectors alike. Complete with all its accessories and unworn, it comes from one of the most important private collections of wristwatches in America.