5304R-001 | Minute Repeater

  • Collection: Grand Complications
  • Model reference: 5304R-001
  • Case/Size: Pink Gold, 43mm
  • Dial: Open Worked with Sapphire Disks
  • Movement: Self-winding
  • Functions: Perpetual Calendar, Moon Phases, Minute-Repeater
  • Specificity: Discontinued
  • Condition: Like new
Manufacturer’s International Warranty

All the watches we offer come with a 2 year warranty but this timepiece enjoys a guarantee covered by the manufacturer, valid internationally at any flagship store or official retailer carrying the respective brand. If you wish we are happy to assist you handling this task. Scope of coverage subject to manufacturer’s policy, please contact us for more information.

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Description

Patek Philippe is the last independent family-owned Geneva based watchmaker, with a glorious history of producing incredibly gorgeous and ultra-complicated timepieces, commissioned by royalty, heads of states and some industrialists who changed the course of history.

The first perpetual calendar by Patek Philippe was produced in 1864, delivered on March 24, 1865, to F. de la Peña, watchmaker to the queen and supplier to the court of Madrid.

One of the first Patek Philippe super-complicated watches was commissioned by automobile mogul James Ward Packard in 1916, followed by several more requests from the same gentleman, the last of which, an astronomical watch with 10 complications and a star chart, was delivered in 1927 to his hospital bed while he was battling brain tumour.

Then came the legendary super-complication timepiece made for Henry Graves Jr., with 24 complications, completed in 1932, which sold at Sotheby’s in 1999 for a staggering USD $11M, and then sold again in 2014 for USD $24M making it the most expensive timepiece ever sold at that time, earning it the title ‘Mona Lisa of watchmaking’.

Combining different complications together is in the DNA of Patek Philippe.
Here are a few of several known examples of combined complications:
• Minute repeater and chronograph (1912)
• Minute repeater with split-seconds chronograph (1914)
• Minute repeater and perpetual calendar (1881)
• Minute repeater with chronograph and perpetual calendar (1899)
• Double-dial grand complication with minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar (1914)
• Caliber 89 – the most complicated watch of its time with 33 complications (1989)
• Star Caliber 2000 (2000)
• Skymoon Tourbillon Ref 5002 in 2001 and Ref 6002 in 2013 – the most complicated wrist watch by Patek Philippe
• Reference 5207 featuring a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater and a tourbillon (2008)

And the list goes on…

Since its inception in 1939, Patek Philippe’s quest for perfection has led to several inventions and patents.
In 1989, on the occasion of the company’s 150th anniversary, Patek Philippe surprised the horology world yet again with the introduction of Caliber 89. The most complicated watch at the time, it has 33 complications, a total of 24 hands, with 1,728 components, and weighs 1.1kgs!

To celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2014, before presenting the anniversary collection, Patek Philippe launched another grand complication in the form of reference 5304R-001.

 

We, at “K2 Luxury” feel privileged to present this piece of art to our global network of esteemed clients.

The present example is an extremely practical wristwatch, with a divine combination of refined elegance and grand complications. Crafted in pink gold, the case is just 43mm, and encased within is the self-winding in-house caliber R27 PS QR LU, powering a minute-repeater and a perpetual calendar.

The most striking feature about this timepiece is the ostentatious open-worked dial – something which Patek Philippe had never done before, turning a new page in the brand’s illustrious history. Apart from the mesmerising aesthetic, it is also an opportunity to admire the incredible detail and finishing of the movement from the dial side. The month, day and the leap year indicators are presented on sapphire disks displayed through apertures at 3, 9 and 12 respectively, with the moon-phase and seconds indicators at 6, while the date is displayed along the periphery of the dial in retrograde format.

The minute repeater is activated by a white gold sliding lever, which not only sets in motion the melodious chimes, but also contrasts beautifully against the pink gold case. The striking complication is based on the traditional 2 gongs with an embedded bolt on the case middle. The sliding lever itself is a piece of art featuring a geometrical carving along its length, which continues on the opposite side of the case, and onto the lugs.

Stamped with the Patek Philippe hallmark of quality, this stunning timepiece is everything that the brand represents.

Now discontinued, this beautiful masterpiece is presented on a hand-stitched Louisiana Alligator strap with a pink gold deployant clasp, in a box with an in-built watch winder.

*This timepiece is offered with its full original set and enjoys a 2 year international Patek Philippe warranty.

 

 

Patek Philippe – Bio

Patek Philippe & Co. was founded in 1839, located in Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. It designs and manufactures timepieces and movements, including some of the most complicated mechanical watches. It is considered by many experts and aficionados to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers.
In 1868, Patek Philippe made their first wristwatch, which was sold on November 13, 1876 to the Hungarian Countess.
It is the last independent, family-owned Genevan watch manufacture with uninterrupted operating history spanning nearly 180 years.

Additional information

Accessories:

Accompanied by a leather folder with pictures and instructions, folder outer packaging, additional case back, setting pin, leather wallet, product literature, special wooden presentation box