5950/1A-013 | Grand Complications

  • Collection: Grand Complications
  • Model reference: 5950/1A-013
  • Case/Size: Stainless steel, 37mm
  • Dial: Silver
  • Movement: Manual-winding
  • Functions: Chronograph
  • Specificity: Single Sealed
  • Condition: Brand new

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Description

Patek Philippe made the first ever wrist watch with the split-seconds complication in 1923. The watch featured a monopusher split-seconds chronograph and a white enamel dial encased in a 30mm yellow gold case. It was sold for USD $3M at an auction in 1999.
This piece inspired the gorgeous reference 5959, which was launched in 2005 and featured the incredible Patek Philippe hand-wound Calbire CHR 27-525 PS, which at the time, was the world’s thinnest monopusher split-seconds at only 5.25 mm in thickness.
This legendary reference was soon replaced by Ref. 5950 launched in 2010. An application piece since its birth, this retro masterpiece featured an art-deco style cushion-shaped stainless steel case, paying tribute the historical pieces of the 1920s. An instant hit among the collector community, the 5950 was as artistic, as it was complicated, with applied Breguet numerals, grooved sub-dials, a railroad minute track and the corners of the dial engraved and filled.

 

The present watch reference 5950/1A-013 takes the beauty of its predecessor a notch up in terms of the aesthetic. While it retains all the trademark style cues from the original 5950, this beauty has the numerals applied in pink-gold, with pink-gold hands and matching corner fillings. The contrast is instantly eye-catching, and adds a rich hue to the otherwise understated magnificence of the original 5950. The dial displays hours, minutes and split-second monopusher chronograph with 60 second and 60 minute counters.

The movement is where this timepiece comes alive! A riot of springs, levers and bridges, this intensely complicated hand-wound calibre is a sight to behold. The combination of steel, black-polished bridges/screws and the rose-gold wheels and engravings, and to top it all, the impeccable finishing with chamfered edges, the polished column-wheel cap, contrasting against the matte finish bridges offer wonderful dimensionality and depth which one could admire for hours.

The little detail on the corners of the case-back with pink-gold filled engravings, complimenting the dial-side is just exquisite.
This can easily be termed as a piece of art, which also happens to be a grand complication, and not the other way around.
The marvelous and extremely rare timepiece comes on a factory fitted stainless steel bracelet.

 


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 wallet with Patek Philippe international warranty certificate, product literature and a wooden presentation box