5970J-012 | UNIQUE PIECE

  • Collection: Grand Complication
  • Model reference: 5970J-012
  • Case/Size: Yellow gold, 40mm
  • Dial: Black
  • Movement: Manual-winding
  • Functions: Chronograph, perpetual calendar
  • Specificity: Unique Piece 1/1
  • Price: Upon request

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Description

Best known for their Grand Complications watches Patek Philippe masters the “Haute Horlogerie” and are arguably the best in the industry.
In 1989, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the manufacture, Patek Philippe developed what is one of the most complicated portable timepiece in the world: the Calibre 89 with 33 complications but half a century ago in 1932 they had built the “Henry Graves Supercomplication” which had at that time 24 complications, including Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from Graves’s apartment on Fifth Avenue.
For decades they did held the title of the most complicated watches built. Mastering their craft they perpetuated the skills and traditions to deliver in their current collection pieces of the highest quality.

 

The lineage of the 5970 goes back to the great-great grandfather reference 1518 (1941-1954), followed by the reference 2499 (1950-1985), the reference 3970 (1985-2004) and then our model the 5970 (2004-2010) and finally the current production model on the Patek Philippe catalogue the 5270 (2010- )

* The present watch is a never before seen, unique 5970J made as a special order for an important Patek Philippe collector.
The standard 40mm yellow gold model with the white dial (initially made only one year in 2008) bears the reference 5970J-001, but this 1/1 special piece was born with the black dial of the platinum version and received therefore a different reference, the 5970J-012.
It houses the last non-manufacture perpetual calendar movement, it is based on a Lemania ébauche although heavily modified and finished by Patek Philippe.  Considered one of the best designed cases, in the brand’s history, the perpetual calendar chronograph is certainly the most important watch and this model one of the most sought after modern timepiece.

– The 5970J-012 is available for viewing preferrably by appointment

 

 

 

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 and wooden presentation box