We’re extremely excited to bring you a rare glimpse into the inner workings of this extraordinary Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 5002R, which comes in 18ct gold. (SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO)
Manhattan Time Service’s master watchmaker Mitchell Lodowski (pictured below) has dismantled the timepiece and with an exclusive look beneath the dial, you’ll discover what makes this watch such a magnificent piece of watchmaking ingenuity.
Fetching a cool $1.2 million at auction, it certainly has the expectation when it comes to price, but what it is about this watch that warrants such a tag?
Patek Philippe is a brand known for its exclusivity; it produces less than 50,000 watches a year, uses high value materials such as white, yellow and rose gold and has a very tight distribution channel. But even by Patek’s standards, a $1.2 million model is exceptional.
You have to take a watch like this and see it for what it really is - a mind blowing piece of engineering, where the skill and expertise that has gone into creating such complex complications is beyond the realms of most of our understanding.
Talking to Manhattan Time Service’s watchmaker Tom Lodowski, he explains that it’s the sheer complexity of complications, combined with its one-of-a-kind design that demands such a value.
“I would call this the Picasso of horology,” he says. “Along with the incredible look of the watch, the number of complex functions is incredible, including a Tourbillon Moon Phase which is hidden in the movement, Sidereal time, Moon Descension, Celestial Chart, Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Repeater (Hour, Quarter Hour and Minute) and Perpetual Calendar. It truly is a piece of horological art.”
Tom Lodowski, Expert Watchmaker
But, aside from its obvious horological prowess, another great thing about this watch is some of the cool design features which all add to the individuality of the piece. One of them being the beautifully engraved case sides which display the Patek Philippe Calatrava Cross, an iconic symbol which adorns every Patek watch.
With a Geneva seal engraved on the movement, which also contains the hidden Tourbillon, the case back features a Celestial Sky Dial with white skeletonised hands which indicates the Sidereal hour as it occurs every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds.
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