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Ltd. anniversary ref. 5105 and ref. 5565

November 17 2006 at 6:21 AM

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Response to Press Release: Patek Philippe "Salon", Geneva Re-Opening

Press release:

Two limited-edition anniversary watches

As a surprise to commemorate the inauguration of the new Salon Patek Philippe on Rue du Rhône, the workshops created two anniversary timepieces that are sure to go down in the annals of horological history: the Ref. 5105 in platinum and the Ref. 5565 in steel. Both
watches, bearing the inimitable Patek Philippe signature, are as exclusive as they are rare. The first model is limited to 100 watches, the second to 300. They embody the aesthetic quality and
technical perfection that Patek Philippe has systematically and unfalteringly endorsed since the company was founded 167 years ago.
Befitting of the style of the workshops – superb traditional artisanship, technical innovation, and discreet yet refined elegance – that each of these small masterpieces bridges the past to the
present in its own subtle way. Both watches are witnesses of the legendary timelessness for which the brand stands. The two new models will remind future generations of the inauguration of the renovated Salon Patek Philippe, a milestone in the history of watchmaking.

The Ref. 5105 in platinum:

revival of a lost treasure The inaugural Ref. 5105 has particularly intimate ties with Patek Philippe’s headquarters. In fact, it owes its existence to the discovery of a hidden treasure: one hundred caliber 9-90 movements dating back to 1959 were found in an old wooden chest on the sixth floor in 1996
when the watchmaking departments moved to Plan-les-Ouates. These venerable calibers inspired the creation of this inaugural model, the first to be endowed with an authentically historic movement. To match the pedigree of the movement, an equally distinguished case was
designed. the Ref. 5105 reflects the art deco design of the Ref. 492 presented in 1936. Its rectangular case with tiered flanks and a cambered back was fitted with the tonneau-shaped,
manually wound caliber 9-90 that debuted in 1934. Platinum was chosen for the case because of the historical significance of this inaugural timepiece. With the subtle interplay of satin finishing and mirror gloss between the bezel and caseband, Ref. 5105 is just as visually
compelling as its gold predecessor. The silver-plated, satin-finished dial is an authentic replica of the 1936 original. It has a railwaytrack scale on the periphery, a subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock, the Roman numeral XII, and applied white-gold, baton-style hour markers that with the white-gold hands assure excellent
legibility. The completely redesigned watch preserves the style of its ancestor with broad, polished bevels accentuating the silhouette of its domed sapphire crystal. The sapphire-crystal
back, also contoured, reveals the unique movement of earlier times, resurrected from a decades-long hiatus. With the newest techniques available, the movement was fully disassembled, lubricated, readjusted and then cased. The Ref. 5105 is worn on a hand-stitched
alligator strap secured with a historic platinum buckle that is highly coveted among collectors. Every watch is delivered in a classic brown leather case crafted explicitly for this anniversary

Technical data

Calatrava Ref. 5105 in platinum
Movement: Caliber 9-90 PS
Tonneau-shaped manually wound mechanical movement
Width: 18 mm
Length: 25.6 mm
Height: 3.65 mm
Number of parts: 152
Number of jewels: 18
Power reserve: Max. 45 hours
Balance: Screw balance with index regulator
Frequency: 19,800 semi-oscillations/hour (2.75 Hz)
Balance spring: Breguet
Balance spring stud: Adjustable
Crown: Two-position crown:
- Pulled out: to set the time
- Pushed in: to wind the watch
Displays: Hours, minutes, small seconds with subsidiary dial at 6 o'clock
Hallmark: Geneva Seal (two hallmarks one on bridge/one on mainplate)
Limited edition of 100 watches
Case: 950 platinum, domed sapphire crystal with beveled edges and
contoured sapphire-crystal caseback, diamond between lugs at 6
Two-tiered case flank, partially polished, partially satin-finished
Knurled crown
Screw back
Water-resistant to 30 meters
Case dimensions: Width: 25.20 mm
Length: 46 mm
Height: 10.95 mm
Width between lugs: 17 mm
Dial: Silver-plated and satin-finished with railway-track minute scale
Subsidiary seconds dial, black printed
11 baton-style hour markers in 18K white gold
Roman numeral XII in 18K white gold
Alpha hands in black nickel-plated white gold for hours, minutes
and seconds
Strap: Navy blue, large-scaled alligator, hand-stitched, with historic 14-
mm prong buckle in platinum

The Ref. 5565 in steel: timelessly modern

An inaugural watch in steel is indeed a rarity. Its cool, smooth surface symbolizes the modern era with a host of practical and enduring inventions, among them stainless steel. The design of the watch, inspired by Patek Philippe’s 1938 Ref. 565 wristwatch, corresponds to the cool, understated nimbus of the material. Initially this watch was fitted with the famous manually wound caliber 12-120 launched in 1937, and it had a subsidiary seconds dial. Starting in 1942, it was relaunched as a sweep-seconds model, cased with the next-generation 12-120 SC caliber first produced in 1938. The 2006 inaugural watch borrows from its predecessor the
remarkable sleekness of the two-part case in which the bezel and the caseband constitute one part. The silver-plated two-tone dial — with a vertical satin finish in the middle, subsidiary seconds, black nickel-plated Arabic numerals in gold, and baton-style luminescent hands — is a model of legibility. Its manufacture movement, held in high esteem by connoisseurs, is Patek Philippe’s caliber 215 PS that was developed in the early 1970s. It ticks discreetly behind the
screwed steel back that is decorated with an engraving of the Patek Philippe building on Rue du Rhone and the inscription “1839 – 1892 – 2006” to commemorate the three milestone years. It is worn on a brown, large-scaled alligator strap with a historic steel buckle appreciated by collectors because of its comfortable fit.
Each of the 300 watches of this inaugural edition comes in a stately box made of Madagascan ebony. It has a glass window with a silkscreen rendition of the Patek Philippe building and a stainless steel frame, also engraved with the “1839 – 1892 – 2006” trilogy.
Months of meticulous craftsmanship have been invested in these two exceptional 2006-edition watches. Both technically and aesthetically, they exhibit a degree of perfection that a true connoisseur will instantly recognize as a hallmark of the “Patek spirit.” The owners of one of these commemorative timepieces can rest assured that their descendants in 100 years or more will wear it as proudly as they do today.

Calatrava Ref. 5565 in steel
Movement: Caliber 215 PS
Manually wound mechanical movement
Diameter: 21.90 mm
Height: 2.55 mm
Number of parts: 130
Number of jewels: 18
Power reserve: Max. 45 hours
Balance: Gyromax
Frequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations/hour (4 Hz)
Balance spring: Flat
Balance spring stud: Adjustable
Crown: Two-position crown:
- Pulled out: to set the time
- Pushed in: to wind the watch
Displays: Hours, minutes, small seconds subsidiary dial at 6 o'clock
Hallmark: Geneva Seal
Limited edition of 300 watches
Case: Stainless steel
Screw back
Back engraved with view of building from Quai Général-Guisan
and with inscription of the three milestone years 1839, 1892, and
Water-resistant to 30 meters
Case dimensions: Diameter: 36 mm
Height: 7.45 mm
Width between lugs: 19 mm
Dial: Two-tone dial, silver plated, vertical satin finish in the center
Subsidiary seconds dial, black printed
Baton-style hour and minute hands in 18K white gold, black
nickel-plated and with luminous coating
Baton-style seconds hand in black nickel-plated gold
Strap: Brown, large-scaled alligator, hand-stitched, with 16-mm prong
buckle in stainless steel.

29.Nov. Typo corrected re. "Geneva seal on cal. 215"

This message has been edited by wsw_de on Nov 29, 2006 8:12 AM

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