Patek Philippe Genève, Movement No. 5852133, Case No. 6016240, Ref. 5131J-014, Cal. 240 HU, 39,5 mm, circa 2014
A gentleman‘s extremely rare Geneva wristwatch "World Time Map", as new, with world time display and cloisonné enamel dial showing a miniature map of America, Africa and Europe – sold on November 21, 2014 – with original box and certificate and owner’s handbook. This is one of the rarest world time watches; production of reference 5131J-014 started in 2012 and was discontinued in 2014. Case: 18k gold, glazed screw back, 18k Patek Philippe gold deployant clasp. Dial: 18k gold, polychrome cloisonné enamel centre. Movm.: 22k gold micro rotorwind movement.
The mechanism of the Patek Philippe reference 5131J-014 with its permanent display of all 24 time zones and the easy adjustment of the local time is a technical masterpiece that pleases any connoisseur of useful complications. At the same time the watch wows the lovers of fine art with its incredibly beautiful cloisonné enamel dial. This gentleman’s rare and highly sought after wristwatch is an updated version of reference 5131J-001. The difference to the original model is that three cities have been changed: Dubai was replaced by Moscow, Moscow was replaced by Riyadh and Caracas was replaced by La Paz. Local time is indicated by the two hands – the city is located on the city ring directly above 12 o’clock. The crown sets the exact time in connection with the 24 hour ring for the day and night hours. Changing from one time zone to another is done by pressing the pusher at 10 o’clock – each push moves the hour hand one hour forward, while the city ring and the 24 hour ring move anticlockwise by one hour (i.e., one time zone).
This construction was developed in the early 1930s by the exceptionally gifted watchmaker and inventor Louis Cottier in Geneva. He was the first to offer this design to Patek Philippe and in 1959 the company protected the invention with a Swiss patent. Later Cottier produced another mechanism that was capable of showing two time zones simultaneously. This was the principle that was used in the development of the Calatrava Travel Time.
Estimate 88,000 - 110,000 €
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