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PATEK PHILIPPE – The exception that will become the rule

At its grand exhibition held in Singapore this fall, Patek Philippe launched a series of six watches. Among them was an amazing new model embodying an exception to an aesthetic rule that the brand has been applying for many years : the Minute Repeater Tourbillon Singapore Special Edition 2019 has no dial, just a subdial serving as a small seconds scale at 6 o’clock. Patek Philippe normally does without this particular element only on its rare skeleton watches, which Ref. 5053R-010 is not. The brand does not generally reveal the inner workings of its watches through the front, but exclusively via the caseback. However, it so happens that the R TO 27 PS caliber has a great deal worth revealing beneath the hands : hammers and gongs, snails and other components that enable it to chime the time, as well as the reverse side of its one-minute tourbillon. The brand had thus far resisted the standard practice of providing a dial cut-out to highlight a rotating regulating organ. While connoisseurs will regard this as an enchanting interlude, since this is a 12-piece limited edition, it is in fact the first series to showcase this aesthetic principle, and there are more to come !

Patek Philippe ref. 5303R-010 Minute Repeater Tourbillon Singapore 2019 Special Edition

CASE : 5N rose gold, openwork white gold case middle with openwork grid, transparent sapphire crystal and back, additional red gold caseback, non-water-resistant DIMENSIONS : 42mm in diameter, 12.13mm thick MOVEMENT : hand-wound mechanical with one-minute tourbillon regulator, R TO 27 PS caliber with 48-hour power reserve FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds, minute repeater DIAL : sapphire small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock in sapphire, leaf-type hands in black lacquered gold STRAP : glossy black alligator with 5N rose gold folding clasp

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