September 4, 1839 a small shop on the waterfront Berg hours in Geneva, which was opened only a few months, selling pocket watch. Watches were complex, and although the mechanism was made in the Vallée de Joux, it was assembled and finished in Geneva. Reports about the store, owned by Antoine Norbert de Patek and his partner Francois Capek, suggests that the clock was 19-mi, that they ever sold, and that the owner paid for them 450 francs.
In the course of history, the company Patek Philippe was founded in 1851, and since then, it is famous for the repeaters. The Swiss manufactory Patek Philippe announced new repeater – Reference 5303R-001 Minute Repeater Tourbillon.
The first version of hours Minute Repeater Tourbillon Singapore 2019 Ref. 5303R-010 was released in 2019 at the exhibition Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand in Singapore last autumn. It was a special edition of 12 copies, intended for Singapore and Southeast Asia, and it was bright red small track with the stars at the five-minute mark – a tribute to the flag of Singapore. The new version is not a limited edition, and has a darker black minute ring, but otherwise identical, including the 42-millimeter case of 18K rose gold.
Minute repeaters mechanically separated into two levels; the first of them is under the dial, and the second – on the rear part of the mechanism (i.e., that the master clock is called the upper plate, because that is where, as a rule, there is a large portion of the active mechanism). Work under the dial, or kadratsiya consists of cycling. Working mechanism, which drives the movement of the pointer, and rehearse – step system of cams that rotate along the arrow, though unseen.
In 2013, Patek Philippe held a special exhibition of each of their current collections repeaters in New York. Repeaters are very complex, even in their simplest form. In addition to the audio signal there are security mechanisms that must be built to prevent improper audio signal. These include the element of surprise, which prevents drop arms on the wrong step, and the element that holds the repeater from the chime, if the slide is not pushed all the way back.
All these different elements require very careful coordination to work properly. Furthermore, gongs, which are usually made of hardened steel, should be configured properly tightened; hammer hitting depth should be neither too deep nor too shallow; the pace should not be too fast nor too slow, etc.
Taking into account all of the above, it becomes clear why, of all the complications repeater remains one of the last bastions of high-end watchmaking art, created in the old-fashioned method.
Clock completed Caliber R TO 27 PS, which is a minute repeater tourbillon by Patek. Finishing, incredibly refined and dignified architecture – all this makes the Caliber with one of the most important complex mechanisms with manual winding, ever created for a wristwatch, with a beauty that goes beyond the simple complexity and achieves the level of art. From the standpoint of the technical arrangement is a classical repeater. To say that the quality is high, then do not say anything. On the market with a tourbillon minute repeater is extremely rare.
Specifications Patek Philippe 5303R-001 Minute Repeater Tourbillon
- Housing 42 x 12.13 mm 18K rose gold, sapphire crystal
- Skeletonized dial, black sapphire crystal, gold arrows
- Manual winding mechanism, Caliber R TO 27 PS, Gyromax balance, the carrying frequency of 21 600 pg / hour, 365 parts of stones 29, range 40 hours functions: hours, minutes, seconds, repeater, tourbillon
- Strap in alligator leather insert made of 18K rose gold
- Price 590,000 CHF