For over twenty-one years, Patek Philippe sold its iconic ultra slim 3940 Perpetual watch to those who wanted a fine complicated watch as a mainstay of their collections.
We present to you here what is often called the “black tie” version of Patek Philippe’s perpetual offerings.
During 2006, Patek shook up lovers of perpetual watches by replacing that mainstay with the 5140 in white gold, rose gold, yellow gold and platinum. This example, in platinum, possesses a deep black galvanized dial. Its inky richness gives way to a hint of a sparkle with subdued diamond markers, an element added to the line in approximately 2014 at Baselworld.
Indeed, it is a tradition of Patek to offer its perpetual watches with some diamond elements. This is the first time, however, that Patek presented the diamonds as markers. But they are subtly placed and are easy to overlook at first glance, contributing to the overall richness of the piece.
Powered by a 22k gold micro-rotor, the slimness of the movement belies its complexity at first glance. The dauphine hands provide an aggressive modernity to the updated watch, while the indicators manage to represent time, day/night, day of the week, month, year and even leap year without any sacrifice of legibility. With only a 37mm diameter, it is some black magic Patek has accomplished in fitting the indicators so seamlessly into the design of the watch.
This watch retails at $115k at the current time and is largely wait-listed by dealers. This absolutely Mint example is being offered at a price that is hard to say “no” to if you appreciate fine hand-beveled curves, meticulously executed Geneve stripes and what is certainly a “grown up” complication all in a staid and rich compact package.
Name: Patek Philippe 5140P (perpetual) with Diamond Markers
Size: 37mm W x 9mm H
Movement: 240Q ultra thin perpetual calibre, gyromax balance wheel at 21600 Bph
Power Reserve: 48 hours
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