Friday, June 26, 2015

In Honor of Five Years

As much as I would have liked to have had a "Tempus Fugit Fifth Anniversary" special piece, I think that looking back on some of Patek Philippe's commemorative pieces should be just as enjoyable ; )
Courtesy of Patek Philippe

This piece is from 1997 and commemorates the Inauguration of Plan-les-Ouates workshops - the 
REF. 5500 Pagoda.

Per Patek Philippe:

The edition was limited to 1,100 pieces in 18k yellow gold, with a gold dial; 500 in 18k rose gold, with silvered dial; 250 in 18k white gold, with salmon-colored dial; and 150 in platinum, with black dial.

The REF. 5500 Pagoda was equipped with the manually wound caliber 215 with a Gyromax® balance.

And that's not all!  Again, per Patek Philippe:

For the first time in watchmaking history, Switzerland’s official chronometer certification bureau the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) and the Geneva Seal Authority join together to issue a new exclusive individual rating certificate for the men’s Pagoda. This unique certificate is created for Patek Philippe to acknowledge and officially recognize the exceptional quality, precision, and excellence of the company’s craftsmanship.
With an alligator strap, a buckle shaped like the top of a pagoda, and a back case engraving with the commemorative year – 1997 – and the word “pagoda”, the watch is accompanied by a silver commemorative coin, and delivered in an oriental-style presentation box.
REF. 5500: Caliber 215 PS manual-winding mechanical movement. Movement diameter: 21.5 mm, and height: 2.5 mm. Hours, minutes, seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Number of parts: 130. Case dimensions: Width: 29.2 mm. Length: 40.8 mm. Height: 11.6 mm.
Yeah, that would do!

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