Jetgala - - LUXE -

In­tro­duced in 2008, Patek Philippe’s Ref. 5180/1 is pro­duced in small num­bers each year owing to the time it takes to cre­ate such an in­tri­cate time­piece. One glance ex­plains why — only the hours and min­utes hands in­ter­rupt one’s view of the move­ment’s com­po­nents, which are ex­ten­sively dec­o­rated and are ar­ranged to achieve vis­ual har­mony. Like a min­i­mal­ist frame for a piece of art, the 18k white gold cas­ing ring is pierced to leave only 12 ra­dial spokes as hour mark­ers.

The in­ter­nal com­po­nents are hand-en­graved to pro­duce a fil­i­greed look, while a Cala­trava cross dec­o­rates the cir­cu­lar open­ing that ex­poses the main­spring bar­rel. A 22k gold mini-mo­tor is in­te­grated into the plate and en­graved with arabesques on both sides, while the plate of its sus­pen­sion sys­tem is pierced to such a de­gree that only a few curved struts re­main. The watch fea­tures the ul­tra-thin self-wind­ing cal­i­bre 240 move­ment with a power re­serve of at least 48 hours.

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