Essay: 5100: To celebrate the manufacture’s entry into the third millennium, Patek Philippe released several new references to commemorate the dawn of a new age, including the present reference 5100. Other limited edition releases included the time-only reference 5032 and the Star Caliber 2000, a double-sided pocket watch with 21 total complications.
Often watch brands draw on the past to remake the future, but few do so with quite the finesse and excellence of Patek Philippe. Brand values commited to precision, quality, and outstanding craftsmanship have gone a long way in making Patek Philippe watches some of the most coveted, and the reference 5100 is a standout example of how a historic model positively influenced the design of a contemporary release. The reference 2554, of which very few were produced, was in production from 1952 until the late 1960s and is commonly referred to as the "Manta Ray" due to its dramatically flared sides resembling the large pectoral fins of the gentle oceanic creature. The 5100 case design echoes the 2554, upgraded to a larger size with a more architectural case construction.
The reference 5100 is a manually wound, time-only piece with a ten-day power reserve. In the year 2000, this was a remarkable achievement, as the typical power reserve for most watches is about 36 to 48 hours. The four beautifully decorated bridges of the movement are visible through the sapphire crystal, which is furthermore chronometer certified.
After all the pieces were made – a strictly limited series in yellow gold, pink gold, white gold, and platinum - the tools to make the reference 5100’s case were destroyed, so that the watch can never be exactly recreated - making it a truly a limited edition. Presented with all of its original boxes, papers, and accessories, preserved in nearly flawless condition, this beautiful reference 5100 is a rare, fresh to the market celebration of a new beginning based on timeless design cues of the past.
The watch comes with its original certificate of origin, wallet, all Literature, papers and Presentation Coin, and box. Further, a 2 year movement warranty.
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