Patek Philippe 10-Day Tourbillon Watch - Now in Rose Gold

Jun 03, 2009
The Patek Philippe Ref. 5101P was first unveiled six years ago and immediately won the hearts of a whole army of passionate watch lovers. The platinum case of the watch featured the rectangular shape and accommodated an exclusive movement, with two mainspring barrels providing a 10-day power reserve, and an intricate tourbillon escapement. Now, Patek Philippe introduces an 18K rose gold version of the majestic timepiece.

The story of Patek Philippe watches with a 10-day power reserve started in 2000, when Patek Philippe introduced the 10-day Ref. 5100 and the trend for watches, offering 4-, 6-, 8-day power reserve, was born.

Three year later, Patek Philippe premiered the Ref. 5101P, already mentioned above. The timepiece boasted not only the 10-day power reserve but also a tourbillon escapement and up to this day, it is still the only wristwatch with a winding crown that boasts such a remarkable autonomy.

The new Patek Philippe Ref. 5101R accommodates a manually wound manufacture 231-part movement - the caliber 28-20/222, with two mainspring barrels for storing the energy. The first mainspring barrel is fitted with a coupling system with a slipping bridle spring, preventing the mainspring from over-tightening and the fully wound spring barrels from blocking.

The dial features a power-reserve indicator at 12 o'clock that keeps the watch’s owner aware of the residual power reserve. The 11th segment of the power reserve scale is distinctively red, as a signal that it is necessary to rewind the watch. To make the movement regain the 10-day power reserve, it is necessary to turn the crown 100 times!

The extraordinary Patek Philippe movement incorporates a tourbillon escapement that comprises 72 individual parts, weighing just 0.3 grams. The steel parts of the filigreed cage all demonstrate meticulous hand-finishing.

The elegant rectangular case of the Patek Philippe watch is performed in the art deco style. The case, sculptured in 18K rose gold, features sleek three-tiered flanks. The anatomically curved case, with convex sapphire-crystal glass and screwed sapphire-crystal case back, provides supreme comfort on the wrist. The timepiece
, reviewed by Watches.InfoNIAC.com, is 25-meter water-resistant.

The 18K gold dial, featuring dark silvery gray hue, demonstrates two bright silvery guilloche-patterned sub-dials for the seconds at 6 o'clock and the power-reserve indicator at 12 o'clock. The dial also shows the movement’s serial number and the inscriptions “Patek Philippe” and “Tourbillon”.

The dial is completed with leaf-shaped hour and minute hands and applied Breguet numerals, also performed in 18K rose gold. The sapphire-crystal case back allows to see the nicely decorated plate and bridges, the sophisticated tourbillon, and the jewels in gold chatons.

The Patek Philippe Ref. 5101R 10-Day Tourbillon watch is secured to the wrist on a hand-stitched, large-scale alligator strap fitted with a rose gold prong buckle.


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