The biennial “Only Watch” charity watch auction, to be held in Monaco on September 28, will donate all its proceeds to research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Many watch brands donate a pièce unique for this auction and we will be showing you all these unique watches here on Monochrome. First and foremost is a pièce unique from Patek Philippe, ref. 5004T, which is the fourth known Patek in titanium!
The timepieces that Patek Philippe donates to Only Watch have always fetched the highest bids and we wouldn’t be surprised if this Patek will break another record. Not only is it the fourth Patek in titanium, ever to be made, it is also a ref. 5004 that is not in the current collection anymore, so it might be considered a last chance for collectors to buy this desirable timepiece. The ref. 5004T features a Split-Seconds Chronograph and a Perpetual Calendar.
As we already said, this appears to be the fourth known Patek Philippe in titanium! Our friend’s at Perpetuelle.com already showed two unique Patek Philippe watches in titanium (check here to see the ref. 5180T and the ref. 6000T). A third is a titanium version of the Nautilus Power Reserve ref. 5712 T, which was sold for € 525.000 Euro at the Only Watch 2007 auction. In 2009 and 2011 Patek Philippe also set record prices during the Only Watch charity auction. In 2009 the Patek Philippe Celestial Calendar ref. 5106R in rose gold fetched € 535.000 Euros. The stainless steel Tourbillon Minute Repeater ref. 3939A, fetch a record price of 1,4 million Euros, back in 2011.
Patek’s contribution to the Only Watch 2013 auction is a ref. 5004, which is one of the great classics of the Patek Philippe Grand Complications collection between 1995 and 2011. The manually wound chronograph’s movement, caliber CHR 27-70 Q, is based on a “Nouvelle Lémania” movement, produced for Patek Philippe and completely reworked in the company’s workshops. The Nouvelle Lémania movement is also used for Patek’s much coveted 5070 chronograph. Patek Philippe added a split-seconds mechanism and a perpetual calendar, making the total number of parts add up to 407.
This Only Watch 2013 special Reference 5004T is the first and only version ever produced in titanium.
Specifications: Ref. 5004T Split Second Chronograph and Perpetual Calendar
Movement: Caliber CHR 27-70 Q, manual winding, split seconds chronograph with 30-minute counter, perpetual calendar that indicates day and month in apertures, date and leap year by hands, moon phases, a 24-hour display and a small seconds indication.
Case: titanium, 36.7 mm in diameter, water resistant to 30 meters, interchangeable titanium full back and sapphire crystal case back, comes on a calf leather strap, embossed with a carbon pattern and red hand stitching, titanium prong buckle.
Dial: Solid gold dial plate, black with hand-guilloché carbon pattern, gold applied numerals, white seconds hand, red split seconds hand.