Purists have always considered Patek Philippe the pinnacle of master craftsmanship and their complicated timepieces grail watches to own for an important collection. Since the early 1940s when the reference 1526 was released, there has been a long and prestigious line of watches that elicit awe and inspiration, from the 3448 perpetual calendar wristwatch, to the iconic perpetual calendar chronographs, 1518 and 2499, as well as early minute repeating models like the reference 2419. These timepieces are mechanical works of art, which have a functional purpose, and they are a joy to look at the intricacies and quality of their movements. Released in 1993, the reference 5016 was the most modern complicated watch produced by the firm with a minute repeating, perpetual calendar, tourbillon movement, until Patek Philippe released the Sky Moon Tourbillon (5002) in 2001. Produced in yellow, white and rose gold, as well as platinum the watches featured silvered or black dials with numerals matching the case. It is believed that approximately 200 examples were manufactured until production ended in 2011.<br /><br /><br />The present example is fresh to the market from the original owner and in near new condition, complete with original certificate of origin, presentation box and additional hard case back. The dial features a rare retrograde date sector, which Patek Philippe featured on a few select references including 5050, 5059, 5159 and 5160. The minute repeating function has an exceptional tone and fullness. The reference 5016 is a wristwatch that embodies all the master qualities one expects from Patek Philippe, with a classic design and complicated movement, it is a legendary wristwatch that many adore, but few can own.
Case/Bracelet: The watch is in exceptional overall condition and remains unpolished. The case hallmarks are crisp and clean, as are the lug bevels. The watch has most likely only been worn at most a handful of times. Dial: The dial is clean and original and free of defects. Movement: The movement is running. The date changes at midnight, and all date indicators properly advance via the pushers within the case. The repeat mechanism has a clear tone and is synchronized to the time.
<a href="mailto:email@example.com">Paul Boutros</a><br> Head of Watches, Americas<br> +1 212 940 1293<br> <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>
<p>Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.</p><p>Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.</p>