PRICE: $185,000

PATEK PHILIPPE CLOISONNE PIECE UNIQUE REF 5077 PLATINUM

Serious Patek Philippe collectors understand that enamel dial watches are an important, if not widely known, part of the company’s history. The art of cloissone leaves no margin for error and only dedicated dial artisans even attempt the enamel dial’s highest achievement: a piece unique cloissone dial. Patek Philippe produced a set of four, piece unique cloisonné dial watches, at the 2010 Basel Watch Fair named “Native Indians of the Great Plains”.

The platinum case is 38mm in diameter with sapphire crystals in front and in the display back. The case is polished to a mirror finish and has sleek, unobtrusive lines which allow the wearer to concentrate, justifiably, on the dial.

Cloisonne is done by partitioning enamel using threads of gold only .1mm in diameter, then baking the dial numerous times to set the colors and the texture until it is perfect. The dial on this watch shows a Native Indian on horseback. It is very nice and very cool to think that in Patek’s fabled history and no doubt unparalleled future, the great Swiss manufacturer will never again make this watch.

Movement is the automatic winding Patek Philippe Caliber 240 with 22kt winding rotor, 27 jewels, 275 individual parts, with power reserve of approximately 46 hours. The caliber is engraved with the Geneva Seal, attesting to its technical and aesthetic superiority.

Strap is Patek Philippe crocodile with platinum buckle.