At Patek Philippe’s historic headquarters on Rue du Rhône, from June 16 to 26, 2021, the manufacture will be showcasing an extensive selection of over 75 pocket watches, wristwatches, dome clocks, and table clocks from its latest rare handcrafts collection.
It is a rich spectrum of one-of-a-kind and limited-edition creations which pay tribute to astonishing crafts such as manual engraving, grand feu cloisonné enamel, miniature painting on enamel, guilloching, gemsetting, and wood micromarquetry.
For the occasion, Patek Philippe is also presenting six new watches from the current collection that are endowed with especially elaborate decorations. Here we focus on the Sky Moon Tourbillon Haut Artisanat Ref. 6002R-001, for the first time rendered in rose gold.
The Sky Moon Tourbillon was first introduced as the reference 5002, in 2001, as the maison’s most complicated wristwatch, at the time. In terms of execution the watch had all of the qualities necessary for it to be termed a Grand Complication by Patek Philippe, listing 12 complications on two dials: Hours, minutes, date and day indication, leap year indication, perpetual calendar function; the position of the moon position, its rising time; the moonphase; sidereal time, sky chart (pause for a deep breath) minute repeater and tourbillon.
In 2013, at Baselworld, Patek Philippe announced the successor to the 5002, the 6002 in white 18K white gold. The movement applied to the 6002 was, for the most part, similar to that of the 5002. 6002 possesses a minute repeater with two cathedral gongs and a tourbillon; on the front dial, it indicates standard time and features a perpetual calendar with a retrograde date and a moon-phase display. The rear dial sets the stage for astronomical functions: it shows the northern sky, sidereal time, and the angular progression and phases of the moon. The differentiating features of the 6002 vs the 5002 are that the later reference indicates the moon phases instead of the moon age and features apertures instead of hands for the day of the week, month, and leap year displays.
But, of course, the greatest point of differentiation on the 6002 is the lavish deep hand engraving performed on the case of the timepiece and the opulent combination of champlevé and cloisonné enameling on the dial. Considering the timepiece is an astonishing 44mm, the amount technical and artistic brilliance worked into the 6002 is remarkable.
For 2021, the 6002 is getting its first rendition in rose gold with a gold dial plate that has been decorated with grand feu champlevé and cloisonné brown enamel along with gold applied Roman numerals.
The warm hues created by the combination of a rose gold case with a rich brown dial, is a familiar one to the team at Revolution, basically because of the 5970 in said colors belonging to Wei Koh, founder of the Rake & Revolution. Read more about this hallowed 5970, here. The point of sharing about Wei’s watch is simply to say in short that we at Revolution think Patek Philippe’s hit one out of the park with the rose gold 6002R-001.
Tech Specs: Reference 6002R-001
Movement: Caliber R TO 27 QR SID LU CL; manual winding; minute repeater with “cathedral” gongs; tourbillon; perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand; day, month, leap year in apertures; hours and minutes of mean solar time; moon phases; sidereal time; sky chart; shases and orbit of the Moon; diameter: 38 mm; height: 12.61 mm; number of parts: 705; power reserve: min. 38 hours – max. 48 hours; frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations/hours (3 Hz); balance spring: Breguet
Dial: Grand Feu champlevé and cloisonné brown enamel, gold applied Roman numerals; 18K gold dial plate; hand-engraved rose gold leaf-shaped hands
Case: Rose gold; hand-engraved case, lugs, slide piece and crowns; diameter: 44 mm; height: 17.35 mm; humidity- and dust-protected only (not water-resistant)
Front: hour hand (mean solar time); minute hand (mean solar time); retrograde date hand; apertures: day of week; month; moon phases; leap year cycle
Back: Hour hand (sidereal time); minute hand (sidereal time); sky above Geneva; meridian; angular motion of moon and moon phases; scale for moon and sky adjustments
Two-position crown at 4 o’clock (front): Pushed in: to wind the watch; pulled out: to set the time
Two-position crown at 10 o’clock (back): Pushed in: inactive; pulled out: adjustment of the moon (clockwise); pulled out: adjustment of the sky (counterclockwise)
Strap: alligator leather with square scales, hand-stitched, chestnut patinated; hand-engraved fold-over clasp
Cufflinks: Hand-engraved outer ring and Calatrava cross decoration; rose gold; delivered with the watch