EXTREMELY RARE & SUPER COLLECTIBLE
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Celestial Sky Moon in Platinum44mm with Date Latest Release from Patek!!!
The latest and rarest Release from Patek Philippe….. Now in a Larger 44mm case and features a date. This is Patek Philippe’s Latest Creation which bears their own new “PP” Seal Movement which is engraved on the back.
The Patek Philippe Celestial is a very special timepiece. Introduced at the Basel Fair, the Celestial depicts the night sky as it appears over Geneva Switzerland. The astronomical display utilizes a system of rotating sapphire plates, which turn at different speeds and are layered, to reproduce the relationships of the various celestial bodies at various times. The watch also indicates moon phase. Patek Philippe reports calculating 25 trillion “ratio combinations” to arrive at the most accurate possible system for measuring the movement of the stars. I could go into the mechanics of the watch, but suffice to say that building a mechanism to animate such an amazing cosmological microcosm was a feat uniquely suited for Patek’s master watchmakers.
Case is solid Platinum with dimensions of 44mm wide by 10mm thick. The case sides are embossed with the Calatrava Cross, to very nice effect. Sapphire crystals front and back. Crown at 2 o’clock sets the time and winds the watch. The crown at 4 o’clock is for setting the astronomical display.
Dial is blue and displays the aforementioned information. There is anelliptical window which is marked with the cardinal directions for orienting the celestial display to true north. There is a roman numeral elaborated minutes and hours chapter at the dial’s edge. Skeletonized “Feuille” style hands.
– This watch now features a date: The outer ring indicates the date by hand which is shaped as a half-moon.
– This is a magnificent watch, notwithstanding the Platinum case.
– The dial appears to have taken a swath of the night sky &captured it forever on the dial.
– This is another superb example of Patek Philippe’s extraordinary skill & sense of design.
The deep blue star-scattered dial has:
– three metalized sapphire-crystal discs as well as an ellipse framing the portion of the sky visible from Geneva.
– There is a sky chart with phases and orbit of the Moon.
Patek Philippe astronomical Grand Complication, presents several functions that are exceptionally uncommon in a wristwatch. It permanently showcases the heavenly canopy over the northern hemisphere, emulating the apparent movement of the stars as well as the positions and phases of the moon in the course of a lunar cycle. This fascinating celestial ballet is choreographed by the self-winding caliber 240 LU CL C movement, which despite its complexity is only 6.26 mm high. The astronomical indications are complemented by a central date hand that points at the date scale on the outermost periphery of the sapphire-crystal.
To implement the fascinating vision of a moving nocturnal sky, Patek Philippe developed a system of superposed sapphire-crystal disks that rotate at different speeds and convey an amazing impression of depth. The background is provided by a blue sapphire-crystal disk in a wheel with 279 teeth; it tracks the orbital position of the moon. Via a planetary gear system, it also drives a wheel with a small sapphire-crystal disk that displays the moon phases in a small round aperture. A 356-tooth wheel above it rotates a transparent sapphire-crystal disk that depicts the sky chart on the front side and a representation of the Milky Way on the opposite side. The three disks, each merely two tenths of a millimeter thick, are protected by the sapphire-crystal glass, which on the inside features an elliptical contour that frames the portion of the heavens that are visible from Geneva and all other places with the same geographical latitude.