Patek Philippe

Gondolo

Ref: 
5098R
 | Year: 
2014
£ 14,000 GBP
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About this watch

A rare and sought after modern gentleman's Patek Philippe 5098R-001 Gondolo dress watch in solid 18k Rose Gold
Featuring a stunning Guilloche Rhodium dial with concentric sunburst braided pattern a fine example of the workmanship of the Patek artisan watchmakers. Overlaid with gloss black arabic numerals on rose gold.
The attractive Rose Gold case is in great condition, small signs of scratching and wear, the nice original lines and finish have been retained as the watch remains unpolished
Well serviced and keeping good time. The calibre 25-21 REC 18 jewel mechanical movement is finished to the highest of standards as is to be expected of Patek Philippe. The fine chamfered edges of the lovely movement can be seen through the window case back
Original Patek Philippe crocodile/alligator bracelet with original 18k rose gold buckle
A complete set, this piece comes with the Patek Philippe gloss wood and white leather finish inner box, soft touch velvet/suede style inner bag to protect the box, outer box, Certificate of Origin papers, a Patek headed letter from Thierry Stern thanking the buyer for purchasing the piece, Patek Philippe register booklet, manual wind movements booklet, original copy of the sales receipt, Patek envelopes and Patek Philippe brown leather document holder. Originally purchased on the 16th January 2014, with payment receipts sent through on the 24th January 2014.
Measuring a width of 32mm excluding the crown and a length of 47mm lug to lug, this Gondolo fits nicely on the modern wrist

About the 
Gondolo
 MODEL

The Gondolo line from Patek Philippe has come to define some of the finest examples of tonneau, tank and cushion shaped watches made by any house. However the term Gondola is often confused with describing the shape of these watches, few realise that the term actually refers to a Brazilian retailer and watch club.

In 1872 Patek sold the first watch to the Brazilian retailer Gondolo & Labouriau to supply exclusive members of their match collecting club, the Gondolo gang, collectors of the very finest of timepieces. Over the coming years the retailer was so successful that they sold almost a third of Patek Philippe’s entire production of watches.

The Gondolo gang were known for the large straw ‘Patek’ branded hats their members sported but more so their outlandish celebrations and events and most importantly their shared love of the finest examples of watchmaking. To be a member was to be considered one of the highest social achievements in Brazilian society of the time. Being rather discerning individuals and lovers of horology, they demanded and expected the very highest quality of watches and as such many of the pieces created by Patek that are associated with the ‘gang’ were of the most impressive of standards. Whilst the club no longer survives, the Gondolo premise of watchmaking lives on in the Gondolo line of Patek’s portfolio.

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