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In the world of haute horology there is special, extra special and then there is a mould breaking watch like the new Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 6002G. This new masterpiece from Patek Philippe combines a grand complication with a case and dial that require the utmost in craftsmanship and artistry. In short, this watch is one of the most complicated ever made.

With a minute repeater with two cathedral gongs and a tourbillon, on the front dial, they indicate standard time and feature a perpetual calendar with a retrograde date and a moonphase display. The rear dials set the stage for astronomical functions: showing the northern sky, sidereal time, and the angular progression and phases of the moon.

On the reverse, the stars are displayed over the course of a sidereal day, as well as having an hour and minute hand showing sidereal time, in contrast to the mean solar time shown on the front of the watch.

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The new Sky Moon Tourbillon 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.

The dial of this new Sky Moon Tourbillon is enamel, with the centre in cloisonné, decorated with an Arabesque decoration, while the outer ring is deep blue champlevé enamel.

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The most dramatic new aspects of the watch, however, are its stunning and lavishly decorated, richly engraved case and highly complex grand feu enamel dial. Price will only be upon application because Patek Philippe estimates no more than 2-3 of these magnificent watches per year will be made.

Specifications

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REFERENCE:
6002G

MOVEMENT:
Manually wound mechanical movement
Minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar
Caliber RTO 27 QR SID LU CL
With aperture displays and retrograde date, moon phases, sidereal time, angular
Progression of the moon
Balance Gyromax®
With 686 Components

TOURBILLON:
1 revolution per minute
With 69 Components
With o,3 gr overall weight
Steel cage, tourbillon, balance wheel, and fourth wheel on one axis
Balance spring Breguet
Balance spring stud Adjustable
Patek Philippe Seal, rate accuracy certificate for Patek Philippe tourbillon watches

SIZE:
Overall diameter: 38 mm
Height: 12.61 mm

VIBRATIONS:
21,600 vph 3 (Hz)

JEWELS:
55 Jewels

POWER RESERVE:
48 hours

FUNCTIONS:
Minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, solar time, sideral time

CASE:
18K white gold with reliefed engraving

CROWNS:
At 4:00 o'clock to wind the movement and set the hands for mean solar time, hand-engraved
At 2:00 o'clock to adjust the sky chart, sidereal time, angular position of the moon, and the moon phase, hand-engraved
Slide in the case flank to actuate the minute repeater

HANDS:
Hours and minutes: leaf-shaped hands in white gold, hand-engraved

SIZE:
Measuring 42,80mm in diameter

DIAL:

FRONT SIDE DIAL:
Gold dial with blue enamel in champlevé and cloisonné
Railway-track minute scale integrated in the blue champlevé enamel
Applied Roman numerals in white gold
Date numerals and markers, signature lettering, and movement number painted bright gray

Mean solar time in hours and minutes, perpetual calendar with retrograde date, day of week, month, leap year cycle, and moon phases

CASE BACK SKY CHART:
Four metallized sapphire-crystal disks
Hours and minutes of sidereal time white counterbalanced baton hands

Sidereal time in hours and minutes, time of meridian passage of Sirius and of the moon, angular progression of the moon, and moon phases

MINUTE REPEATER:
Hour, quarter-hour, and minute strikes on two "cathedral" gongs

Correction push pieces (in the case flank):
Date and day between 11:00 and 12:00 o'clock
Month between 3:00 and 4:00 o’clock
Moon phase between 5:00 and 6:00 o'clock
Day of week between 6:00 and 7:00 o’clock

GLASS:
Sapphire-crystal glass front and rear

STRAP:
Hand-stitched shiny blue alligator with large square scales and handengraved fold-over clasp in 18K white gold

Live image courtesy of Jack Forster of REVOLUTION The World's Ultimate Watch Lifestyle Magazine | The World's Ultimate Watch Lifestyle Magazine

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Breathtaking work on the case and hands, the enamel dial isn't too shabby either :-d

Not the kind of watch that I'd expect from Patek Philippe, but with the combination of mechanical complexity and its handcrafted nature, truly the "ad astra" (pun unintended) of traditional Swiss watchmaking.
 

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It's the movement that is suposed to be complicated, not the case.
That is the type of design you see on ebay when some one tried to hard to make a watch look expensive.
 
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