Patek Philippe expands its Ref. 5078 minute repeater family by presenting a new white gold version featuring a black enamel dial.
For its debut in 2005, the self-winding minute repeater Ref. 5078 sported a dial adorned with Roman numerals, followed up, in 2017, by Breguet numerals on a cream enameled ground. This year, it presents a new face: a white-gold version framing a black enameled dial.
The 18K gold dial, fashioned with meticulous care by one of the manufacture’s master craftsmen, features a unique decor of scrolling arabesques, whose subtle contrasts of matt and polished surfaces create a play of light. Further refinements include the lozenge-shaped applied hour markers in white gold with their two facets, and the slender leaf-shaped hands, also in white gold. A small seconds hand turns discreetly on its subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock.
Within this masterpiece of beauty and finesse beats a caliber R 27 PS self-winding movement of 342 parts, with a finely decorated mini-rotor in 22K gold. The striking mechanism for the minute repeater has two classic gongs. Activated by the slide piece into the left flank of the case, the watch strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on demand with the legendary sonority of the Patek Philippe minute repeaters – each of which is tested individually by the president of the manufacture.
The new Ref. 5078G-010 in white gold comes with two interchangeable case backs, one in sapphire crystal, the other in solid white gold.
It is worn on a shiny-black hand-stitched alligator strap with large square scales and a fold-over clasp. This model joins the existing Ref. 5078G-001 in white gold with a cream enameled dial and applied Breguet numerals.
Diameter: 38 mm
Height: 10.18 mm
Humidity- and dust-protected only (not water-resistant)
Interchangeable solid and sapphire crystal case backs
Black enamel with matte and shiny finishes, gold applied hour markers
18K gold dial plate
White gold leaf-shaped hands
Caliber R 27 PS
Minute repeater with classic gongs
Diameter: 28 mm
Height: 5.05 mm
Number of parts: 342
Winding rotor: oﬀ-center minirotor in 22K gold
Frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations/hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 43 hours – max. 48 hours
Subsidiary dial: Small seconds
Alligator leather with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny black
5078P-001(2005): Discontinued in 2017
5078P-010 (2008): Discontinued in 2017
5078R-001 (2014): Discontinued in 2017