Not exactly our kind of style but the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Reference 6002G is definitely a sensational timepiece for both technical and artistic reasons.
The most complicated work of Patek Philippe to date, Reference 6002G adopts the manually wound Calibre 89 originally introduced in 1989 and still holding the world record as the most complicated movement for a portable mechanical watch with 33 complications. Calibre 89 was also used for Patek Philippe Reference 5002, from which the 6002G differs not only for the appearance but also because it 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.
Exploring front and back dials we find the numerous features of the 6002G: time of the day, perpetual calendar with retrograde date, moon phase, sky chart, sidereal time, phases and orbit of the moon, repetition minutes, chime with two cathedral gongs.
The tourbillon guarantees superb rate accuracy. Completely assembled and cased up, the calibre's rate fluctuates by no more than -2 to +1 seconds per day.
The 42.8 mm white gold case, whose thickness is 16 mm, is a work of engraving art which makes easy to understand why Patek Philippe will produce only three to five pieces for year of this model. In fact, Patek Philippe suggests to use the term "sculpture", rather than case and dial.
The gold dials are coated with blue enamel. On the front dial, the Roman hour numerals are applied on top of the enamel while the engraved hands harmonise with the case.
The exclusive Calibre 89, beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour, comprises 686 components and offers a power reserve of 48 hours.
Price is expected to exceed $1.2 million.
To discover all the fascinating details about Reference 6002G, we suggest the reading of Patek Philippe's press release.