Patek Philippe Unveils Special Edition As A Tribute to Philippe Stern
This new special edition Patek Philippe also features a unique movement
To celebrate the 85th birthday of Philippe Stern, president of the manufacture from 1993 to 2009 and current honorary president, Patek Philippe has developed a new chiming watch with minute repeater and alarm.
This 30-piece limited edition, endowed with an exclusive new movement that will never be used again, is also distinguished by its platinum Officer’s style case and its Grand Feu black enamel dial presenting a portrait of Philippe Stern in Grand Feu white and gray miniature painting on enamel
85 Years Of Passion
Moreover, to celebrate Philippe Stern’s 85th birthday, Thierry Stern (of the fourth generation of the Stern family, appointed president in 2009) decided to honor his father by creating a special edition of 30 watches, endowed with a completely new movement developed solely for this piece.
A New Technical Challenge
Taking this alarm function chiming a programmed time and integrating it into the emblematic caliber R 27 proved a formidable task. For Patek Philippe’s engineers, development of the new caliber R AL 27 PS self-winding movement meant fundamentally rethinking the minute repeater mechanism in order to accommodate the alarm.
On top of that, all these technical constraints called for the addition of 227 parts, including a lever and column wheel for selection of the chiming mode and a fusee device with a strike-work detent mechanism that temporarily disconnects the power source (the strike-work barrel drum) from the striking mechanism, a system usually reserved for grande sonnerie watches.
The tribute to Philippe Stern continues on the 18K gold dial with its portrait in Grand Feu white and gray miniature painting on enamel, on a ground of Grand Feu black enamel. A tiny picture built up in small deft touches, the fruit of one of the precious rare handcrafts that the manufacturer’s honorary president has taken such care to nurture.
Visit the Official Patek Philippe Website to find out more.