Luxurysafes blog will talk about legendary watch brand Patek Philippe and their completely new and overcoming bonderies tourbillon. Patek Philippe has revealed its latest and greatest ( Patek’s most complicated wristwatch ever). In the private salon above Patek’s downtown Geneva boutique, it was shown the Sky Moon Tourbillon Reference 6002.  While the technical differences between this Sky Moon and the original (reference 5002) are not extensive, they are there, and where this new reference shines is in its case and dial work.

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Let’s first cover the technical strengths of the 5002 and the new 6002 Sky Moon tourbillon to see where they differ.  Both features 13 complications and two dials.  They each possess a minute repeater with two cathedral gongs and a tourbillon; on the front dial, they both 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: they show the northern sky, sidereal time, and the angular progression and phases of the moon.

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But, the 6002, unlike the 5002, 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.

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But the biggest differences are physical.  Patek calls the Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 6002 “a sculpture for the wrist.”  Here’s why:

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“The case of the Ref. 6002 is a superb oeuvre carved from the massive white-gold blank entirely by hand. The eloquent ornaments, arabesque garlands, and gently curved elements of the Calatrava cross are produced with chip removal techniques using sharp burins that not only incise the precious metal but actually “lift” the decorations out of the gold surface. An involuntary movement or a brief moment of distraction would ruin the case and it would have to be re-melted. But the engraver not only molds the gold in bas-relief but also applies the chisel to sculpt life into the small surfaces between the three-dimensional structures. Thus, more than one hundred hours of work are invested until the engraving alone meets the approval of the master artisan and Patek Philippe’s President Thierry Stern. With the same precision and artistry, the engraver uses relief techniques to decorate the minute- repeater slide in the case flank, the two crowns, and the white-gold clasp that locks the strap. The ornaments of the two crowns are as informative as they are decorative: The dynamometric winding crown at 4 o’clock shows an arrow in relief to indicate the direction of rotation, while the moon and stars in relief on the crown at 2 o’clock reveal that it is intended to adjust sidereal time and the celestial functions on the rear dial.”

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Like the 5002, this Sky Moon has a caliber with 686 components at just 12.6mm thick – impressive for the level of complexity. There is no word on pricing officially, but the last known price of a Sky Moon was around $1.2 million, so assume the 6002G will be slightly higher.

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