Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon is a wristwatch with two faces manufactured by Patek Philippe & Co. The Watch
The Sky Moon Tourbillon is said to be one of the most complicated watches ever made. It has over 694 handmade components, with each gear polished to reduce friction.
The watch has two faces, one towards the dial which shows mean solar time and a perpetual date and one on the base with a map of the night sky, the angular movement of the moon and the moon phases. This is the world’s first double faced wristwatch to display a complete presentation of the night sky on the reverse side. Production of this watch is limited to two per year.
The watch incorporates 12 horological complications including: a perpetual calendar with a retrograde date display, a minute reader, a tourbillon, the display of sidereal time and a 24 hour hand. The depiction of the night sky shows the motion of the stars, the moon’s orbit and the moon phases.
In June 2007, Antiquorum auctioned a pink gold Sky Moon Tourbillon in Geneva. It sold for $1,240,4000.
In October, 2009, a Sky Moon Tourbillon in yellow gold sold for $1.2 million at a Patrizzi & Co auction in New York.
On June 2nd 2010, Christie’s Hong Kong sold a Sky Moon Tourbillion for $1,116,562.
Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 by Antoine Norbet de Patek and Francois Czapek under the name Patek, Czapek & Co. Czapek left the partnership in 1845, around the same time that Patek met his new partner, Jean Adrien Philippe. In 1851 the company changed its name to Patek Philippe & Co.
It is believed that Patek Philippe manufactured the first ever wristwatch in 1868. Patek Philippe was also the first company to manufacture a wrist watch with a perpetual calendar.