Michael Ng and yours truly on a (virtual) GTG in Boccadasse -- spot the 100 differences! :-)

Jan 02, 2021,08:47 AM

Dear Friends,

let me kick off the new year on our forum by having some fun -- here's for you a collage that I have created of my favorite watch on this planet, Patek "Boccadasse" 5177G-010...and the ONLY TWO specimens I have ever seen of it! smile

The one on the left is part of the amazing collection of our dear member Michael Ng, on the right is mine. 

We saw in the past multiple comparisons of Patek enamel WTs (the 5131 and 5231 series), but this is probably a first for an "out-of-catalog" reference (currently, the 5077, 5089, 5177, or 5086). Given the level of detail of these hand-made dials and the several techniques involved, it's literally amazing how many tiny differences one can find!

Hope you enjoyed -- and that staring at these dials long enough can make you as happy as I am! smile

Remember that this is NOT a unique piece. Besides Michael and myself, at least 2 to 4 other allocations have been made and are currently in private collections around the world. Hence, let me also invite to the party any other owner of this reference who might be reading our forum: if at any point you feel comfortable introducing your watch to our community, please feel free to join us -- we very much look forward to hearing from you! smile


Michael Ng's "Boccadasse" on the left, mine on the right.

Some of the documents that come with the watch; in particular, this page is listing the rare handcraft techniques that we can see on the dial.

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Spectacular your Patek "Boccadasse" 5177G-010.

 By: Bill : January 2nd, 2021-08:53
I would say the waves are the most obvious to me in this picture. Have a great weekend. Ps in different light i dont see your waves from your old pictures.

Thanks a lot Bill -- even in person the sea waves are indeed one of the most spectacular parts! The technique there is "grand feu", whose effects are quite stunning :-)

 By: FabR : January 2nd, 2021-09:29
I used the first picture below in the collage for Michael Ng's dial (on the left), while from the next picture (also from him) the waves are definitely more visible. Another impressive feature of these dials is indeed how they totally change depending on ...  

Fun game and lovely comparison !

 By: GLau : January 2nd, 2021-09:03
If each wave is considered a little bit different, then I just found more than 100 !

Great to see this comparison and the small differences between versions!

 By: jleno : January 2nd, 2021-09:29
And I love the waves under the flinque enamel!


 By: jleno : January 2nd, 2021-09:38
I originally thought the dial was entirely cloisonne enamel, very impressive that multiple techniques are used!


 By: FabR : January 2nd, 2021-11:41

Yep, Boccadasse is a wonderful, tiny neighborhood of my hometown of Genova, located right on the sea. I just found out it even has its own English wikipedia page:

 By: FabR : January 12th, 2021-06:25
This is precisely where you can find me three to four nights a week, May through August of every (non-pandemic) year...the location is amazing for a night out chatting with friends, plus they make the very best Negroski! ;-)) Next time you come to the are...  


 By: aperna : January 12th, 2021-06:27


 By: FabR : January 12th, 2021-06:28

Such a spectacular piece of art! Both units are amazing yet by looking at it we can spot several differences which make each one unique!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : January 2nd, 2021-15:39
I must admit in general I am not drawn to these types of watches but this one is something else! This is true art merged with horology- quite special

Two incredible miniature works of art. From my point of view as much as I love 5131/5231, the hand painted enamel watches you post are masterpieces at a

 By: patekova : January 2nd, 2021-18:28
significantly higher level of artistry. Just amazing. Yes, there are delightful differences between the two scenes for sure. These differences only add to the allure of each individual watch. Hopefully some day ....

Thank you for the compliment! And yes, maybe one day .... On a separate note, it is very interesting to me how Patek miniature enamels

 By: patekova : January 3rd, 2021-06:31
have gone from overlooked to highly coveted. It wasn’t all that long ago when a Suzanne Rohr pocket watch might sell at auction for $25K and now after fierce bidding they sell for hundreds of thousands of $ (as they should). And to have even a glimmer of ... 

Water waves...

 By: patrick_y : January 2nd, 2021-20:40
I didn't notice much else, but the water waves and gradient on the rocks/buildings/hill/clouds seem to be higher contrast on the version on the right.

Now you are pulling my leg lol

 By: Horology75 : January 3rd, 2021-07:28