Some thoughts on the Patek Philippe 5105P.

Sep 03, 2022,16:24 PM

This watch was issued in a limited edition of 100 pieces, in 2006 to celebrate the opening of the Patek Philippe Salon in Geneva. 

It is one of these wonderful rectangular cases from Patek, along with the 5100 and the 5500 ( also called Pagoda ). Deliciously cambered, the platinum case is something to see in real life to fully appreciate it. 

The proportions are perfect in my opinion, for a watch of this kind: 54 mm long, 25 mm large. 

The other spectacular detail is the shape of the sapphire glass, with matches with the case, cambered, then. It is a bit high, and generates some distortion, which pleases me a lot. 

In comparison, the dial is very sober and classic, with its Roman XII and its small seconds. Typically Art Deco! 

Turn the case, and you will have a nice last surprise: The movement. The Cal 9.90 has been conserved for many decades ( end 50's? ) in the drawers of the brand, before being used in this watch. 

The packaging was special, very à propos to celebrate such an event. Credit picture: Sothebys. 

Curiously, it didn't receive an hysterical welcome when it was unveiled. The Steel Calatrava 5565 was more the taste of the collectors, at that time, which was also made for the same event. 

Maybe because it is a rectangular watch? Maybe because of its thick sapphire glass? I don't know... 

But I find it quite delicious. 



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Hi Nicolas, This piece is special !

 By: GLau : September 3rd, 2022-16:43
It is not main stream because of the shaped case, but a great reference nonetheless !

It's a real beauty!

 By: whatmakesmetick (andrea) : September 3rd, 2022-16:45
Patek should do more rectangular pieces like this one

What I think, too.

 By: amanico : September 3rd, 2022-16:46

Yes this piece

 By: Cookies : September 3rd, 2022-16:45
It is on Wristscan this week! Beautiful piece!

Thank you, Cookies.

 By: amanico : September 3rd, 2022-16:46

Gorgeous Art Deco Patek.

 By: InHavenPro : September 3rd, 2022-18:05
These 'oddities' from PP tend to please me much more than their 'mainstream' offerings........ Thanks for the excellent pictures! Cheers, Filip

Hello dear friend!

 By: renerod : September 3rd, 2022-18:10
I find this type of "tank" watches very classy! And you can dress them down with textured straps (tan, taupe, for example) which makes them look über-cool! Thanks for sharing! René

The 5100 movement is really beautiful...

 By: mdg : September 3rd, 2022-23:52
...I knew a guy once who had one but never got the chance to try it on : (

So galère means 'Boat'...

 By: mdg : September 4th, 2022-18:49
...on more French word for me : )


 By: amanico : September 4th, 2022-20:35

you've captured this timepiece very well...

 By: mahesh : September 3rd, 2022-18:53
when I saw this timepiece in metal - more than the case design, I fell in love with the sapphire crystal and the movement ! the movement finish is stunning, probably the best I've seen in any Patek. Best, mahesh., ...  

I liked it a lot but someone was faster ;-)

 By: mahesh : September 4th, 2022-07:48
also I think it is a challenge for most PPs to get it at right price - isn't it?

This watch is spectacular

 By: blau : September 3rd, 2022-18:53
Looking at it is making me waver in my commitment to getting a 5100 some day! Maybe I should be hunting this instead

quite nice...

 By: j.jota : September 3rd, 2022-19:25
I suspect the 3-dimensional sculpting of the case and crystal (which are very evident when looking at the various side profiles of the watch) gave some customers second thoughts. I personally really like this watch, although definitely out of my $ range :... 

The 5565 is definitely more popular.

 By: patrick_y : September 3rd, 2022-19:29
But you know me... I like Art Deco style, and this one pushes my buttons! By the way, that movement is so nice! So much nicer than anything Patek Philippe makes nowadays for a "standard" watch.

It would be nice if they reinvigorated the Gondolo line...

 By: mdg : September 3rd, 2022-20:58
...with a new shaped movement...not just the 25-21.

Agreed. But until then, I'll live with my Reverso.

 By: patrick_y : September 3rd, 2022-21:20
At least I've got one Reverso. I like it. It might not have a movement with great finishing, but it works pretty well overall!

+1 again. ;)

 By: amanico : September 4th, 2022-08:11


 By: amanico : September 4th, 2022-08:11

Oh you devil you You know what makes me tick

 By: : September 3rd, 2022-22:09
A great article I put this watch in the same category is the 5235g J

Seriously? Why?

 By: amanico : September 4th, 2022-09:05

Both for seasoned collectors

 By: : September 4th, 2022-09:33
Not much love from the general crowd out there

Aaah, yes, I see.

 By: amanico : September 4th, 2022-09:36

My pleasure, Orahu.

 By: amanico : September 4th, 2022-09:05

The movement is terrific, but the design of the case and crystal is not for me.

 By: vitalsigns : September 4th, 2022-02:40
For another exercise, compare the exceptional bridge layout of the 5105 with the cal. 30-255 in the new Calatrava 6119. We have really lost the beauty of movement architecture from vintage pieces.

5105 is the only modern Patek I've ever lusted after, Nicolas, and . . .

 By: Dr No : September 5th, 2022-05:33
. . . still do, but acquiring one would only be possible under a unique set of circumstances. The list price in '06 was ~ $35K, if memory serves correct, and has migrated north ever since. Unlikely, but as they say, life is full of surprises. Art

Simply Timeless and Elegant

 By: Billfav : September 6th, 2022-18:50
That truly is a special timepiece. Fantastic photos too. Thank you for sharing this work of art.

My pleasure, Bill.

 By: amanico : September 6th, 2022-22:32

lovely piece

 By: keks : September 13th, 2022-19:01
far more interesting to me than the 5565, and i like the 5565 quite a bit from what i have seen on photos.... would be lovely to one day handle either, or both for that matter!