By Roberta Naas /

When I saw the very first Patek Philippe Ref. 5303R-001 Minute Repeater Tourbillon Singapore 2019 Special Edition watch at the late fall Patek Philippe Singapore exhibition — I knew it was destined for greatness. That watch, based off of an existing movement (Caliber R To 27PS) was totally re-worked in order to showcase the minute repeater hammers and gongs on the dial side. It was a first for the venerable brand — allowing the wearer to view the hammers and gongs as they chimed the hours, quarter hours and minutes.

Patek Philippe 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon

That watch, though, was a special edition of 12 pieces only for the Singapore market. Now, Patek Philippe unveils the new 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon — a grand complication worth every penny of its on-request price. In fact, this watch is golden — meaning it is destined to go down in the watchmaking history books thanks to what it represents.

For Patek Philippe, a brand that is all about subtle beauty, having a minute repeater on the dial side was really never in the cards. Until now. For this watch, the original one of which was three years in the making due to the complexity of reworking the movement, it was high time for the brand to step out of its comfort zone and create something that would drive the collectors wild. The Ref. 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon does that.

Patek Philippe 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon

Details of the Patek Philippe Ref. 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon

While the complicated Ref. 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon is not being made in a limited edition, it is limited in production just by the sheer nature of its making. The manually wound movement, caliber R TO 27 PS consists of 356 components, including the two hammers, the gong and tourbillon escapement — whose back side of the cage can also be seen on the dial side at 6:00.

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