Patek Philippe is a watchmaker known for delivering the finest quality in high-end luxury watches. With a long history of innovation and precision Swiss watchmaking, Patek Philippe has produced some of the finest and most complicated examples of brilliance in horology through its tourbillon style timepieces. Here are the 10 best Patek Philippe tourbillons of all-time.
10. Patek Philippe Observatory Tourbillon Pocket Watch No. 198’312
The 198’312 is a rare collectible that was sold at a 2009 auction by Patrizzi & Co for the price of $344,349.86 in USD. It has recently been advertised in a pending auction in Hong Kong later in November of 2020. The Observatory Tourbillon is a pocket watch that features a 47.5 mm case in 18k yellow gold. The design was masterminded by Goly, Modoux, Andre Zibach, and Henri Wehrli. The subdial features the movement number 198’312 painted in enamel. This example is one of ten known to exist in the world.
9. Patek Philippe Ref 5303 Minute Repeater Tourbillon in rose gold
This is one of the newer releases in a modification of the 2019 Minute Repeater Tourbillon. The watch features an 18k rose gold case that measures 42 mm in width. It is accented with white gold inlays in a foliage motive delivering an engraved leaf aesthetic. There is no conventional dial as the open-worked architecture serves the purpose of displaying the intricate workings of the movement beneath. This watch is powered with a caliber R TO 27 PS in-house movement with an incorporated tourbillon with the cage visible in the exhibition back. The going price for this example is $263,093
8. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 6002G
The Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 6002G is a magnificent tourbillon with 12 complications. The designers created two dials to show off all of the functions with some displayed on the front, and others on the back. The case is made of 18k white gold with artistic sculpture work. The width of the case is 42.8 mm and the depth is 16.26. It’s chunky but the height is necessary to enclose all of the mechanical inner workings. The dial is made of solid gold with blue enamel champleve and cloisonne artistry. The current retail price of the Ref 6002G is $1.2 million.
7. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002
The Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 5002 was released in 2000. It is one of the most beloved within the Patek Philippe tourbillon collection of rarities. Ref 5002 features a case made of 18k white gold, measuring 42.8 mm in width. This was the first wristwatch from the brand to feature a double face to show off all the functions. There are 686 parts in the movement alone. It’s powered with a caliber R TO 27 QR SID Lu CL movement with minute repeater and tourbillon escapement. On the front is the perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand, hours, and minutes of mean solar time, Moon age, day, month, and leap year by hand. On the backside are the sky chart, phase and orbit of the moon, sidereal time, and correction of sky/moon indications.
6. Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar Ref 5207G
Although not portrayed in its official name this also is a tourbillon. The Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar is another rarity from Patek Philippe. The current value in a pristine model is around $880,000. It features a white gold case that measures 41 mm in width with a matching white gold bezel. The dial is blue with the tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock and the date displayed in three windows at 11, 12, and 1 o’clock.
5. Patek Philippe Gondolo Tourbillon Ref 5101P
The Reference 5101P is a rare beauty featuring a salmon-colored dial. The numerals are applied gold that has been oxidized to the color black in Breguet styling with black oxidized Feuille hands. The rectangular-shaped case is made of platinum in an Art Deco styling. It features a tourbillon complication and a power reserve of 10 days. The movement is a Patek-Philippe 28-20-220 with the tourbillon added.
4. Patek Philippe Reference 5101R 10 Days Tourbillon
The 5101R 10 Days Tourbillon is referred to as the missing tourbillon. This particular example in a rose gold case has a value of $300,000. The case is 18k rose gold measuring 51.7 mm x 29 mm. The tourbillon is at 6 o’clock. The timepiece is powered by a hand-wound caliber 28-20-222 mechanical tourbillon movement with a power reserve of 10 days.
3. Patek Philippe Tourbillon Reference AJF
This model is one of the more affordable tourbillons made by Patek Philippe. The use of a 316L stainless steel case helps to bring down the cost to under $1,000. The case measures 42 mm in width and 14 mm in depth. The movement is an Asia tourbillon hand-wound automatic type. The dial is white with contrasting Roman-style markers with hours, minutes, seconds, date, and tourbillon functions.
2. Patek Philippe Platinum Minute Repeating Tourbillon Watch Reference 3939
The reference 3939HP-001 is a part of the Grand Complication collection. This watch emerged in 2000. The case is platinum in a width of 34mm. The dial is white enamel with Breguet indexes. It operates with a manual winding movement. This beauty has a value of $375,000.
1. Patek Philippe Tourbillon Minute Repeater Reference 5078P
The Reference 5078P features a platinum case that measures 38 mm in width and 10.6 mm in depth. The case back is a sapphire crystal with a snap-in platinum case back with hallmarking. The fixed bezel is also platinum. The dial is white enamel with a sapphire crystal covering. This watch is powered by a Patek Philippe Caliber R 27 PS that beats at 21,600 vph with 39 jewels, a gyromax balance wheel, and a total of 342 moving parts. The functions include hours minutes, small seconds, tourbillon, and minute repeater. The original price of this timepiece was a remarkable $1,411,800.