Introduced in 2007, this tonneau shaped timepiece pays tribute to the historic Patek Philippe 5098 …
In 2009, the Patek Philippe brand unveiled Patek Philippe Chronometro Gondolo Ref. 5098 replica watch, a new version with an18K rose gold case and a matching dial. The warmth that it radiates played a particularly important role in the art nouveau and art deco periods.In 2007, Patek Philippe relaunched a legendary collection that had literally been in limbo for eighty years: the Chronometro Gondolo.
The movement that ticks inside the Chronometro Gondolo Ref. 5098R is as iconic in style as the superb tonneau case. It is Patek Philippe’s manually wound caliber 25-21 REC (REC for RECtangular), an exemplary study in modern horology. But it is also endowed with many of the formal details that set the Chronometro Gondolo movements of the early 20th century apart from all others. This applies especially to the S-shaped center-wheel bridge and to the slender escape-wheel and fourth-wheel cocks that afford a generous view into the depths of the movement. The Gyromax balance wheel invented by Patek Philippe has a frequency of 4 Hertz (28,800 semi-oscillations/hour) and assures the high rate accuracy of this Swiss-made Patek Philippe Chronometro Gondolo copy watch.
Both the tonneau shape and rose gold are typical for art deco watch cases. The fact that this curvature extends across the crystal and the transparent back, however, called for latest-generation precision technologies and the ability to accurately grind the extremely hard sapphire crystal to achieve a tight fit with the case. .But rarely have these two assets been so systematically and purely implemented as for the Ref. 5098. Its geometry was inspired by a Chronometro Gondolo that dates back to 1925, except that its silhouette is now gently curved to embrace the wrist.
The cambered dial of the Ref. 5098R, as authentic in style as its 1925 predecessor, is a small work of art that descends gently toward the lugs. Its silver-plated center and the surface that surrounds the railway track minute scale are artistically hand-guilloched using a now very rare artisanal technique. Between the two guilloched zones lies the brown gilt hour scale with brown painted Breguet numerals. The result is a top quality Patek Philippe watch replica that has a fascinating aura of perfection