On Repeat

Patek Philippe’s Sky Moon Tourbillion, a marvel of horology

A repeater is a complication in a mechanical watch that chimes the time on demand by activating a push or a slide-piece. Different types of repeater allow the time to be heard to varying degrees of precision; from the simple quarter-repeater which merely strikes the number of hours and quarters, to the minute repeater which sounds the time down to the minute using separate tones for hours, quarter-hours and minutes.

Originating before widespread use of electricity, they allowed the time to be determined in the dark and they were also used by the visually impaired. Today minute repeaters, one of the most complex repeater mechanisms, are coveted by collectors and watch lovers alike as rare masterpieces of precision mechanical engineering.

Minute repeaters chime three different sounds; the hours are typically signaled by a low tone, the quarter-hours by a sequence

The definitive union of rare handcraftsmanship and mechanical complexity, Sky Moon Tourbillon is a new, fully decorated version of the legendary Sky Moon Tourbillon, the most complicated wristwatch ever produced by Patek Philippe. A model redesigned to be lavishly adorned, in homage to the time-honoured crafts.

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Published 4th March 2016