This Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002P is special for a number of reasons. Other than being exceedingly rare, it is the most complex wrist watch ever made by Patek Phillipe. Look in the image gallery and you will notice that it actually has two faces. The front side is opaline white with small embossed Calatrava crosses and gold hour indicators. Complications there include a perpetual calendar, retrograde date, equation of time, time with hours and minutes, and the moon phase. Turn the watch around for a remarkable celestial view. There you have the sidereal time, a skychart showing the placement of the stars, phase and orbit of the moon, as well as a 24 hour hand.
I have to say that I prefer the celestial side of the face, but no one is really going to be wearing this watch are they? Antiquorum projects a sale price of 1-1.3 million dollars at the March 4 - 5, 2009 auction. Their estimates are typically shy, and I've seen prices go higher than estimates. We will wait and see.
Ariel Adams publishes the watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.