Quick Take

Nobody goes big quite like Patek Philippe. The reference 5078 minute repeater has been around for years, but it has never been executed quite like this. The already impressive minute repeater has always utilized the caliber R 27 PS, which is expertly finished and wound automatically with a relatively hefty micro-rotor. That's no different here, but up front you get an absolutely over-the-top incredible black enamel dial with tonal arabesque patterns and applied white gold markers paired with the white gold case. It's a pretty safe bet that these early press photos don't do this watch justice at all, since other Patek watches with black enamel dials (like the incredible 5370P) are straight stunners in person. Stay tuned for tons of photos of this no-questions-asked mega watch.
Initial Thoughts

There is something so undeniably awesome about a time-only minute repeater in a conservative size. It's a watch that says "I'm a boss and I'd honestly rather you not know it." What's cooler than that? The 5078 in particular is a repeater I've always loved, since it ups the ante with its oversized micro-rotor winding system (it's...dare I say it...a practical minute repeater) and has a bit of extra panache in all of its various incarnations. This latest 5078G is up against some stiff competition, including the previous iteration of the reference, which has a creme colored dial and applied Breguet numerals. I think this black enamel version might be a tad ornate for me personally, but there's no arguing against this being close to as superlative a three-hand watch as human hands can make.
If you want to hear what a ref. 5078G sounds like, watch this video we posted to Instagram back in October 2017. It's really something. And, for even more Patek Philippe minute repeater madness, check out this story and video we put together showing off Patek's entire line-up of chiming watches, all in the same place at the same time.
The Basics

Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Minute Repeater
Reference Number: 5078G
Diameter: 38mm
Thickness: 10.18mm
Case Material: White gold
Dial Color: Black enamel with arabesque pattern
Indexes: Applied white gold hour markers
Lume: None
Water Resistance: Dust and humidity protected, not water resistant
Strap/Bracelet: Black alligator strap with white gold folding clasp
The Movement

Caliber: R 27 PS
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, minute repeater
Diameter: 28mm
Thickness: 5.05mm
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Winding: Automatic, with 22k gold off-center micro-rotor
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Jewels: 39
Total Components: 342
Patek Philippe Seal
Additional Details: Spiromax balance spring and Gyromax balance
Pricing & Availability

Price: Upon request
Availability: On application
Limited Edition: Limited production
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