As a first big surprise at Baselworld 2016, Patek Philippe is presenting a new model in the regular collection that pairs two highly popular complications in one watch. The second première is a new model that celebrates the 20th anniversary of a genuine bestseller. The third debut graces feminine wrists, the fourth is a grand classic that was subtly reworked, and number five once again demonstrates that no complication is too challenging for Patek Philippe.
Aficionados, collectors, and connoisseurs of mechanical timepieces will be awed when the see the new Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930. It combines the Genevan manufacture’s patented World Time mechanism with a proprietary self-winding chronograph movement that comes in a round white-gold case and a dial with a blue, manually guilloched center.
The second debut is the Annual Calendar Ref. 5396 that very tastefully recalls the 20th anniversary of the patented Annual Calendar (its successful career began in Basel in 1996 with the Ref. 5035 that a few months later was voted Watch of the Year). Since then, the Annual Calendar has been crafted in 21 versions including ladies’ diamond-set models with mother-of-pearl dials, not to mention the numerous variations in platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold with eclectic dial designs. The new Ref. 5396 is model No. 22.
The blanc de blanc of feminine elegance
The new Calatrava “Timeless White” Ref. 7122 by Patek Philippe is a ladies’ wristwatch that lives up to its name in every respect. It is timelessly elegant, timelessly seductive, timelessly precious. This modern, all-white diamond-set mechanical ladies’ timepiece showcases a highly innovative design which even decades from now will retain its feminine grace when it is handed down to a granddaughter some day.
With the new Calatrava “Timeless White” Ref. 7122, Patek Philippe has succeeded once again in subtly combining traditional aspects with trailblazing innovative elements. Tradition stands out in the classic round case shape that dates back to the 1932 Calatrava concept, while innovation comes to the fore in the diamond complement and the arrangement of the strap lugs that extend across the bezel to the edge of the glass. On the left- and right-hand sides, the bezel tapers into points, which calls for flawless diamonds of various sizes to assure a setting all the way into the transition zones. This makes it all the more difficult to select the 44 rare white brilliant-cut diamonds totaling approx. 0.52 ct. (here again, “Timeless White”) that transform this watch into an eternally precious treasure.
The purest definition of a Patek Philippe
A watch that represents the greatness of Patek Philippe. Its elegance is delivered because it is extremely restrained. The 5170, while not new, is now available in rose-gold, with either a white dial, with rose-gold applied Breguet numerals (which we saw last year) or a black dial with rose-gold applied Breguet numerals. This combination certainly takes things up a notch.
The 18-carat rose-gold case of the 5170R measures 39.4 mm and its sleek shape follows the traditional Patek Calatrava design. The lugs extend from the case band with a slight curve that aids comfort. The chronograph is operated with rectangular shaped pushers at 2 an
d 4 o’clock, which has been a typical attribute of Patek Philippe wrist chronographs for many decades.
Like all previous iterations of the 5170, it uses Patek’s in-house manually wound chronograph movement the calibre CH 29-535 PS, which is considered to be one of the finest traditional chronograph movements in the world today.
Aquanaut (Ref: 5164R)
Distinctively travel time
The Aquanaut by Patek Philippe features a distinctive appearance matched by a wide variety of functions in various models.
The Reference 5164 Aquanaut Travel Time by Patek Philippe indicates the time in two different time zones at a single glance. This makes it an ideal companion for people who are often on the move, be it for business or pleasure. The ingenious and exclusive mechanism, based on a Patek Philippe patent granted in 1959, premiered in 1997; its fascination derives from the fact that it is extremely simple to operate and eminently legible.
The watch has two differently designed center hour hands: the solid hand shows local time and the skeletonized hand indicates home time at the owner’s principal place of residence or work. En route, all it takes to adjust local time hour by hour clockwise or counterclockwise is gentle pressure on either of the two buttons in the side of the case. When such adjustments are made, the local time hand is disconnected from the movement, so the accuracy of time displayed by the minute and seconds hands is not compromised.
In 2016, the brand offers a new interpretation of the Travel Time version, clothed in pink gold framing a chocolate brown dial and fitted as usual with a rubber strap.
Two complications, perfectly combined
Aficionados, collectors, and connoisseurs of mechanical timepieces were awed by the sight of the new Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930. It combines the Genevan manufacture’s patented World Time mechanism with a proprietary self-winding chronograph movement that comes in a round white-gold case and a dial with a blue, manually guilloched center.
Patek Philippe has combined two complications, the world time and chronograph into one elegant looking timepiece. Introducing the Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930G.
Patek Philippe have used a lovely shade of blue for the city disc and the centre part of the dial which has been guilloched by hand. The watch has a 39.5mm case made from 18k white gold. The world time complication allows the wearer to track the timezone of multiple cities around the world at a glance. The wearer can use the pusher located at the 10 o ‘clock position to adjust the time of the cities by a 1 hour increment, allowing for a quick time zone adjustment.
To match the shade of the dial, the Ref 5930G comes on a hand-stitched matt navy blue alligator strap. An 18K white-gold Calatrava fold-over clasp keeps the watch comfortably secured to the wrist.
This Patek Philippe platinum men’s grand complication timepiece is the brand’s most complicated wristwatch ever. The watch case is a superbly designed, and is carved out of 18K white gold entirely by hand. This mechanical manually wound watch includes masterpiece engineering with complex features like minute repeater and tourbillon escapement.
The 6002 truly combines the best of all artistic worlds: housed in an elaborate 18-karat white gold case, it can be fittingly said that it resembles a sculpture rather than an engraved case. Despite the amount of complication housed within, it also remains wearable at 42.8 mm in diameter and 16.25 mm in height
The watch is complimented further by its enameled gold dial, gold applied numerals and champlevé railway-track scale. The dial center is cloisonné enamel and it has shiny navy blue alligator strap. The dial features sidereal time, sky chart, phases and orbit of the moon. The case, crowns, slide piece and lugs are entirely hand engraved.
Its solid gold dial has been coated with enamel in champlevé and cloisonné techniques to create artistic functional elements.
The Patek Philippe 5160/500G-001 was introduced at BaselWorld 2016. Like its earlier sibling, the 5160R-001, this watch features an elaborately engraved case – though this time in white gold. It is powered by the self-winding caliber 324 S QR.