Patek Philippe 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

The Patek Philippe 5270R Perpetual Calendar Chronograph combines two classic watch complications into a single timepiece that privileges clarity on the dial. Most Patek Philippe watches reflect the idea of a practical timepiece, but this is something of an exception because the date subdial interrupts two of the three chapter rings, the seconds scale, and…

Patek Philippe 7130 ladies’ World Time

Patek Philippe 7130 ladies’ World Time

Patek Philippe’s World Time for women is a variation of a watch that is already part of the catalogue. The new version has a white gold case 36 mm in diameter, a bezel set with 62 diamonds, and a blue-grey hand-guilloché dial, confirming the ongoing success of the blue-dial trend. The alligator strap is in…

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G Advanced Research

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G Advanced Research

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G Advanced Research shows three significant departures, and introduces some important questions. Excellent water resistance The watch is a new version of the Aquanaut Travel Time, with white gold case having a 12 atm, 120-metre water resistance rating, width including crown 45.24 mm, thickness 11 mm, a sapphire…

Patek Philippe 5170

Patek Philippe 5170

This watch was already part of the Patek Philippe range, but this year it has been introduced in a rose gold case, accompanying the existing versions in yellow and white gold. It is a hand-wound chronograph whose design is perfectly matched to its function. This makes it different to many chronograph watches in which the…

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300

This is the production version of the Grandmaster Chime 5175 that Patek Philippe presented for its 175th anniversary in 2014. That piece was a limited edition of seven pieces, six sold to collectors, and one that will one day be on show at the Patek Philippe Museum. The version presented this year is not a…

Patek Philippe Calatrava Timeless White Ref. 7122, rose gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava Timeless White Ref. 7122

This watch by Patek Philippe has all the timeless simplicity of the Calatrava case, coupled with a modern minimalism that makes it contemporary. It has a mechanical movement, manually-wound. The lugs are designed so that they extend visually across the bezel, which adds complexity to the diamond-setting. The diamonds are differently-sized as they reach the…

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396

In their communications for the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar reference 5396, the company say that it was Philippe Stern, owner and president of Patek Philippe, who in 1992 asked his engineers to develop a watch bridging the gap between the so-called “complete calendar” (also known as “full calendar” or “quantième complet”) which indicates day of…

Patek Philippe World Time watch Ref. 5230

Patek Philippe World Time watch Ref. 5230

Patek Philippe’s World Time watch 5230 has been around for almost 80 years, and this year the brand is presenting a new version that replaces all previous models. It incorporates some changes in the cities used to designate the various time zones, such as Moscow that has moved from UTC+4 to UTC+3. At the same…

Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph ref. 5930

Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph ref. 5930

With the World Time Chronograph ref. 5930, Patek Philippe presents a watch with two complications that are not usually found in the same watch: chronograph and world time. As is usual for Patek Philippe, the watch is like an iceberg: the easy-to-use simplicity of the interior hides a ferociously complex mechanism within. Most so-called GMT…

Patek Philippe

Company profile: What is it about Patek Philippe that sets it above and apart from other brands? Auction results alone show that watches by Patek Philippe have an extraordinary power to retain and increase their value. Perhaps the answer lies in one word: family. Their current advertising campaign has the slogan “You never actually own…

Patek Philippe in top five lots at Hong Kong auction

At its first Hong Kong watch auction on 1 December 2015, Phillips sold watches by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Cartier and others. The extraordinary value attained in particular by Patek Philippe as collectors’ items was shown by the fact that all top five lots were timepieces by this brand, and the top…

Which is the entry-level Patek Philippe?

With just 55,000 watches made per year, of which 45,000 mechanical and 10,000 quartz watches for women, the Patek Philippe universe is relatively small and exclusive. The brand’s reputation is demonstrated above all by its exceptional results in auction rooms: considering the ten watches attaining highest prices at auction, nine are Patek Philippe. The entry-level…

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5905P

One of the things that I admire about Patek Philippe is what they don’t do. They don’t make metiers d’art watches with paintings on the dial. They don’t make weird and strange complications. They don’t make watches with monkeys (or buffalo or dragons) on the dial. In short, they are never running after the market.…

Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph 5370

A watch with seven patents This split second chronograph, reference 5370 by Patek Philippe, is part of the brand’s tradition, because their first chronograph wristwatch presented in 1923 was a split-second model, and this complication (also known as double chronograph or rattrapante chronograph) has always been part of its range in various models. However it…

Baselworld 2015 – a pilot’s watch by Patek Philippe

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Baselworld 2015 and one that has everyone talking, because the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, reference 5524, is the first Patek Philippe pilot’s watch for quite a time, and because it naturally resembles pieces by other brands with a strong tradition in the pilot’s watch sector. “It looks…

Happy anniversary, Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe’s collection of watches made to celebrate their 175th anniversary this year includes a very complicated watch, which includes some world firsts. It is the the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, reference 5175R-001, in rose gold, Patek Philippe’s most complicated wristwatch with 1,366 components, and one of the most complex in the world, in a…

Five things you didn’t know about Patek Philippe

1. Top in auction results. How many of the ten watches attaining highest prices at auction are Patek Philippe? Nine! The top is the Henry Graves complication, which sold for $11 million in December 1999 at Sotheby’s. It is a pocket watch with 24 complications, commissioned by U.S. banker and watch collector Henry Graves: it…