Got a thing for Patek Philippe? We’ve got good news for you. Or bad news—for your wallet that is. 2019 is a year of risk taking at the Genevan manufacture, where some highly unusual models have been introduced.
From: Esquire SG
Baselworld 2019 highlights from Patek Philippe run the gamut from amazing complications to breath-taking sports models.
The Ref. 5520P-001 Grand Complication for instance takes Patek Philippe’s exclusive Travel Time mechanism and adds a 24-hour gong hammer-and-gong alarm. Having four pushers around the case may be a little out of character for Patek Philippe but honestly ever since the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524, all bets are well and truly off.
Ref. 5520P-001 Grand Complication
Another beautiful stranger is the Calatrava Weekly Calendar Ref. 5212A. This marks the first time that Patek Philippe has made a watch with the weekly calendar, which joins the manufacture’s outstanding assortment of annual and perpetual calendars. Being one of the few stainless steel complications at Patek Philippe, we’re hardly going out on a limb when we say everyone and their mother is already on the waiting list for this gorgeous number.
Calatrava Weekly Calendar Ref. 5212A
The Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300G is the most complicated wristwatch in Patek Philippe’s current assortment. But even such a horological heavyweight as this timepiece couldn’t resist a makeover in blue—the industry’s longest running colour trend. Likewise, the Minute Repeater Ref. 5078G underwent a minor facelift, re-emerging with a new dial in black enamel decorated by scrolls and arabesques.
It also has a second time zone with day/night indication.
Fans of Patek Philippe world timers will be pleased to see the return of the World Timer with cloisonné enamel in Ref. 5231J-001. Offers a dial centre decorated with a cloisonné enamel planisphere representing Europe, Africa and the Americas, this watch also reprises the classic circular ring hour hand instead of the more contemporary dagger-shaped.
Other classics that have been refreshed include the Regulator Ref. 5235/50R-001 with its rose gold case and two-tone graphite-black dial, the Chronograph Ref. 5172G now dressed in blue, and the Annual Calendar Ref. 5905R in rose gold with a brown sunburst degradé dial.
Last year was a big one for the Aquanaut—remember the white gold Aquanaut Jumbo in blue? Well, this year Patek Philippe followed up with another white gold Aquanaut Jumbo but in a matte finished khaki green. Ref. 5168G-010 takes some getting used to, but hey wouldn’t it look awesome next to your all green Rolex Submariner Hulk? Just saying.
Ref. 5168G-010 in white gold with khaki green dial and rubber strap
And finally we arrive at the Nautilus Annual Calendar Ref. 5726/1A-014. Holy smokes, a stainless steel Nautilus with one of Patek Philippe’s most emblematic complications? That just says it all. And wouldn’t you look at that gorgeous blue to black gradated dial? Ladies and gentlemen, this is perfection in a wristwatch.
Now Patek Philippe just has to work perpetually overtime to fulfil the tidal wave of orders. Indeed, scoring this ultra collectible beauty requires more than just a big bank account. Now off you go to the nearest Patek Philippe authorised dealer, and may the odds be ever in your favour.
Nautilus Annual Calendar Ref. 5726/1A-014