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Baselworld 2018: Five Superb New Timepieces From Patek Philippe

Geneva’s most coveted, family-owned Swiss watch manufacturer, Patek Philippe, unveiled a number of exceptional new pieces at Baselworld this year, each a miniature masterpiece in its own right. We’ve put together a selection of five of our favourite new additions – all of which we think merit consideration by serious collectors. All five bear the Patek Philippe Seal, the hallmark that denotes to the quality of each timepiece in its entirety and covers services for the lifetime of the wristwatch.

PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5270P Grand Complications Platinum 41mm Golden Opaline Dial Men’s Watch

Patek Philippe grand complications platinum 41mm golden opaline dial mens watch

Released for the first time in noble platinum, the Patek Philippe Ref 5270P builds on a legacy of excellence. The case, with its interchangeable full and transparent case backs is flawless, and is slightly larger at 41mm (12.4mm thick). However, the talking point of this showstopper is unarguably the debuting dial. The majestic salmon colour – a real rarity among Patek wristwatches – gives this traditional perpetual calendar chronograph a new personality. That personality is modern – hour bars have given way to Arabic numerals around the top half of the dial, and all applied markers as well as the hands (leaf-shaped for the hours and minutes) are soft blackened gold. A tachymeter runs around the outer limits of the dial but makes space for the date indicator of the perpetual calendar, at 6 o’clock.

The 5270P Chronograph Perpetual Calendar is running on the in-house, manual-winding calibre CH 29-535 PS Q, which combines a chronograph with the perpetual calendar Patek developed in 1941. The movement also features a day/ night indicator, moon phase display, and leap year indicator, all perfectly placed in the lower half of the salmon dial. CH 29-535 PS Q has a beat rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and can store between 55 to 65 hours of reserve power. The chronograph mechanism is connected to the timekeeping gear train via a horizontal clutch and employs an instantaneous jumping 30-minute counter for clarity. A Gyromax® balance is paired with Breguet balance spring. The movement consists of 456 parts (with 33 jewels).

View the PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5270P Grand Complications Platinum 41mm Golden Opaline Dial Men’s Watch here.

PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5205G Annual Calendar 18ct White Gold 40mm Blue Sunburst Dial Men’s Watch

Patek Philippe annual calendar 18ct white gold 40mm blue sunburst dial mens watch

Initially introduced in white gold in 2010, the 2018 Baselworld release pairs the same precious metal with a striking new face – arguably the finest and most compelling the model has ever seen. Paired with the discreet shimmer of the gold, the elegant two-tone sunburst dial in blue darkens in subtle graduation toward the circumference. The 40mm diameter (11.36mm thick) case – which features hollowed out lugs – is matched by applied white gold hour markers. The design is underscored by new luminous Dauphine hands. The Ref. 5205G Annual Calendar Moon phases is distinguished by the three apertures along an arc in the top half of the dial, displaying day, date and month respectively. Below at 6 o’clock the moon phase display is framed by a 24-hour sub-dial.

Viewed through a sapphire crystal case back, the movement powering the show is the self-winding calibre 324 S QA LU 24H/206, made from 356 parts (with 10 bridges and 34 jewels). Stealing the show is the central rotor forged from 21k gold and debossed with the Calatrava cross insignia. Gyromax® balance and Spiromax® balance spring are used, and the beat rate is set at 28,800 vibrations per hour. 324 S QA LU 24H/206 stores a 35-hour min. – 45-hour max. power reserve.

View the PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5205G Annual Calendar 18ct White Gold 40mm Blue Sunburst Dial Men’s Watch here.

PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 7150/250R 38mm 18ct Rose Gold Diamond Set Bezel Ladies Watch

Patek Philippe complications 38mm 18ct rose gold diamond set bezel ladies watch

Impressive both for its aesthetics and for what’s inside, nothing is lacking in this ultimate ladies’ luxury chronograph. Presented in 18k polished rose gold, the 38mm x 10.59 thick case wears very comfortably on the wrist. The box-type crystal stands out, giving the smaller timepiece a feeling of volume. The dial details – including Breguet numerals and Breguet-style hands, the colour coordination of rose gold and black on silvery opaline (with soft blackened white gold used for chronograph hands), and the presence of a pulsation scale – have all been applied with great care for style. The bezel is set with a closed ring of (~0.78 ct.) diamonds, 72 to be exact. The vintage-inspired chronograph pushers, manually guillochéd at the ends, are extremely satisfying to look upon, and the architectural shape of the lugs is unique among the current Patek Philippe collection.

The movement inside represents one of the brand’s major accomplishments in recent decades – the company’s first in-house manual-winding chronograph – launched in a lady’s watch (the cushion-shaped reference 7071 and predecessor of the wristwatch presently being discussed), ahead of its 2010 debut in the reference 5170, for men. The 270-part column wheel chronograph (with 11 bevelled bridges and 33 jewels), has six patented innovations. It incorporates a Gyromax® balance and Breguet balance spring, beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and offers a 65-hour power reserve. Finishing includes Geneva stripes and circular graining. A second box-type sapphire crystal protecting the movement allows for unobstructed viewing and, when looked at in profile, gives the effect of the calibre almost floating in space.

View the PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 7150/250R 38mm 18ct Rose Gold Diamond Set Bezel Ladies Watch here.

PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5738R Golden Ellipse 18ct Rose Gold Black Dial Men’s Automatic Watch

Patek Philippe golden ellipse 18ct rose gold black dial mens automatic watch

You might not guess it, but the non-complicated Golden Ellipse is the second oldest (running) model in the Patek collection, launched in 1968. The low profile and bold elliptical shape – a cross between a circle and a rectangle – was incredibly popular during the 1970s and 1980s. In 2018, the golden section (1:1.6181.. perfect ratio)-proportioned wristwatch is celebrating its 50th birthday. Released into the regular collection in this golden anniversary year the timepiece features solid case back paired with an eye-catching ebony black sunburst dial with rose gold applied hour markers. A black onyx cabochon set into the crown completes the design. The Golden Ellipse is being offered in its ‘jumbo’ size of 34.5 x 39.5mm, with an incredibly slim profile of only 5.9mm.

Inside is the automatic caliber 240, a legendary in-house movement features an integrated, 22k gold, off-centre mini-rotor – allowing the Golden Ellipse to maintain its stylish thin case whilst still offering precise and reliable timekeeping. The 161 parts used in the calibre 240 include 6 bridges, 27 jewels, Gyromax® balance and Spiromax® balance spring. The beat rate is 21,600 vibrations per hour, and a minimum 48-hour power reserve is achieved.

View the PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5738R Golden Ellipse 18ct Rose Gold Black Dial Men’s Automatic Watch here.

PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5740/1G Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 40mm Blue Sunburst Dial Men’s Watch

Patek Philippe nautilus perpetual calendar 40mm blue sunburst dial mens watch

The iconic, Gérald Genta porthole-design luxury sports watch takes a new step this year with the unveiling of the first Grand Complication ever in the Nautilus collection. With the discreet elegance of 18k white gold for the case, and the utility of a calendar that automatically adjusts for the number of days in each month (as well as leap years), the new Nautilus model is a unique combination of sporty ruggedness and technical sophistication. Superimposed over the signature, horizontally-embossed, blue sunburst dial are displays for the month, date, day, leap year, moon phases, as well as hours and minutes in a 24-hour scale. White gold applied hours markers receive a luminescent coating.

Despite its impressive complexity, the Ref. 5740/1G Perpetual Calendar still offers a remarkably slim profile. From 10 to 4 o’clock the case measures 40mm but the thickness is only 8.42mm – making it the thinnest watch in the Patek Philippe collection to be equipped with the iconic calibre 240 Q (Quantième Perpétuel). Rather than sitting above the movement, the 22k gold mini-rotor is sunken (off-centre) in the 240 Q (which is the same for the Golden Ellipse above) – this allows for a much thinner calibre. 275 parts are used (8 bridges, 27 jewels) with Gyromax® balance and Spiromax® balance spring. The beat rate and power reserve are again 21,600 vibrations per hour and 48 hours respectively.

View the PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5740/1G Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 40mm Blue Sunburst Dial Men’s Watch here.

As one of the most sought-after luxury watch brands in the world, you can imagine that demand will be high for each of the above pieces, particularly given the very low annual production volumes. To learn more, please send us an enquiry online or come and speak to one of our excellent and well-informed staff members at your convenience to discuss your options for acquiring a Patek Philippe timepiece. Swift action (along with a deposit) will be required to avoid disappointment.

View all PATEK PHILIPPE 2018 Baselworld models here.


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