Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524 Split-Seconds Chronograph Ref. 5370 Baselworld 2015... A Tale of Two Pateks

This watch is getting a reaction :) It kind of makes me think a China replica watch maker took a dodgy looking low grade Zenith pilot replica he had on his bench and put Patek on the dial for the fun of it... of course PP have some nice classic pieces out this year but that is kind of par for the course for Patek. For them to make a try at aviator watches they had to knock it out of the park instead of... 

whatever this is... 


that may not be the funniest part... it's list price is CHF43k if i got it right
Press Release: For almost 80 years, Patek Philippe has defied time zones with disconcerting ease. In 1959, its patented Travel Time mechanism became its own legend, and in 1996 attained a new level of perfection. When the local time hand is moved forwards or backwards in one-hour increments, an isolator uncouples the time-zone mechanism from the main movement. These adjustments therefore have no influence on the amplitude of the balance or the regularity with which it oscillates, hence the watch's precision is unperturbed. This sophisticated device has been incorporated into the 324 S C FUS calibre inside the new Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 with centre seconds, date shown by hand, and a heavy central rotor in 21K gold. In a quest for constant innovation, this refined mechanism is fitted with a Gyromax® balance with a patented geometry Spiromax® balance spring, so as to guarantee the extreme precision and reliability required by the Patek Philippe Seal.
  • Movement: 324 S C FUS automatic calibre, 294 parts, 29 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, Gyromax® balance, Spiromax® balance spring in Silinvar®, between 35 and 45 hours of power reserve
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, dual time zone, separate day/night indications for local and home times
  • Case: 18K white gold, 42 mm Sapphire back Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar/100 ft)
  • Dial: Blue, varnished Luminescent hands and numerals Openwork hand for home time
  • Bracelet/strap: Brown calfskin, 18K white gold buckle

Ok ok there was some quality too... 41mm platinum goodness... Split-Seconds Chronograph Ref. 5370

As a mechanism that measures intermediate times while continuing to time an ongoing interval, the split-seconds chronograph has long been, for collectors, one of the most coveted among Patek Philippe's specialities. The new Ref. 5370 marks the debut of the CHR 29-535 PS calibre in its purest form, with no additional complications. It also introduces a "double time" device, namely two pushers for the basic chronograph functions and a pusher in the crown to start and stop the split-seconds hand. While celebrating tradition with its architecture, manual winding, two column wheels and horizontal clutch, this is very much a chronograph for the twenty-first century, thanks to the many patented optimisations. The sumptuous black enamel dial promises perfect legibility, enhanced by the platinum case. The prestigious Patek Philippe Seal crowns the whole.

list is probably CHF220k or around there... for the folks with swimming pools of cash ;)
Movement: Mechanical hand-wound, CHR 29-535 PS calibre, 312 parts, 34 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, Gyromax® balance, Breguet balance spring, between 55 and 65 hours of power reserve

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