Patek Philippe unveiled new models and we uncovered some of them just for you.
Patek Philippe has a persuasive track record of ongoing technical advancements that have been happening in their 180 years of history, with over 100 patents. This tradition of innovation is visibly seen in the domain of grand compilations that rank among the special assets of the manufacturer.
For the first time, Patek Philippe introduce two of their iconic, ingenious and user-friendly functions together in one watch. The full calendar with day/date/month that requires only one manual correction per year from the Annual Calendar model patented in 1996, and the two time zones displayed in the Travel Time created in 1997 are joined in the newest Ref. 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time with a new case design.
The watch is endowed with the new self-winding calibre 31-260 PS QA LU FUS 24H (eight patents), the new Ref. 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time shines with a date display synchronised with local time, automatically corrected forward or backwards when the time zone is changed. To provide a noble framework for this unique function, Patek Philippe created a new exterior with a Calatrava case guilloched with the hobnail pattern around its entire flank. It features a charcoal grey vintage dial reminiscent of old photo cameras in fine detail. Aficionados of exclusive design will also find the same dial and case in another watch with the same aesthetic signature without additional functions: the Ref. 5226G-001 Calatrava powered by the self-winding calibre 26-330 S C movement.
With vintage flair, two other models deserve to be highlighted. The Ref. 5320G-011 Perpetual Calendar with three-tiered lugs shows elements of a model from 1945, featuring a new opaline rose gilt dial that emphasises its ‘vintage’ background. And the classic Ref. 5172G-010 Men’s Chronograph, inspired by the 1940-1950 models, shows an opaline rose gilt dial beneath which a classic movement with six patented innovations tracks the time.
Following the inspiration from past models, the brand revealed three new versions of World Time watches. This model was launched in the 1930s and a unique feature makes it possible to read the local times of all 24 time zones at a glance. Thanks to an exclusive mechanism patented in 1999, the user needs to actuate the pusher at 10 o’clock to correct all displays in one-hour steps simultaneously. In addition to the Ref. 7130R-014 Ladies’ World Time watch with an olive green dial, Patek Philippe welcomes two interpretations of existing models. The Ref. 5230P-001 World Time combines a platinum case with a blue dial and matching strap for the first time. Its dial shows a new manually guilloched circular pattern inspired by the Ref. 5110 (2000): it was the first watch fitted with the patented World Time mechanism. The Ref. 5231G-001 Rare Handcrafts World Time watch showcases a new map in grand feu cloisonné enamel depicting Oceania and Southeast Asia in the centre of its dial.