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One of my favorite new additions to Patek Philippe for 2011 is an addition to the Aquanaut line, reference 5164A-001. This new model brings a dual time complication to the family of aquanaut watches. Only available in stainless steel, the case measures 40.8 millimeters, a mere 0.8 millimeters larger than the 5167 model. The black embossed dial has gold applied numerals and luminescent hour markers. The dial displays has a dual time zone mechanism which indicating local and home time indicating local and home time as well as local and "home" day/night indication in apertures. The local date and sweep seconds are indicated by hand.
The Aquanaut 5164A is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement Caliber 324 S C FUS which measures 31 millimeters in diameter and 4.82 millimeters high. The movement contains a total of 294 parts and 29 jewels and allows for a maximum 45 hour power reserve. The cases screw down crown and sapphire-crystal case back help achieve the watches water resistance to 120 meters. The watch is completed by a "Tropical" composite strap and an Aquanaut fold-over clasp in steel.
The Patek Philippe reference 5073P Minute repeater with perpetual calendar and diamond set case was one of the most exciting releases at the Basel Fair 2011. But with a projected retail of around $830,000.00, this new edition to Patek's Grand Complication collection will make it into a select few private collections. As if the 5073P wouldn't have been impressive enough Patek added 103 stunning baguette diamonds, totaling approx. 4.33 ct.to the bezel and lugs.
The complicated timepiece is powered by Caliber R 27 Q self-winding mechanical movement that includes a minute repeater with cathedral gongs and a perpetual calendar - which displays the day of week, 24-hour display, month, leap-year cycle, and date with hands, moon phases in an aperture. Minute repeater cathedral gongs sound at hours:low, quarter-hours:high-low and minutes:high. The movement measures 28 millimeters and is made up of 467 parts, which includes 39 jewels. The movement is stamped with the famous Patek Philippe Seal.
The minute repeater's case is crafted from 950 platinum with both a solid platinum back and interchangeable display back with sapphire-crystal window. The watches measures 42 millimeters in diameter by 11.11 millimeters high. The black dial, 18K gold, has 13 baguette diamond hour markers that total approximately 0.25 ct. The leaf-shaped hands are crafted in 18 carat white gold for hours and minutes a well as for the date, day, and month. The 24-hour display and leap-year cycle are indicated by White-lacquered baton hands in 18 carat white gold. The 5073P is secured to the wearer's wrist with a hand-stitched shiny black alligator leather strap with square scales. The platinum fold-over clasp is set with 42 baguette diamonds totaling approx. 0.69 ct.
in Basel 2011 | Monday, April 4. 2011
Patek Philippe has unveiled its next perpetual calendar model for the 2011 Grand Complications Collection at this years Baselworld. The Patek Ref. 5270 is a perpetual calendar chronograph with an entirely in-house manufactured chronograph movement. The release of this model is speculated to be the first step in Patek's intention to phase out the highly popular 5970 timepiece. This new model is sure to be just as highly sought-after and carries a high price as well, estimated to retail for just under $160,000. Release will most likely officially be towards the end of this year but we might not see it on the market until early 2012.
The Patek model 5270G-001 has a 41 milimeter case diameter which is crafted from 18 carat white gold and comes with an interchangeable full case-back and sapphire-crystal case-back. The silvery-opaline dial displays date by hand, moon phases and seconds in a sub-dial at 9 o'clock. The dial also has stunning black oxidized gold applied numeral markers. The perpetual calendar features day, month, leap year and day/night indication in apertures. The watch is completed by a hand-stitched alligator strap with square scales in matt black with a fold-over clasp.
The watch is powered by the in-house developed Caliber CH 29-535 PS Q mechanical manually wound movement. The chronograph movement has a center chronograph hand and instantaneous 30-minute counter. The movement measures 32 millimeters in diameter by 7 millimeters high and contains 33 jewels and a Gyromax balance. The total part count for the movement is 456. The movement allows for a 65 hour maximum power reserve.