When most people think of Patek Philippe, they think of the evergreen models that roll off the lips of enthusiasts all over the world: Nautilus, Gondolo, Calatrava, and perhaps even that delectable worldtimer that appeared in 2013’s new Patek Philippe offerings as Reference 5130. But one of the many elements that I personally adore about Patek Philippe is its love of the handcrafted arts and the perpetuation of them in highly aesthetic ways.
If there were a watch enthusiasts’ encyclopedia, under “embarrassment of riches” the image might just be a side-by-side shot two of contemporary watchmaking’s great complicated pieces: the “mighty” A. Lange & Söhne Double Split and Patek Philippe’s Reference 5370P split-second chronograph. In this article, GaryG compares and contrasts them to come out with a winner.
Though recent years have proven particularly colorful in the world of watches with a plethora of new green and blue dials, black is also beautiful – and black is definitely back. Here Sabine Zwettler highlights three charismatic examples putting black in the spotlight. The dark side has never looked so bright!
Patek Philippe surprised Joshua Munchow at Baselworld 2019 with the launch of the Weekly Calendar, a new dress watch in stainless steel and the brand’s first steel-encased production model since the 1970s. The 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar is a mix of modern technology, classic style, and a couple of unique touches that help it stand out from Patek Philippe’s typical offerings, making it one of his favorite watches from the Genevan giant in quite a while.
Ladies, watch out! In 2019 many brands are catering to their female customers in a more mindful way, bringing out intriguing examples that both set fashionable accents and make bold statements in terms of sophisticated technology. Here’s a selection of three stunning new daily wearers from Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Carl F. Bucherer.
Each year usually has its own distinctive color trend. While an armada of new watches with green dials sailed into view last year, following in the wake of an even more powerful fleet of blue dials in previous years, 2019 seems to be all about a wide variety of colors with many refined pieces in eye-catching hues. Color has never looked so spectacular, so let’s dive right into five of 2019’s brightest newcomers.
It is no secret that Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran is watch collector with a collection that features many heavy-hitting modern timepieces from Patek Philippe and Richard Mille. Nick Gould recently spotted Sheeran wearing a vintage Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph on the Instagram page of his head security guard, Kevin Myers.
The Patek Philippe Reference 5235/50R-001 annual calendar with regulator-style display was by far Saad Chaudhry’s favorite watch of Baselworld 2019. Here he explains why in great detail while providing quite a bit of history.
November 2018 marked a personal horological high point for GaryG, as he both served on the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and took delivery of an “unobtainable” watch, the Patek Philippe Reference 3940P-027. Gary shares his reasons for buying this rare watch with us here.
GaryG had the pleasure to handle, listen to, photograph, and write about two truly splendid minute repeaters, both property of a good friend: Patek Philippe Reference 5074P and Reference 5078P. They both look great, but you’re probably most interested in how they sound. Well, here’s your chance. Welcome to the great Patek Philippe chime-off!