Which one of Patek Philippe's new watches has a connection to Singapore?
The watchmaker's current collection of grand complications now welcomes three models – an updated Ref. 5303 Minute Repeater that first made its debut at a 2019 Singapore exhibition, along with two revamped chronographs.
Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe is slowly getting back in the swing of things, after the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the cancellation of two of the industry’s biggest watch fairs, Baselworld being the watchmaker's launchpad.
Back in June, Patek Philippe released its first new timepiece of 2020 – a rare Calatrava in stainless steel. The watchmaker will continue with ad hoc releases throughout the year. In mid-July, a trio of revamped grand complications were revealed.
REF. 5303R MINUTE REPEATER TOURBILLON
The Ref. 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon was first seen at Patek Philippe’s Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore last year as a limited edition of only 12 pieces. Now, a slightly modified version of the timepiece has made its way into Patek Philippe’s regular collection of grand complications.
The dial of the timepiece is far from conventional. It lays bare the repeater mechanism, including the hammers and gongs, so that watch enthusiasts can admire this stunning complication without having to remove the watch from their wrists to gaze upon the case back. The transparency aspect also applies to the tourbillon: The underside of its cage can be seen beneath the seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock.
Aesthetics-wise, the timepiece is housed in a 42mm rose gold case. The Singapore edition of the timepiece featured a red minute track with 12 stars as a nod to the national flag. But the revamped edition features a black minute track with dots in place of the stars.
REF. 5370P-011 SPLIT-SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH
Since its release at Baselworld 2015, the Ref. 5370P, a split-seconds chronograph, has been one of Patek Philippe’s most loved timepieces from its collection. A regular chronograph allows the wearer to time an event with a simple start and stop of a pusher. But the split-seconds chronograph allows one to measure intermediate events by using two chronograph hands that "split" when the pusher is pressed at the end of a lap. Another press of the pusher allows the second chronograph hand to “catch up” with the other.
The 2015 model, which featured a black enamel dial, has now been discontinued. Taking its place in 2020 is a new, subtly upgraded version with a blue Grand Feu enamel dial. The Grand Feu enamel dial, which requires great technical skill to achieve, is an elegant and glossy shade of blue when seen in real life.
The polished platinum case with a concave bezel and satin-finished flank recesses is worn on an alligator strap in night blue, secured by a platinum fold-over clasp. As is the case with all of Patek Philippe’s platinum wristwatches, the new Ref. 5370P-011 is graced with a small diamond between the lugs at 6 o'clock.
REF. 5270J PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH IN YELLOW GOLD
As the heir of Patek Philippe’s grand 1941 classic (Ref. 1518), the Ref. 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph has been available since 2018 in platinum with a golden opaline dial and a rose gold version with a gold “goutte”-style bracelet.
Now, the watchmaker is introducing the Ref. 5270J, cased in yellow gold for the first time.
The timepiece features a silvery opaline dial with applied baton indexes and leaf-shaped hands in yellow gold. Its movement, first developed in 2011, can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back.
The new Ref. 5270J is worn on a hand-stitched matt chocolate brown alligator strap with a yellow gold fold-over clasp. It replaces the previous platinum and rose-gold models.