Patek Philippe Complications: Beyond Telling Time
Patek Philippe is highly renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship and infamous work inventing numerous intricate complications, so it’s no wonder why they offer one of the most impressive watch suites of all time—the Patek Philippe Complications collection. By definition, a watch complication is anything a watch does beyond telling the date and time. For example, the Patek Philippe Complications is particularly known for complications like annual calendars, dual time zones, world time displays, moon phase indicators, and flyback chronographs. Because of the brand’s mastery in all things complex, this collection’s models typically have two or three complications per watch—any Patek Philippe watch that has more is considered a part of the Grand Complications collection, a coveted selection and home to the ineffable Grandmaster Chime. Additionally, every Patek Philippe Complications watch features an in-house caliber, further enhancing the collection’s elite status. A classic Complications piece is typically offered in rose, yellow, or white gold as well as some platinum editions. Plus, you may find them in a range of styles from simple, subdued Dress Watches to elaborately adorned statement pieces. Learn more about Patek Philippe’s rich history by watching this video that details the brand’s groundbreaking turning points.
Learn More About Patek Philippe Complications
The Patek Philippe Complications collection offers a sweeping range of watch options and a seemingly endless catalog of styles. However, there are a few categories that help define this suite, as well as a handful of standout references that are important to highlight.
Annual Calendar Watches
In general, many collectors love annual calendar watches because they’re practical, displaying the date, day, and month. Of course, the Patek Philippe Complications suite has several annual calendar pieces including the ref. 5146, a 39mm watch that indicates the day and month on separate subdials, and the newer ref. 5212 that flaunts a controversial design broken into a sector dial. Additionally, references 5396 and 5205 are annual calendar pieces with the date, day, and month displayed in different windows. The 5396 series shows day and month below the company name at 12, and the date at 6—it also has a combined moon phase and 24-hour display above the date. On the other hand, the 5205 series has the same combination sundial at 6, yet all 3 calendar displays are arched across the top of the dial in different apertures.. Interested in this series? Discover this handsome pre-owned ref. 5205G-013 annual calendar watch with moon phases.
The Patek Philippe Complications collection also houses several impressive flyback chronograph watches. For example, the ref. 5905 flyback series are 42mm watches with a 60-minute counter at the 6, and they also feature an annual calendar. Other interesting references in this category include ref. 5960 and 5961—both boasting a 40mm frame, a power reserve indicator, and the automatic caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H.
World Time Watches
If you’re a frequent traveler, a Patek Philippe Complications world time watch may be the perfect addition to your collection. In particular, ref. 5930G is the first model in the series to feature both a world time display and chronograph, making it a highly sought after wristwatch. Other brilliant references include the 5230, 5231, and 7130—all of which have the manual caliber 240 HU that displays the time in 24 time zones using a combination of central hour and minute hands, a 24-hour disc, and a city disc. From a visual standpoint, the breathtaking ref. 5230 features a hand-guillochéed dial while the 5231 shows a world map made of cloisonné enamel. You may also find the cloisonné map dial on this stunning ref. 5131. And, you can learn more about Patek Philippe world timers by reading this article.
Buying a Pre-Owned Patek Philippe Complications Watch
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