The coveted horology brand Patek Philippe is back with a new piece for their “Complications” collections, which will lead to several pieces being discontinued from current production. Introducing the new “Patek Philippe 5205G Annual Calendar Moonphase”.
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But, this watch isn’t exactly a novelty. There were two models also made of 18k white gold with two different two-tone grey dials that were released in 2010. This model line would later be extended with two rose gold versions that came with opaline and black lacquered dials, back in 2013.
This watch was one among several other eye-catching timepieces that Patek Philippe unveiled at the most recent Baselworld 2018. Models like the “Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270P” (Ref#: 5270P-001) with the unusual yet alluring choice of a salmon dial, which you can read more about here.
Or, the “Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar” (Ref#: 5740/1G) which marked the inclusion of a perpetual calendar into one of the thinnest case sizes available, as you can learn more about by reading here.
Now for the “Patek Philippe 5205G Annual Calendar Moonphase” its 40mm case is made of 18k white gold with a transparent sapphire exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
Mounted to the case is a slightly concave smooth bezel. It also comes equipped with these unique pierced strap lugs, plus a setting-crown with the Maltese cross engraving and two small push-pieces to set the annual calendar. All topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 30 meters (96 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue sunburst dial that grows darker, being a more gradated black tone when it reaches the bezel. It features 18k white gold applied hour index markers, followed by a ring of small dotted minute index markers circling along the flange.
One unique trait of this watch consists on having a spaced out arch with three white apertures spaced out along the upper half of the dial with the: day at the 10 o’clock position, date at the 12 o’clock position and month at the 2 o’clock position. The central 18k white gold Dauphine hands, plus the hour index markers and some Moonphase elements have all undergone a luminescent coating for an enhanced legibility.
There is also a 24-hour sub-dial with a Moonphase in its midst aligned at the 6 o’clock position. The movement requires to be corrected by hand once a year, at the end of February. This Moonphase is highly precise and should only deviate from the actual moon position by a day, after every 122 years of rotation. To reset the calendar, adjustments are performed on the aforementioned two push-pieces found on the case flank.
Patek Philippe 5205G Annual Calendar Moonphase
This “Patek Philippe 5205G Annual Calendar Moonphase” (Ref#: 5205G-013) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 324 S QA LU 24H/206 with 34 jewels, 10 bridges, 356 components and 28,800 Vph. It features bridges with chamfered and polished contours, plus their iconic Calatrava cross engraved on the rotor. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 45 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a shiny black alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k white gold buckle. The introduction of this new version will lead many of its predecessor models crafted out of white gold, such as the references: “5205G-001”, “5205G-010″, “5205R-001″ and “5205R-010″ to be discontinued. For more information visit the official Patek Philippe website here.
MSRP: $47,970.00 USD
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