If you can afford it, look no more! The quintessential travel companion by Patek Philippe has been updated and become more reliable than ever. For this new “Patek Philippe Alarm Travel Time 5520P”, the brand has developed an entirely new integrated in-house movement.
Back when Patek Philippe made their first appearance on Instagram they posted the “Patek Philippe Calatrava Travel Time” (Ref#: 5524R) for men in 42mm and ladies in a smaller diameter of 37.5mm, which you can read more about here.
These are distinct models, but despite one missing only the “alarm aperture” it was priced for less than a 1/4th at $43.900 USD; compared to this over $200.000 priced extra luxurious timepiece.
But, in all fairness Patek Philippe has not only added extra windows to the dial; this new model has been given an entirely new integrated movement and registered for four alarm patents. So, let’s take a closer look at this novelty in all its intricacies.
The 42mm pilot-style case is made out of platinum with a transparent sapphire case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. When the alarm is triggered, a hammer that is also visible via the exhibition case back, strikes a gong circling the movement.
It comes equipped with four pushers to operate and set its various complications. The pushers on the left-side are used for setting local time forward or backwards by an hour; while the pushers on the right-side serve to set time, date and alarm.
Three of these pushers have a bayonet twist lock, which requires a quarter turn for unlocking and a quarter turn for locking to prevent unintended actuation. Plus it features a dynamometric crown that in position one is capable of: winding the alarm clockwise, or movement counterclockwise; while in position two can set the alarm; and in position three allows for hand-setting in either direction. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 30 meters (96 feet).
Patek Philippe unveiled a new self-winding grand complication that combines its exclusive dual time zone “Travel Time” system with a 24-hour alarm mechanism, complete with a hammer that strikes on a classic gong.
Time is exhibited on an ebony black sunburst dial with white gold applied Arabic numerals, followed by a white railroad motif minute track circling around the dial. They come equipped with two time-zones and separate day/night dotted indicators for local and home time. There is an unusual date sub-dial located at the 6 o’clock position, which is represented with Arabic numerals only for each 3-day increment.
Under the 12 o’clock position are two white aperture windows that indicate the alarm-setting. Hovering over these windows is an alarm on/off indicator, while underneath is a day/night indicator to more precisely inform us of the currently set alarm-time.
It comes equipped with broad baton-style central steel hands, a thin white seconds hand and a third skeletonized hand for the second time-zone. These central hands and all the Arabic numerals have been given a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Patek Philippe Alarm Travel Time 5520P
This “Patek Philippe Alarm Travel Time 5520P” (Ref#: 5520P-001) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber AL 30-660 S C FUS with 52 jewels, 574 parts and 28,800 vph. As aforementioned this an entirely new integrated movement that has led Patek Philippe to filling for four patents. It also comes equipped with a 21k gold central rotor and a Gyromax® balance. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black calfskin strap, secured to the wrist by a Clevis prong buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Patek Philippe website here.
MSRP: $226,810.00 USD
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