Originally this “Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph” was released on a white dial with black accents, to high acclaim from the horology community. Now it’s reintroduced at Baselworld 2017, with an inverted face lift.
Back when this model was first launched in 2014 it was a major event. The excitement all came from the fact that this complicated Patek Philippe had been released in a stainless-steel version, which meant it would carry a hefty price-tag, but not as high as other precious metals tend to be. It was originally unveiled in a platinum version, over a decade ago in 2006. So, even though this time around its steel novelty isn’t so unexpected, it’s still expected to effortlessly become a crowd pleaser.
The 40.5mm case is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back. Featuring sleek lugs that synch up perfectly with its matching stainless-steel bracelet. There are also two pump push-pieces: the one at 2 o’clock serves to start & stop the chronograph; while the pusher at 4 o’clock serves to reset and engage the flyback function. There are also correctors for the: day at 9 o’clock; date between the 9 & 10 o’clock; and month at the 10 o’clock position.
Time is exhibited on a black dial with stainless-steel applied hour index markers. A sub-dial filling up much of the lower half of this timepiece, aligned with the 6 o’clock position, includes three rings with diverse information, from the inner to outer we can read: a sub-seconds, followed by a 30-minute counter and finally a 12-hour counter. Also in its midst is a small dot which serves as a day/night indicator. Hands and hour index markers have a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility.
The annual calendar on this timepiece is stretched along the upper half of the watch in three apertures: day of week between the 10 & 11 o’clock positions, current day at the 12 o’clock position and current month between the 1 & 2 o’clock positions. There is also a power reserve indicator under the day aperture at the 12 o’clock spot. Calendar numerals are all in white except for the first of each month which is showcased in a red color. It’s basically the same dial we found on its predecessor from 2014, with the main difference from the former to the later residing on the use of a black dial instead of a white.
Patek Philippe Chronograph Annual Calendar
This “Patek Philippe Chronograph Annual Calendar” (Ref#: 5960/1A) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H with 40 jewels, 456 components and 28,800 Vph.
This was actually Patek’s first in-house produced self-winding chronograph movement. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel fold-over clasp. This timepiece will be available following the conclusion of Baselworld 2017.
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