No, the 5170P is similar to a rich grandpa with diamond cufflinks: bizarre, but face-to-face you’ll probably want to keep your opinion to yourself.The Patek Philippe Watches Calatrava Replica 5170P is interesting because I could envision it to be way over the top to get some, and instead stale in the view of others. It is, since it requires that stealth-wealth only lug-diamond and full platinum nonsense to a different level by showing a number of the lion’s teeth on front. I mean, without the diamonds and in lowly increased gold, this is a ~$75k view, so why not allow it to live a little?Last thing worth thinking about is how there could be a certain charm to brilliantly executed watches from big brands that still show a bit — and also the 5170P is close to being a good case at that. However, once we talk of brilliance in implementation, reflective crystals really shouldn’t be a part of this discussion. Legibility shouldn’t be sacrificed for any reason, and that’s exactly why the baguette markers operate so well: they work to style while also being exorbitantly extravagant and unnecessary. The same cannot be said about the destroyed crystal. I know it supposedly works in the boutique, but it is an inexplicable and complete fail everywhere else. It’s like rocking this watch with a great tux — then walking anywhere with a stain in your lapel.In summary, I find the 5170P to be one of the more interesting recent novelties from the new, worth noting because it packs a quintessential Patek Philippe chronograph standard with a great dial up and, thanks to its diamonds, “a bit of class” — as Basil Fawlty would call it. Price for your Patek Philippe 5170P chronograph in platinum is 85,000 CHF. The Patek Philippe Calatrava line of time-only watches has regularly been unfortunately relegated to live in the shadow cast by the brand’s more complicated pieces such as their perpetual calendars or their instantly recognizable sport watch versions in the Nautilus and Aquanaut. Honestly, it’s clear since demure 3-hand time only watches have been a cornerstone of this line, however every now and then there are standouts that do something a little different.
Having been the subject of rumour for some months, the new is now official: the next Patek Philippe Watches South Africa Replica Grand Exhibition will take place in Singapore, the Asian city that’s the watchmaker’s most important in South-East Asia (and also the location of the largest Patek Philippe boutique in the region).
Confirmed by Thierry Stern in an interview with Singapore newspaper The Straits Times, the 2019 event will be its first stop in Asia. The New York Grand Exhibition (pictured above and below) just closed its doors a couple of days ago, with London’s Saatchi Gallery having been the venue in 2015, the same year the Geneva watchmaker celebrated its 175th anniversary.
With the template for the Grand Exhibition having been well established, come 2019 expect an expansive exhibition of Patek Philippe timepieces vintage and modern, as well as a range of limited editions (ranging from wristwatches to Dome Clocks) created just for the event. The recent New York exhibition was accompanied by a slew of limited edition exclusive to the American market, including the flagship World Time Minute Repeater ref. 5531R.
Stay tuned for more on the Grand Exhibition 2019 as soon as information is available.