No, the 5170P is more like a wealthy grandpa with gemstone cufflinks: weird, but face-to-face you’re probably going to need to keep your view to yourself.The Patek Philippe 5170P is intriguing because I could envision it to be far over the top to get a few, and rather stale in the view of many others. It is, because it requires that stealth-wealth single lug-diamond and complete platinum nonsense to a different level by showing some of the lion’s teeth around the front. I mean, with no diamonds and in humble rose gold, this is a ~$75k view, so why don’t you let it live a little?Last thing worth considering is how there can be a particular charm to brilliantly implemented watches from large brands which still show a little — and also the 5170P is near to being a good example at that. However, once we speak of brilliance in execution, reflective crystals really should not be a part of this conversation. Legibility should not be forfeited for any reason, and that is exactly why the baguette markers operate so nicely: they work to design while also being exorbitantly extravagant and unnecessary. The exact same cannot be said about the destroyed crystal. I know it allegedly works in the boutique, but it is an inexplicable and total fail everywhere else. It is like rocking this opinion with a perfect tux — then walking everywhere with a stain in your lapel.In outline, I find the 5170P to become among the more intriguing recent novelties from the new, worth noting since it packs a quintessential Patek Philippe chronograph caliber using a great dial up and, due to its own diamonds, “a touch 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 lineup of time-only watches has regularly been sadly relegated to reside in the shadow cast from the brand’s more complex pieces such as their perpetual calendars or their immediately recognizable sport watch models from the Nautilus and Aquanaut. Honestly, it is clear because demure 3-hand time only watches have been a cornerstone of the line, but every now and then there are standouts that do something somewhat different.
Patek Philippe has made it mandatory for all retailers to sell its watches without the sealed factory packaging that has become a hallmark of the brand’s timepieces. In a letter sent two weeks ago to all retailers worldwide, the Geneva watchmaker asked retailers to “put an end to the sale of ‘sealed’ and ‘ doubled-sealed’ pieces”, with immediate effect.
The letter goes on to elaborate: “… ensure no Patek Philippe Watches – Golden Ellipse Replica timepiece leaves your point of sale before it has been taken out of its brown cardboard box and had its plastic bag cut open. Indeed, these boxes were never meant to be given to your clients. Please hold on to them and destroy them.”
As when Rolex introduced its warranty card with a magnetic strip that has to be swiped to be activated, the purpose of Patek Philippe’s directive is to “prevent grey market activities”.
While Patek Philippe retailers and boutiques were supposed to sell watches without the packaging in the past, that was not strictly enforced. Consequently Patek Philippe watches frequently change hands on the secondary market having never left the sealed factory packaging, sometimes having stayed that way for years. One reason that happens for Patek Philippe watches specifically – many brands ship their watches in sealed boxes of some sort – is the fact that its timepieces are often, but also misguidedly, regarded as sound investments. Equally as often, the watches are seen as portable, liquid assets.
Patek Philippe appears serious on stamping out the practice of selling sealed watches, with the letter noting that it will “follow up regularly on this directive”. The letter ends with the line: “All pieces found in a cardboard box or plastic bag after July 1st, 2017 will be view as a fault.”