No, the 5170P is similar to a rich grandpa with diamond cufflinks: weird, but face-to-face you’ll probably want to keep your view to yourself.The Patek Philippe 5170P is interesting because I could imagine it to be far over the top for a few, and instead stale in the view of many others. It is, because it takes that stealth-wealth single lug-diamond and complete platinum nonsense to another level by showing a number of those lion’s teeth on the front. I mean, without the diamonds and in humble rose gold, this already is a$75k watch, so why not let it live a little?Last thing worth thinking about is how there can be a certain charm to brilliantly executed watches from big brands which still show off a little — and also the 5170P is near to being a solid case at that. But once we talk of brilliance in execution, reflective crystals actually shouldn’t be a part of the discussion. Legibility should not be forfeited for any reason, and that’s exactly why the baguette markers work so nicely: they function to style while also being exorbitantly unnecessary and luxurious. The exact same cannot be said about the ruined crystal. I understand it supposedly works in the boutique, but it’s an inexplicable and total fail everywhere else. It is like rocking this watch having a great tux — then walking anywhere with a stain in your lapel.In summary, I find the 5170P to be among the more intriguing recent novelties in the new, worth noting since it packs a quintessential Patek Philippe chronograph caliber with a great dial up and, thanks to its own diamonds, “a bit of class” — as Basil Fawlty would call it. Cost for your Patek Philippe 5170P chronograph in platinum is 85,000 CHF. The Patek Philippe Calatrava line of time-only watches has regularly been sadly relegated to live in the shadow cast from the brand’s more complicated pieces such as their ceaseless calendars or their instantly recognizable sport watch versions in the Nautilus and Aquanaut. Honestly, it is clear since demure 3-hand time only watches have been a cornerstone of the line, but every now and then there are standouts which do something somewhat different.
In this weekend’s “Lunch with the FT” in the Financial Times, Thaksin Shinawatra is described as being “visibly pleased with his newly acquired top-of-the-range Patek Philippe Watches In South Africa Replica watch” during the lunch interview in Singapore. FT correspondent Michael Peel helpfully tweeted a photo of Thaksin during the session, revealing what might be a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon ref. 6002G – unsurprising given Thaksin reputation as an accomplished watch collector.
Estimated to be still worth US$1.6 billion, despite having a billion confiscated by the Thai government, Thaksin’s taste in watches is evidently more discerning than that of the average wealthy individual. Known as a keen collector within the watch industry in the Southeast Asia, Thaksin has a seemingly inclination towards complications and Patek Philippe.
He’s been photographed with watches as diverse as a Roger Dubuis Sympathie bi-retrograde perpetual calendar and the Blancpain Le Brassus Equation of Time. In the cover image above he’s wearing a Cartier Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat (image credit: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg).
Most of the time, however, he has been spotted with various Patek Philippe watches, including the ref. 5208P grand compilation with minute repeater, chronograph and perpetual calendar, the second most complicated Patek Philippe after the Sky Moon Tourbillon he had on during the FT interview.