It is rather tricky to imagine, however, the Patek Philippe Watches Dubai Replica 5270 is in fact the simplest perpetual calendar chronograph of this collection; bear in mind that the two other references with those complications also feature a split-second (ref. 5204) or even a minute repeater (ref. 5208). Certainly, though, the 5270 is not a simple watch. It is the latest edition in a long lineage that started with the mention 1518, the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph, released at the center of the 1940s. This extremely rare bird was created for only 13 years, in 281 bits, and includes a movement according to a Valjoux ébauche but highly altered and adorned with the Geneva Seal. Virtually identical in design, the 3970 along with the 5970 came then, with little improvements and upgraded contours. However, in 2011, the 5270 added something very interesting to this classical model: an in-house motion. No more Valjoux or Lemania base, but rather pure Patek Philippe.Make no error about this Patek Philippe 5270. Even if it appears very similar to the previous mention, nothing is identical. The design, design, motion, case, size… what’s brand new, but remains classical. Patek Philippe chose not to break the codes, but planned to improve and update an icon, as it introduced this reference in 2011 with a silver-white dial. Now, in 2014, Patek Philippe has come out with new dials, including the blue one we had the chance to handle to get a few hours.Before this new mention surfaced, Patek Philippe would usually power its chronographs using a Lemania-based movement, Caliber 27-70. Even if this ébauche was profoundly modified, both on the finishing fronts, Patek at one point determined it couldn’t outsource in an age in which the term “in house” has gained so much importance. Hence the brand created a completely homemade motion, developed and manufactured in-house — i.e., a manufacture motion. Patek Philippe Caliber CH 29-535 PS Q is a 32-mm manually wound engine that’s impressive not only because of its own complications, but also because of the quality of its finishing. Much like every modern Patek Philippe watch, it is adorned with the Patek Philippe Seal. As we told you recently, the strictest of quality control standards are exerted in the production of each and every part of the watch — the movement, the case, dial, hands, et al. — together with strict criteria applied to form, function, and precision.
The top lot at Only Watch 2017 was, predictably, the Patek Philippe Watches Rate Replica ref. 5208T grand complication in titanium. Carrying an estimate of a piffling SFr900,000 to SFr1m, it sold for SFr6.2m, all fees included. That’s equivalent to US$6.2m, and just below the SFr7.3m price of the one-off stainless steel ref. 5016A the Geneva watchmaker put together for Only Watch two years ago.
Spirited bidding from several familiar room bidders from the Middle East, Europe and Asia helped carry the ref. 5208T to its final price, with the last two bidders tussling for the watch being Asian. Eventually the victor was the phone bidder represented by John Reardon, the head of Christie’s watch department.
Already priced at just shy of a million dollars at retail for the ordinary platinum version, the ref. 5208 in titanium is unusually modern in style with its carbon-fibre inspired dial, but light in hand and pleasing to the ear; the titanium case makes a tremendous difference to its acoustics.
With the beat-up Daytona “Paul Newman” once owned by Mr Newman himself having just sold for US$17.5m last month, the titanium Patek Philippe feels almost like a good buy.