A close look makes it possible for us to observe the polished, beveled angles of the bridges and of the levers; the right graining of the many elements which compose the chronograph; the glistening screw heads and slots; several gold chatons; along with Geneva stripes that continue from 1 bridge to another. The beauty of this movement also comes out of its profound design, which allows viewing of all of the gears’ and levers’ moves when triggering the pushers. The chronograph does (obviously) use a column wheel with a vertical clutch for its engagement — the pillar wheel is, as is standard with Patek Philippe, hidden by a protective cap ( that you can see on the photo above, at the lower part of the motion). The chronograph itself is quite classical, using a bi-compax architecture displaying the measured seconds with a central hand, the moments at a subdial at 3 o’clock and the conducting moment in a subdial at 9 o’clock. Finally, it includes the precise Gyromax balance wheel, using a complimentary sprung architecture.The motion is not the only interesting element here, and turning the eye to the dial side also shows complications. The perpetual calendar elements aren’t visible through the sapphire caseback, since they’re positioned on the top of the motion. However, the dial provides lots of information, using a smart and legible screen. The month and day are indicated in two windows at 12 o’clock. The date and the moon-phase index are displayed in a third sub-dial in 6 o’clock. What is new compared to the previous benchmark (Ref. 5970) is the way it suggests the leap year and the day/night function. Formerly, these two were positioned inside the chronograph’s counters at 3 and 9 o’clock and utilized hands to point out the information. Perhaps not the most sensible and legible design, as it was easy to become confused between various hands. From the 5270, Patek Philippe Watches Replica has selected to use two small apertures — at 4:30 for the leap year and at 7:30 for its day/night indicator. The dial gains enhanced legibility and aesthetic innocence from this aesthetic choice.
Having been the subject of rumour for some months, the new is now official: the next Patek Philippe 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.