The chronograph has played a leading role in the collections of Patek Philippe. The have shown their mastery of this complication by producing the world’s thinnest split-seconds chronograph movement back in 2005. In 2006, they produced an automatic winding chronograph with a modern vertical disk-type clutch system, a flyback function, a large single counter at 6 o’clock, and a chronograph seconds hand that can be used as a permanent (running) seconds hand. And in 2009, they created their third exclusive chronograph movement that combines traditional architecture with six patented innovations.
This year, the Manufacture released three new variations of the 5204, 5905, and 5930 models that illustrate its expertise in the field of complications.
A contemporary interpretation of an iconic model in rose gold and slat grey.
The split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar Reference 5204 is heir to one of Patek Philippe’s most sought-after Grand Complications. It has been available since 2016 in two rose gold versions: one with a silvered opaline dial and chocolate brown alligator strap, and the other with an opaline ebony black dial and rose gold bracelet.
The new variation of this model is presented in a rose gold case as well. This time, it is combined with a slate grey dial and slate grey calf leather strap with an embossed alligator pattern. The sunburst dial is decked with a day and month display at 12 o’clock. The date hand is placed at 6 o’clock and incorporates the moon-phase display. Small seconds and the instantaneous 30-minute counter appear on sub dials at 9 and 3 o’clock. The transparent caseback offers a magnificent view of the calibre CHR 29-535 PS Q.
A resolutely sporty version I steel with an integrated bracelet and a sunburst green dial.
Launched as a platinum model in 2015, then in rose gold in 2019, Reference 5905 combines a self-winding flyback chronograph and a patented Annual Calendar. This model was previously released in platinum with a blue dial and in rose gold with a brown dial.
This latest iteration is released in a metal that is seldom used in Patek Philippe collections: steel. This bold and casual design renews the way a Patek Philippe complication watch is worn on a daily basis.
It has a sunburst olive green dial that displays a large 60-minute sub dial at 6 o’clock and three day/date/month apertures arranged in an arc. Discreetly positioned at 6 o’clock is a day/night indicator. Through the sapphire case back, the calibre CH 28-520 QA 24H can be seen.
A new version in platinum with green dial and strap.
Inspired by a one-of-a-kind model from 1940, Reference 5930 combines two functions: a self-winding flyback chronograph and a World Time. This model was first launched in 2016 in a white gold version with a blue dial and matching strap.
The new version combines platinum with a green dial and strap. The green dial is decorated with a circular hand-guilloched circular pattern. The applied hour markers and faceted Dauphine-type hands in white gold have a luminescent coating. The names of the cities are printed in green on the corresponding disk. The hand-polished platinum case is set with a diamond at 6 o’clock. Powering this timepiece is the calibre CH 28-520 HU, equipped with a column wheel and the modern disk-type vertical clutch. The World Time function simultaneously displays the time in 24 time zones. An exclusive patented mechanism enables correct of all displays by pressing the pusher at 10 o’clock without disrupting the accuracy of the movement.