Watches: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref 5270
By Thierry Ané on December 8, 2013
The Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is by far the combination of complications that best characterises Patek Philippe’s work. Although several models featuring these functions have been presented over the years, the Reference 5270G-001, introduced at Baselworld 2011, marked a step forward for the brand as it was the first entirely in-house perpetual calendar with a chronograph function.
The manually-wound CH 29-535 PS Q calibre offers 65 hours of power reserve for the display of the date by hand, the day of the week and month by windows, the leap year by window and the phases of the moon. It also features a chronograph with central hand and an instantaneous 30-minute counter facing the small seconds.
Without any press release or big event, Patek Philippe has just introduced two new dial versions of this timepiece that will in fact take over the now discontinued Reference 5270G-001. The first one, known as Reference 5270G-013, features a silver opaline dial (somehow different in colour than the 2011 model), while the second timepiece, or Reference 5270G-014 showcases a beautiful blue sunburst dial.
The dial hues are not the unique changes relative to the original timepiece. Indeed, the size of the logo on the dial has been reduced and most visibly the railway-style minute track has now been replaced by a tachymeter scale that features a little bump at 6 o’clock in order not to overlap with the Arabic numerals for the date indication. Both models are offered in a 41 mm gold case paired with a black alligator strap.
We have no indication on when these two watches will be available but you can put GBP 118,940 aside if you want to acquire one of these timepieces.