I never thought I would say this, but I guess you never say never in life. Patek Philippe has finally made a watch that I like for this Basel 2014.
I am thoroughly impressed with the new annual calendar chronograph in steel ref# 5960/1A. The Patek Philippe annual calendar chronograph originally made its debut in platinum in 2006.
For a complicated watch it’s quite clean and legible. There is incredible contrast and yet it’s very refined. The only thing I wish is that the size was bigger, but one step at a time.
You don’t really see Patek Philippe watches in steel with this much complication. I am sure this watch stole the 2014 Basel Fair because it’s amazing.
The case is 40.5 mm and constructed out of polished stainless steel, while the dial is a two tone silver grey with a mono counter at the six o’clock position . The functions of the watch are hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, annual calendar (day, date, month), power-reserve indicator, and 24-hour display.
The movement is the in-house Patek r CH 28-520 IRM QA 24 with 40 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 55 hours. It is a column-wheel chronograph with disc clutch.
The day window is at the ten o’clock position, while the month window is at the two o’clock position and the date window is at the twelve o’clock position with the number displayed in red which is a nice touch of color and compliments the dial. A power reserve indicator is well placed under the date window and slightly above the Patek Philippe Geneva insignia. The monocounter at the six o’clock position displays a 12-hour totaliser around the outer edge, a 0 to 30-minute totaliser in the middle, and a 30 to 60-minute totaliser in the centre.