This Baselworld 2015, Patek Philippe released the NEW Split Seconds Chronograph in platinum ref 5370P.
Critics are hailing this to be one of the best Patek Philippe watches we have seen in years. I’ll be honest, Patek has never really tickled my fancy, but I do like this watch a lot! It’s clean, crisp and easy to read and it doesn’t appear to feel like an older mans watch.
The case is made out of platinum and the caseback is sapphire and is also supplied with an additional interchangeable solid platinum caseback. The dial is made out of white gold with jet black enamel and 18kt white gold applied Breguet hands. The Patek Arabic numerals are delightful and give this context as a wristwatch rather than just a timing instrument. The Arabic Numeral 3 and 9 have been replace by two horizontal chronograph counters which have been perfectly placed and executed. So many watch brands out there try and crowd the dial by cutting of numbers, but Patek is really the master for a reason.
When you look underneath the Arabic numeral 6 there is an “email” signature which signifies “enamel” in French, denoting this as a specialty piece. I love how balanced out this watch is from the lugs which merge with the case, the push buttons and the crown. It’s the perfect horological masterpiece of technical refinement executed in a modern day way but nods to vintage all at the same time.
The movement is the Patek in-house caliber CHR 29-535 PS with 34 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 65 hours. Functions are: hours, minutes, seconds, and split-seconds chronograph. This movement introduces a “double time” device, namely two pushers for the basic chronograph functions and a pusher in the crown to start and stop the split-seconds hand. It has two column wheels and horizontal clutch. It bears the Patek Philippe Seal. This is by far, one of, if not the nicest finished chronograph movement in the world.
Delivery estimates will be sometime between July and August and only between one and three pieces will enter the entire US market for the year. This piece is incredibly special and will retail for $249,200.