Patek Philippe is considered to be the finest watch brand in the world for some. I have always had a great deal of respect for the brand but it’s not my favorite. In the last couple of years they have done some pretty incredible things to grab my attention.
For this Baselworld 2016, Patek Philippe released a World Time Chronograph in white gold ref# 5930. What’s most impressive to me about this watch is its distinct three layered dial which gives it depth and simplicity at the same time. Considering it has two busy complications of a world time and a chronograph, it’s very clean and sophisticated.
The case is 39.5 mm in diameter. The movement is the Swiss automatic Patek in-house caliber CH 28-520 HU with 38 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 55 hours. Column-wheel chronograph, vertical clutch, local time, display of 24 time zones, day/night indication. Central rotor in 21kt gold, unidirectional winding. Gyromax balance, Spiromax balance spring. It features the Patek Philippe Seal.
Displays: With hands: Local time in hours and minutes. Chronograph hand (trotteuse). 30-minute chronograph counter With disks: City disk with 24 place names, 24-hour ring with day/night indication in colors and sun/moon symbols Pushers: Chronograph start and stop at 2 o’clock. Chronograph reset and flyback at 4 o’clock Time zone adjustment at 10 o’clock (synchronized adjustment of displays in one-hour steps for the hour hand and 1/24th counterclockwise increments for the city disk and the 24-hour ring).
Dial: 3-zone dial: City disk blue, names printed white; 24-hour ring with day/night indication in color and sun/moon symbols (day: blue numerals on silvery background; night: white numerals on blue background) ; center navy blue, hand-guilloched applied baton hour markers in 18kt white gold.
Hands: Hours and minutes: Dauphine hands in 18kt white gold, 3 facets, SuperLuminova coating. Parfil chronograph hand in rhodiumed steel 30-minute counter hand, baton style, counterbalanced, rhodiumed steel.
It’s fitted on a 21mm matte blue hand-stitched alligator leather strap with large square scales and an 18kt white gold fold-over clasp.
I am generally not a fan of blue dial watches. It’s really strange but as I am getting older I am much more accepting of blue dial if they are done right. This is a good example of one executed properly. The price tag of this watch is $73,712 and will be available in early fall.