This year Patek Philippe released a NEW Perpetual Calendar at Baselworld 2017 in white gold known as reference, 5320G. Out of all the complications out there, Perpetual Calendars are my favorite because it has useful functionality that you can rely on.
What makes this Patek 5320G interesting is the size of 40mm and the dial. It has an incredible vintage yet modern feel at the same time. I love the contrast between the white gold case and the cream lacquer dial . It’s very clean for a perpetual calendar. The unique dial makes it a very wearable everyday watch, In most cases, especially with Patek, their perpetual calendar watches are styled for much dressier and formal occasions. It’s really nice to see them release a more utilitarian looking perpetual even if it is white gold.
I am not going to bore or overwhelm you with useless facts that you don’t care about. So lets get to it then! The dial has two windows next to each other under the Arabic numeral twelve which shows day of the week on the left and month on the right. There are two apertures at the bottom, one near the eight o’clock position and one between the four and five o’clock position. The one near the eight is a day night indicator and the one between the four and five is a leap year indicator. I know they are supposed to be legible but these apertures almost throw the balance of the dial out of whack! In between the four and five o’clock position, you have the days of the month with a moon phase complication which adds color and contrast .
The Arabic numerals are almost art deco but yet feel military. The numerals are white gold arabic which are applied and additional luminous dots at each hour, to match the hands. I love the syringe style hands. You don’t see that everyday. It gives it character.
The movement is called the caliber 324SQ – which you can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback. It highlights some 367 components and is finished to the level of the Patek Philippe seal which is quite well finished but lacks detail. It’s a very boring and straight forward looking movement for such a nice complication.
It’s fitted on a gorgeous hand stitched, shiny alligator strap which makes the watch warmer and richer than if it was fitted on a black alligator strap. The toughest pill to swallow for me is the price. At under $83k its was too expensive! For that kind of dough you can get a perpetual calendar watch from an in house manufacturer and several other watches. Regardless, I still can’t wait to see it live!