This time we present you another one of Patek Philippe's novelties from Baselworld 2014 and one of our absolute favorites. The Patek Philippe Retrograde Perpetual Calendar ref. 5496 is now presented with a beautiful honey brown dial. This amazing grand complication fitted with a platinum case measuring 39.5 mm in diameter features a retrograde perpetual calendar with day, month and leap year indicator in apertures at 9, 3 and 12 o'clock respectively, a retrograde date ring with hand indicator and moon phases at 6 o'clock. Rounding out the elegant look of this timepiece the watch comes with a hand-stitched shiny brown alligator strap with fold-over clasp. Perhaps the biggest difference between this dial and the silvery dial on its predecessor —besides the obvious color difference—, is the engraving below the moon phase aperture that completes a full circle.
This Patek Philippe ref. 5496 is fitted with the automatic Patek calibre 324 S QR composed of 361 parts, 30 jewels, 9 bridges and which provides a power reserve of 45 hours when fully wound. The calibre is fully visible via the display case back but the watch is provided with an interchangeable back to go from full back to display case back.
This new Patek Philippe ref. 5496 with honey brown dial is one that for sure will become a popular watch amongst Patek collectors. The beauty of its new dial and the magnificent complication housed inside this watch create a perfect 'haute horlogerie' symphony for perpetual calendar lovers.
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