When it was launched in 2006, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph in platinum won instant acclaim. It was the manufacture's first self-winding chronograph, manifested a new and unique style with its prominent monocounter and three large calendar apertures, and quickly established itself as one of the most coveted timepieces of the Patek Philippe portfolio. The success story continued with further versions in platinum and rose gold. Now, the letter "A" in the model designation 5960/1A, which stands for acier —steel in French—, announces a paradigm change. The Annual Calendar Chronograph in stainless steel is not only the latest sibling of its lineage but will also replace all current gold and platinum versions. Therefore, this reference in platinum we are featuring here, is now officially discontinued.
Fitted with a stunning sunburst blue dial with white and red accents, this amazing annual calendar with chronograph features a day, date and month aperture on the top and a monocounter for the chronograph at the bottom of the dial with a small day and night indicator. Located right underneath the date indicator is the power reserve indicator.
The highly polished platinum case measuring 40.5 mm in diameter features three correctors on the left side to ease the setting of the annual calendar. In order to easily identify a platinum Patek Philippe 5960P from a white gold model, the watch features an encrusted diamond on the case at 6 o'clock. The Patek Philippe ref. 5960P is fitted with a robust and easy to use winding crown as well as the classic pump pushers. Overall, this watch is beyond exceptional and totally flawless.
Powered by the Patek Philippe calibre H 28-520 IRM QA 24H with flyback chronograph and annual calendar, this watch comes with a power reserve of 55 hours when fully wound and the movement is fully visible via the display case back.
Fitted with a black alligator strap with blue contrast stitching the watch wears quite comfortably. Its iconic Calatrava cross on the folding clasp rounds up the classic and elegant design of this timepiece.
On the wrist, the watch wears true to its size and with unparalleled wrist presence. This is for sure a watch that will be a conversation piece next time you are leading that important board meeting in Vevey, Switzerland. For those interested in finding one of these discontinued watches, the journey just began, but hurry up, because finding one will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
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