Something we didn’t think would ever happen was for Larry Petinelli to ever leave Patek Philippe USA after serving as President of Patek Philippe USA —The Henri Stern Watch Agency, Inc.— for more than a decade. Today, Patek Philippe USA announced the promotion of Lisa Jones to President of The Henri Stern Watch Agency, Inc—the exclusive American importer and distributor for Patek Philippe in the USA. Prior to joining Patek Philippe 15 years ago, Ms. Jones served as the Vice President and Marketing Director for Antiquorum during almost six years.
Eye Candy: Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 4978/400G Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie. Set with 770 Diamonds.
The Patek Philippe ref. 4978 Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie is now available in a new 18K white gold design with a slightly larger diameter, increased from 33.3 mm to 36.5 mm. As a result, the distinctive diamond embellishments orbiting the case like gymnasts’ twirling ribbons and the spiraling circles of graduated diamonds adorning the dial make an even greater impression. Beneath this radiant exterior beats the automatic calibre 240 enabling the watch to maintain its slim, elegant profile.
Joining three other World Time watches available from Patek Philippe comes the new ref. 5231J in yellow gold. in 2016, Patek Philippe presented the new World Time ref. 5230 replacing all previous models. The changes at the time included subtly reworking the case, the dial, and the hand designs. Two years ago, Patek Philippe released the World Time ref. 5131P in platinum with rice bead platinum bracelet and the watch was an absolute success. Now, this year at Baselworld 2019, the 5231J in 5N yellow gold joins its siblings the 5231G and 5231R in 5N white and rose gold respectively.
Four years after the polarizing release of the Patek Philippe Travel Time ref. 5524G, the brand has decided to dive into the grand complication waters with the Travel Time model and has now unveiled for Baselworld 2019 a grand complication that adds a 24-hour alarm mechanism while displaying the time to which the alarm is set on a double aperture in a digital manner. The alarm signal is struck by a hammer on a classic gong and to make this possible, Patek has developed a totally new integrated movement with four patent applications filed for the alarm mechanism. The new Patek Philippe Alarm Travel Time ref. 5520P is the result of five years of research and development.
This year a brand new complication for Patek Philippe as they present the new Calatrava Weekly Calendar ref. 5212A-001 with a semi-integrated mechanism displaying the current week number, in addition to the day and date. A particularly useful feature for the modern businessman. This stainless steel Calatrava Weekly Calendar with a 40 mm case also houses a completely new automatic movement with optimized performance. Patek Philippe has developed a broad spectrum of calendar functions, from the simple aperture date to the extremely complex secular perpetual calendar that is pre-programmed into the 28th century. The patented Annual Calendar, launched in 1996, triggered a small revolution as a full calendar that only needs to be corrected once a year on March 1. In 2013.
The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Regulator ref. 5235G-001 was the first Patek Philippe regulator watch from this manufacture released in 2012 and discontinued in 2018. Today, at Baselworld 2019 Patek Philippe revisits the unique style of its Annual Calendar Regulator by presenting it in rose gold, paired with a two-tone dial in graphite and ebony-black with a vertical satin finish. This exceptional timepiece fitted with a 40.5 mm white gold case and an in-house movement, is pure perfection at its best. Not one of the most popular references from Patek, nonetheless an amazing piece we are happy to see back.
After the retiring of the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5726/1A with grey and white dial on bracelet, comes a new iteration of one of our favorite Nautilus watches.The Patek Philippe Nautilus was conceived using the universal shape of a porthole found on most maritime vessels and released just four years after the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was launched in 1972. The Nautilus Annual Calendar with Moon Phase ref. 5726 is now available in stainless steel with a gorgeous blue dial very similar in hue to that of the Nautilus ref. 5711/1A. and on alligator strap with the black grey dial. The new blue dial is a true chameleon that changes in hue depending on lighting conditions —see pics below.
After the success of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G with blue dial released in 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut —full history of this model here—, now comes another Aquanaut in 18K white gold but this time with a khaki green dial and strap under ref. 5168-010. This new reference 5168G fitted with a 42.2 mm case —2.2 mm bigger than reference 5167 and still powered by the same automatic calibre 324 S C powering the Aquanaut ref. 5167 we reviewed here. The watch is simply amazing in person and one that we absolutely loved.
Insider: Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5905P. This is Patek in its Full Form and Expression.
Released in 2015, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5905P in platinum quickly became one of the hottest watches and a grail watch for many. Available in two dial variations —blue or black—this is a perfectly designed Patek featuring a solid platinum case —with a total weight of 130.3 grams to be precise— that even at 42 mm in diameter, it’s not too big nor too small. As far as its complications, the Patek Philippe ref. 5905P is equipped with an annual calendar and a 60-minute chronograph. Even though the annual calendar automatically takes into account the differing lengths of individual months it is still unable to factor in the differing length of the month of February or the leap years like a Perpetual Calendar would.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus is a watch that needs little introduction. Launched in 1976, quickly became a legendary and iconic watch just like every other watch designed by Gerald Genta. Perhaps Genta was gifted with the 'Midas Touch' or maybe he was just the biggest visionary the horological world has had so far. Either way, the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5711 is one of the sexiest watches out there, specially in its 18K rose gold version with matching integrated bracelet.
Insider: Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar ref. 5740/1G-001. A Flawless Execution of a Very Long Awaited Complication for the Nautilus Line.
The most awaited complication for the Patek Philippe Nautilus collection was for sure the new perpetual calendar ref. 5740 that was released earlier this year at Baselworld 2018 and we brought you the news here. While we already told you almost everything about this new watch at the time we published our Baselworld news, we had a second opportunity to peruse and admire the watch —while shooting the cover for the third issue of our print magazine— a couple of months ago and because of that we have some new things we would like to share with you.
News: Presenting the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic Collection. A Stylish Companion for the Life of Modern, Active Women.
In 1999, Patek Philippe responded to the expectations of a young, dynamic generation with the very feminine Twenty-4 that became resoundingly successful. Its unusual name reflects the fact that it was a perfect companion for any time of day or night. The manchette watch was endowed with a quartz movement —except the 2003 ‘Haute Joaillerie’ model with a manually wound mechanical movement—; it came in various stainless steel versions and in gold as well. Nearly 20 years after the debut of the Twenty-4 manchette watch that became a paragon of timeless feminine elegance, Patek Philippe is fulfilling a wish expressed by many discerning style-conscious women.
Insider: Patek Philippe Minute Repeaters. History, Explanation and 10 Facts You Need to Know About Them.
The history of Patek Philippe and Minute Repeaters is a long one. A couple of years ago, we had the opportunity to participate in the Minute Repeater Training and Sound Tasting class at Patek Philippe in New York City. For those of you wondering if Patek invented the Minute Repeater, the answer is no. It was Daniel Quare who invented the repetition mechanism in 1680; however, when it comes to Minute Repeaters, we all have to agree that no one other than Patek Philippe makes the most classical, elegant and perfect sounding timepieces equipped with the king of all complications.
Rare Bird: Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5960P. A Discontinued Classic Complication.
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. With the release of the stainless steel reference 5960/1A —which you can read about it here— in 2014, the platinum model was officially discontinued.
From the Editor: When a Just Serviced Sealed Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A is Selling for $50K in the Secondary Market. My Thoughts.
It is no secret that Patek Philippe is one of my favorite brands and one that I am proud to wear frequently. In the last two years, we've seen the secondary market prices for Patek Philippe timepieces skyrocket like never before and it looks like this trend is not going anywhere. While Patek Philippe makes incredibly well made timepieces and most of their references are living icons of fine watchmaking, the current prices in the secondary market for the Nautilus ref. 5711/1A are just way out of control and have finally reached an unrealistic level. No matter how bad I want a watch, it is a matter of principle for me to not pay above retail.
Insider: Patek Philippe Ladies Aquanaut Luce Misty Blue ref. 5067A-025. A Blue Greyish Dial and Strap Like No Other.
The Patek Philippe Ladies Aquanaut Luce ref. 5067 was launched in 2004 and since then, it has been a very successful watch for Patek Philippe. Named 'luce' —Italian word for light— after its 46-diamond encrusted bezel that seems to light up like a light, the 35.6 mm case available in stainless steel or gold is perfectly sized to adorned the wrist of most ladies. With a sporty yet elegant look and the iconic embossed Aquanaut dial, the new Aquanaut Luce Misty Blue ref. 5067A-025 features one of the most unique colors as a perfect addition to the already diverse variety of dials and straps available for this model.
The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Regulator ref. 5235G-001 is the first Patek Philippe regulator watch from this manufacture. This exceptional timepiece fitted with a 40.5 mm white gold case and an in-house movement, is pure perfection at its best. Released six years ago at Baselworld 2012, surprisingly this timepiece is not one of the most popular references from Patek and nowadays is not even commanding a price premium but the complete opposite. As most of you know, a 'régulateur' a.k.a a regulator, is a watch with non-coaxial hour and minute hands, which means, that the hour and minute hands do not share the central pinion position on the dial but are independently placed.
Rare Bird: Patek Philippe World Time ref. 5130R-020 Munich Edition. A Limited Edition of 25 Pieces Honoring Bavaria.
Every once in a while we run into rare, spectacular watches like this one. This rare bird is one of the most exclusive limited editions issued by Patek Philippe in the last years. Yes, we are talking about the Patek Philippe World Time ref. 5130R-020 Munich Edition. This fascinating watch, launched in 2014 to celebrate the Munich exhibition, was produced in limited quantities of 25 pieces in 18K white gold and 25 in 18K rose gold and only available for sale in Germany. The Patek Philippe World Time ref. 5130R Munich Edition is fitted with a white dial with special 'guilloché' center featuring the same pattern as the Bavarian flag since Munich is the capital of Bavaria. Additionally, the 24-city ring highlights the time zone for Munich in light blue —the same color utilized in the flag of Bavaria. This rare bird is powered by the same calibre 240 HU as the regular production ref. 5130 and is a watch that you will rarely see in the wild.
Insider: Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref. 5990/1A. Hands-on with the Perfect Travel Companion.
Presented during Baselworld 2014 as we reported it here, but already an icon within the Nautilus collection in just a couple of years, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref. 5990/1A brings the best in design and functionality from the legendary manufacture from Geneva. The latest complication within the Nautilus line is the perfect travel companion thanks to its sophisticated Travel Time function that indicates the time in two different time zones at a single glance.
Insider: Patek Philippe ref. 5270P in Platinum with Salmon Colored Dial. Hands-on with a Grail Like No Other.
The Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5270 was originally launched at Baselworld 2011 to replace the iconic Patek reference 5970. Some of the main differences between the ref. 5970 and the ref. 5270 include a bigger case measuring now 41 mm vs. 39 mm on the ref. 5970 and an in-house movement powering the ref. 5270 instead of the Lemania 2310-based CH27 calibre in the ref. 5970. Additionally, there are some other changes on the dial of the ref. 5270G-018 when compared to its predecessor.