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Patek Philippe Grand Complications 5270G-001
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Every once in a while we run out of superlatives to describe a watch. On the other hand, do we need to say more than that this is the first-ever Patek Philippe Grand Complications with a completely in-house movement?Patek perpetual calendar chronographs are among the most coveted and collectible watches one can get. These ultra-complicated watches have been an integral part of the Patek catalogue ever since the legendary ref. 1518 was introduced in 1941. The introduction of the newest iteration, the ref. 5270, in 2011 was an important moment since it was the first Patek perpetual calendar chronograph to use a movement that was designed and manufactured from start to finish by Patek Philippe.This 5270G from 2011 features a large 41mm 18k white gold case that gives plenty of space for the dial to shine. This 5270G-001 is a first-series execution that was only made in 2011 and 2012. These first-series dials have no tachymeter scale, instead showing a track with 1/5th of a second hash marks so that the chronograph hand can be read as accurately as possible and a second inner closed railroad minute track. These first-series dials also feature unique black oxidized-gold feuille (leaf) hands and matching black oxidized-gold baton markers, which were changed to regular white gold hands and markers on the second-series dials. These details give these early executions a sleek look and superb dial legibility, compared to the more classic and cluttered aesthetics of later variations.The dial lay-out is a testament to timeless design. Two rectangular apertures below the 12 o’clock position reveal the day and month, while the 30-minute totalizers and running seconds are displayed on the sub-dials at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, respectively. Meanwhile, the third sub-dial at the bottom half of the dial reveals a lovely moonphase indicator surrounded by the date function. FInally, two small apertures at the 4:30 and 7:30 positions reveal the leap-year indicator and day/night indicator, respectively.As the watch is turned upside down, the display case back gives way to the superlatively hand-finished in-house manual winding split-seconds caliber. Just one glance at all the intricate layers of this movement explains why it took Patek so many decades to release its first in-house chronograph movement.Even though the yellow gold, pink gold, and platinum versions of the 5270 are still part of the Patek catalogue, the white gold 5270G was discontinued completely in 2017. That makes this first-series execution in white gold from the first year of production all the more special.The watch comes on a black alligator leather Patek strap with an 18k white gold Patek deployant buckle, as well as the original box and papers.
Patek PhilippePatek Philippe’s ultra exclusive timepieces have usually been reserved for the lucky few. Its mechanical masterpieces were traditionally made from precious metals and worn by an elegant lady or gentleman.
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