Baselworld 2014: Two ticking surprises provided by Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A-001

Who would have expected to see the Annual Calendar Chronograph in a steel case and to see such a cool Nautilus? Respect! Please click on “read more” to get full story…

 

The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A-001

When it was launched in 2006, the Annual Calendar Chronograph was Patek Philippe’s first self-winding chronograph. It had a platinum case and with its mono-counter as well as the three large calendar apertures, it defined a new benchmark style. Following four additional models in white, yellow, and rose gold, this latest version will come as a surprise.

The new Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A now ranks among Patek Philippe‘s very rare stainless steel models outside the casually exclusive Nautilus and Aquanaut lines.

The cool sheen of stainless steel imbues the watch with a masculine-functional look that is also underscored by the dial. The chronograph scale and the 12-hour counter scale are blackened appliques. Together with the applied hour markers and frames for the calendar apertures (day of week, date, month) in blackened gold, they create a striking 3D effect. The faceted hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova, the 12-hour counter hand, and the power-reserve hand are black as well.

Distinctive signal red was chosen for the chronograph hand and the hand of the 60- minute counter. The scales of the mono-counter have been reconfigured: The 12-hour counter scale is on the outside. The 0 to 30-minute and 30 to 60-minute scales are in the middle and inside, respectively. Apart from the above-mentioned functions, the new self-winding calibre CH 28-520 IRM QA 24 with column wheel and disk clutch also controls a day/night indicator at 6 o’clock. The new Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A is worn on a stainless steel bracelet with droplet-shaped links and a stainless steel fold-over clasp.

This latest stainless steel model supersedes all previous gold and platinum versions.

 

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A-001
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A-001
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A-001
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A-001

 

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6 Comments

  • The Steel Calendar is nice – it reminds me of the F.P. Journe Centigraphe, and it’s good to see Patek adding a bracelet to the collection. But the 5990 is a real step-up. I think the way they have integrated the pushers into the case at 9 o’clock without disturbing the look of the extant Genta design is a real accomplishment. Great reporting on BaselWorld 2014 so far Alex! Thank you.

  • Wow, truly great watches.
    The 5960/1A is a killer though. I am not going to sleep well tonight.
    I want it!

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