This is my deep insight into the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175

 

The round double-face case: a grand reversible construction

The term grand complication is used for movements that feature several highly elaborate complications. In analogy, the expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration. More than any other watch, this applies to the case of the Grandmaster Chime. It took four years to develop.

 

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The round double-face case: a grand reversible construction
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The round double-face case: a grand reversible construction

Now the same scenery shown in a short video I taped yesterday in Geneva at Patek Philippe HQ. The case of the watch shown to me by a watchmaker was not yet decorated… In fact it is one of the first working samples of the new Grandmaster Chime

 

 

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. The expression grande construction is justified for watchcases that require the utmost in creativity from master artisans specialized in design, completion, and decoration.

 

The result: the Grandmaster Chime is a round double-face watch that can be worn either way without compromise because it has two absolutely coequal dials. The secret lies in the lugs and the ingenious reversing mechanism, which is not only remarkably easy to operate but also firmly and dependably secures the case in the selected orientation. In the Grandmaster Chime, the hand of a master engraver who invests several hundred hours of work to decorate it ennobles the skills of the case makers. He adorns the rose-gold case with relief engravings of a special anniversary laurel foliage motif and with a sharp burin chisels the inscriptions and symbols that explain the functions of the operating elements into the case band, so that the complex timepiece can easily be operated without an instruction booklet. The laurel wreath is a symbol of triumph that since time immemorial has adorned the heads of victors and regents.

 

At Patek Philippe, it is reserved for the seven Grandmaster Chime timepieces that commemorate the manufacture’s 175th anniversary.

 

 

>>> Continue reading my deep insight into the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 on page 5 >>>

 

 

11 Comments

  • Many thanks Alex , this is the best watch I have ever seen ,and without you Alex we would have never seen it , Thanks again mate.

    Leon Marshall

  • It’s a very fabulous Watch! What about the feature Crown position indicator (RAH)?

    Regards
    Yours
    Max

  • this is an accomplishment of epic proportions. kudos to Thierry Stern and the entire Patek team. they have, once again, significantly raised the bar of haute horlogerie from every conceivable angle from concept design all the way through to case fabrication and assembly.

  • There is a saying, “We did it because we could.” The watch is a tour de force in its every aspect. As you say, “Chapeau!” The dimensions are small for all the mechanical complexity. The casework is of another era beautifully and deeply carved.
    I am still happy with PP Calatrava in 18K yellow gold.

    Thank you, Alexander!

  • Alex ,why are they giving out all the details of this unique watch ?
    It makes it easier for the competition to duplicate a similar piece

    • Though Patek Philippe is giving out all details of this truly awe-inspiring watch, how many watch brands have capability to create such a stunning timepiece?

      Well Roger, I think very few watch companies can create some watch that is similar to Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175. Maybe, Lange, JLC and Vacheron Constatin can create something like this.

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