Live From Basel, The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Gains

Enjoying the day’s first meeting with Patek Philippe afforded not only time with the incredible 5270, but also a pleasant surprise courtesy of the sporty Aquanaut line. New for 2011 is the reference 5164, which sees the welcome addition of a dual time complication.

The familiar dial boasts a second hour hand, replica cartier Ballon Bleu hollowed out, for easy tracking of a second time zone. What you will not find is a 24 hour chapter ring upon which to track that second time zone. Instead, Patek has fixed two apertures flanking both sides replica Audemars Piguet uk of the dial, one labeled home, the other, local. These indicate either a white or black swatch, indicating am/pm. This reference proves effective at a glance, and we appreciate the resulting un-compromised dial design.

These unique features come thanks to a new automatic caliber, the 324 S C FUS, on display through the sapphire-crystal case back. At a touch over 40mm and sporting a composite strap, this is one Aquanaut sure to prove as wearable as it is practical. Price should be around $32,300.

Patek Philippe Introduces The Reference 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (LIVE PHOTOS)

Patek Philippe is known for many things, but if there was one combination of complications for which it is legendary, it is the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Beginning with the 1518 (explained in full HD-video here), these watches have come to define Patek.

Today, we saw the introduction of the Patek Philippe Reference 5270G, the first incarnation of the perpetual calendar chrono based on Patek’s own, in-house manufactured chronograph movement. This watch will, over time, phase out the famed Ref 5970, and marks an important landmark for the brand.

The manually wound movement features a central chronograph hand and instantaneous 30-minute counter. Day, month, leap year , and day/night indication are also present. The dial is silver opaline and the hour markers are black oxidized (a very cool look, btw).

The case is in white gold and sized at 41mm. Price will be around $155,700.

Update: Unique Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Sells for $710,500

Remember that unique Patek Philippe Minute Repeater we told you about two weeks back? You know, the one that was unlike any previous reference repeater the watch collecting world had ever seen. It came specially ordered with an oversized crown and slide, a unique dial, featured a caliber never known to exist, and it was retailed by Cartier? Well, it sold yesterday in New York for a pretty hefty chunk of change.

Lot 275 at Antiquorum’s March 2011 sale brought in over $710,000. Not bad for a watch that was described by the consignor as “the ugly watch in the drawer.” A historic watch, and a fitting price.

Click here to read more about this spectacular watch, and see it in a live video we filmed where you even get to hear it chime!


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