A BLUE FEAST FOR THE EYES
With the 5372P-001, Patek Philippe blends its magnificent split-second chronograph calibre and perpetual calendar with one of its most beautiful platinum cases.
This is the story of an encounter. Between a prestigious movement and a platinum watch case of a rare elegance, designed in 2015. Although its width is far from imposing (38.5mm), its curves, concave bezel and hollowed, satin sides attracted watchmakers who decided to place inside it a manual-wind calibre and its 476 components, along with split-seconds monopusher chronograph complications and a perpetual calendar. A challenge? Perhaps, but this is Patek Philippe!
And so this association has taken shape this year with the 5372P-001 model. The link between the famous calibre CHR 27-525 PS Q and the watch case is given material form with a sublime, light-filled, sun-blue dial made on an 18-carat gold plate. Days, months, leap years and a day/night indication are displayed in discreet counters. A hand points to the date in a disc at 6 o’clock, while the chronograph counters are at 3 and 9 o’clock. Above the crown, a single monopusher shows how measuring short time intervals using the chronograph can be carried out in perfect simplicity with a single press of the button.
Despite the watch’s small size and the large amount of information on the dial, readability is close to perfection. Certain marvellous developments illustrate Mark Twain’s famous saying, “They did not know it was impossible, so they did it“. For the watchmakers at Patek Philippe, their expertise most certainly guided this association and resulted in a marriage of convenience, because the in-house spirit truly presides over this model!
Price: 473 250 EUR patek.com
By Dan Diaconu