A BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF COMPLICATIONS
“Grandes complications” are one of the renowned Genevan brand Patek Philippe’s specialities. This year the Grand Complication 5316P-001 has grabbed our attention!
One of Patek Philippe’s strengths is its signature classic watch designs and there’s no denying that the independent Genevan watch brand also specialises in designing “grandes complications”. The Grand Complications 5316P-001 is no different and captures both these features.
Just some of the complications in this timepiece are the minute repeater, tourbillon, alarm with two gongs (trigger mechanism built into the case), perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand, moon phase, small seconds hand and a display for the days at 9, months at 3 and leap years at 12. We should mention that leap years appear with the Roman numeral IV or Arabic 4.
The square-scaled alligator strap is hand-sewn and its glossy black hue is one that we’re not used to seeing on our wrists but fits in beautifully with the lugs and case on the Grande Complication 5316P-001. The black enamel dial with gold applied markers is hugged by a 40.2mm case whose 18 carat gold plaque makes the timepiece shine even brighter. It houses a mechanical manual-wind movement that’s 8.61mm thick and beats at 21,600 vph. It is honoured by the brand as it is engraved with the Patek Philippe seal.
Price: on request patek.com
By Isabelle Guignet