Seeing Green – BusinessWorld Online

(LR): PATEK 5270P, PATEK 7130-R and PATEK 4910

GREEN represents growth and new perspectives, and those seem to be reflected in pieces by Patek Philippe from its exhibition at Watches & Wonders 2022. The annual watch show in Geneva, which ended earlier this month, was relaunched after a two-year hiatus brought on by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. BusinessWorld was shown the storied watchmaker’s pieces during an online presentation late last month.

For 2022, the Ref. 5205R-011 – first launched in 2010 with two white gold versions – sports a refined olive-green dial, enlivened by a sunburst motif and by a black gradient around the rim. As with its older iterations, it displays day / date / month apertures arranged along the arc of a circle. The case is distinguished by its concave bezel, its hollowed flanks, and its skeletonized lugs. This refined architecture is entirely hand-polished by Patek Philippe’s artisans. A transparent sapphire crystal case back allows one to admire the watch movement – the self-winding Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H – equipped with the patented Patek Philippe Annual calendar mechanism requiring only one manual adjustment per year, at the end of the month of February . The website lists this piece at about P2.9 million.

It really looks like 1999 from the eyes of Ref. 4910 / 1200A-011 Twenty ~ 4. The Twenty ~ 4 was Patek Philippe’s first exclusively feminine collection. This particular piece sees the sunburst dial with an olive-green face, surrounded by 36 diamonds. This is powered by a Caliber E-15 quartz movement and is rendered in stainless steel. The new olive-green dial contrasts with the applied 12 and 6 o’clock numerals, the applied trapeze-shaped hour markers, and the rounded baton-style hands. The website lists this piece at P812,500.

Another ladies’ watch gets another touch-up: e Ref. 7130R-014 Ladies’ World Time, first launched in 2011. This watch allows one to keep track of time in all of the 24 time zones, thanks to the self-winding Caliber 240 HU. The movement was made ultra-thin to help keep the case extremely slim (with a height of 8.83 mm). Thanks to its city disk and its 24-hour disk (divided into day / night zones distinguished by their color and by the sun / moon symbols), this caliber simultaneously and permanently displays the time in all 24 time zones. This new edition sees it in rose gold, with a hand-guilloched basketweave motif in (of course) olive green. This green motif provides a background for the 62 diamonds on its bezel. A matching strap in the same color allows 27 diamonds on the prong buckle to shine as well, showing true elegance. The website lists this piece at P3.06 ​​million.

Finally, the green line is rounded out by the magnificent Ref. 5270P-014 Chronograph, rendered in platinum. This piece, part of the brand’s Grand Complications, comes with a perpetual calendar. The perpetual calendar display sees the date indicated by a hand and a moon phase at 6 o’clock, as well as a twin day / month aperture at 12 o’clock, complemented by two round apertures for the day / night indication and the leap -year cycle. This is shown on a lacquered green dial, black-gradient rim, and gold applied hour markers. This is powered by the Caliber CH 29-535 PS Q, allowing it to show an Instantaneous 30-minute counter, and a seconds subdial. This piece is pegged on the website for P11.19 million.

In the Philippine, Patek Philippe is sold by Lucerne. – Joseph L. Garcia

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