For a couple of years now, Patek Philippe has been applying a rather surprising strategy, by offering a new, younger approach. Sometimes classic, sometimes contemporary, and at times rather tricky to comprehend, even occasionally controversial… This all began back in 2014 using the modern-looking stainless steel 5960/1A, followed later in 2015 with the initiation of the Calatrava Travel Time Pilot 5524G, a vintage-inspired watch, radically different from the classic conventional Patek collections. And if you mix both of these watches, you’ll end up with the 2017 Patek Philippe 5960/1a prezzo replica watch Chronograph Annual Calendar 5960/01g.
THE PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 5960
This reference is certainly amongst the most important modern Pateks… When it has always been well received and had always flown under the radar, it has to be reminded , when it arrived on the market, the 5960 was a large first for the new. Earlier this ref. 5960, at Patek, the calendar connected to a chronograph was a perpetual one (because the 1920s with the famous ref. 1518 to the true ref. 5270). But, Patek is also known for being the inventor of some other kind of quantième, the annual calendar, a hybrid between the exact simple date and the expensive and complex perpetual calendar.
So, Patek created a new idea: a calendar which will be (nearly) as functional as a QP but more secure, more simple, more dependable and largely, more reachable. In 1996, they patented a calendar opinion that demanded only 1 correction per year, in the transition from February to March, meaning that it was mechanically recognizing 30- and 31-day weeks. This complication was initially shown on the 18k yellow gold ref. 5035.
Afterwards, in 2006, Patek added this annual calendar for the very first time to a different complication, this time a chronograph. And as said, it was also the first time a chronograph was connected to some other calendar than a QP. This new combination was introduced on the Ref. 5960P-001 (platinum variant ), but this wasn’t the sole novelty on this watch. In reality, it was also the first ever self-winding chronograph developed and fabricated in house by Patek. It sports an annual calendar through three windows for your date, the day of this week and the month in the top half of the dial. In addition, it sports a day/night indicator positioned inside the monocounter at 6 combined with a power reserve indicator at 12.
Several variations, in white gold, rose gold or gold could be produced between 2006 and 2014, at which stage the precious metals have been replaced with stainless steel… The ref. 5960/1A was indeed getting rid of the silver or gold instances for a more common metal, together with a surprising (sudden, contentious ) dialup, in white and many with colored accents. A drastic change in the collection, and we would need to wait around for 2015 to find the annual calendar/chronograph mix coming back in precious metals, although using a new reference, the 5905p, using a bigger instance of 42mm (instead of 40.5mm). The 5960 continued its way from the current collection, using another black dial… till Baselworld 2017, when Patek attracted back white gold onto the model, and yet again a quite surprising design. That has been the 5960/01g, and here is our take on it.
Well, essentially, nothing fresh, as all the general attributes of the Ref. 5960 are back in their regular form. The case, even if now crafted in 18k white gold rather than stainless steel (after the white gold version was eliminated… I know, complicated story) is exactly the same as we have seen as 2006. The display is also perfectly identical to the steel variations of the 5960 and the movement, as you’ve guessed, can also be exactly the exact same calibre CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H (seriously, even BMW makes simpler names…) So, in fact, this new 5960/01g is just a cosmetic update… But one that is quite surprising in the details.
Overallthis new style makes a very interesting compromise between the very classical early editions of this watch (watch the 5960p below, with black dial) along with the possibly too stylish steel variations. Furthermore, the choice of leather befits quite well the watch and makes this Patek a bit younger, a bit wider. And that I will not complain about not having the fully polished metallic bracelet, as it’s overall quite shiny and overly visible.
In spite of this slight classic feel, the white gold 5960 holds onto some of its contemporary and sporty features, namely the highly contrasted white calendar windows along with chronograph scales (at 6), the large, directly and glowing hands, in addition to a few touches of crimson on the principal second hand along with the 30-minute counter. Surprisingly, if all of this is equal to both steel variations, the blue dial makes it more subtle, even as all of the colors and contrasts mix better in the global design.
Under the caseback is your famous calibre CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H. This was the very first incorporated automatic chronograph movement of Patek, and since its introduction, it has also made its way into the Nautilus (although with no calendar signs ). This motion has a contemporary architecture, with all the chronograph and the self-winding mechanism being completely part of the motion (rather than added on top of an existing motion, in a modular way). The chronograph features a flyback feature, and can be controlled by a column-wheel along with a vertical clutch. It has a 4Hz frequency and it boasts between 45-55 hours of power reserve, depending on how long the chronograph is kept operating.
Patek’s traditional finishing has been implemented, meaning polished bevelled angles, circular Geneva Stripes, polished screw-heads and slots along with circular graining on the primary plate. It is certified by the Patek Philippe 5960/1a black dial replica watches Seal, which also heightens the accuracy of the watch (typical of -3/+2 minutes per day). Each of the calendar indications, meaning the corrections for the afternoon, the date and the month, are done via recessed pushers placed on the left side of this case.
Overall, this Patek Philippe 5960 1a forum fake Chronograph Annual Calendar 5960/01g is nothing but a revolution — at first. In reality, it has to be seen as part of the”brand new Patek”, which creates a few counter tops which talks to younger, more active collectors. If the steel versions were slightly contentious and not adopted by most of Patek lovers, this new white gold version with blue dial feels considerably more familiar, and it keeps the usual PP elegance, together with a well-dosed classic touch and some contemporary and casual elements. Additional information on patek.com (check their new website…)