Recently, Xavier and I had the Joy to visit Patek Philippe’s manufacture, from the Situation and bracelet factory to the Haute Horlogerie ateliers. It is only once you’ve been there that it is possible to realize that something genuinely special is going on, especially at the HH workshop. Patek Philippe 5178g prezzo replica watches minute repeaters, which can be fabricated there, have always been known to be best-in-class. And believe me, they are. To understand why we had the rare chance to go hands-on with the most recent addition to this collection, the Patek Philippe 5178G — which is also the event to explain the idea of Cathedral Gongs and, of course, we have the noise also.
Relatively reasonable concerning proportions, according to a simple time-only display, revealing an elegant and thoroughly traditional case… There’s nothing to lead you to imagine that something very complicated ticks inside this watch. It’s for sure a very refined watch, but it does fly under the radar. If you pass in front of someone wearing this watch, you’ll probably only find a classic, dressy 3-hand watch. Until you detect the trigger on the left side of the case and the various details which compose the 5178G.
The Patek Philippe 5178G was introduced at Baselworld 2017, alongside a second watch, the 5078G. Both are second repeaters, both possess exactly the exact same dial, indexes and hands, both possess white gold cases with traditional Patek form. Both also are the genuine essence of what a minute repeater by Patek is. No additional complication and inside, the well-known automatic Calibre R 27. But, one is 38mm in diameter (the 5078G) and the other is 40mm in diameter (the 5178G), and it doesn’t have anything related to design matters. Compared to the 38mm edition, the movement Patek Philippe 5178 g minute repeater replica watches 5178G requires more space for a very simple reason: interior are cathedral gongs (we will return later in the content on that subject ) whereas the 5078G has standard gongs.
Then comes the dial. It feels 100% Patek. The combination of Breguet hands and Breguet numerals is as discreet and pleasant as the rest of the watch. Yet, as usual with Patek, a glance under a magnifier — or a look at our macro photographs — let look the great details of the numerals, which can be individually crafted in stone, polished and implemented on the dial by hand. The dial itself, as indicated at using the”email” inscription, is created in grand-feu tooth (“email” means tooth in French). Presented within an off-white colour, its surface is perfectly polished and it’s this unique milky impact that only enamel can bring.
Since the earliest days of the fabrication, back in 1839, chiming watches are produced. Nonetheless, in terms of wristwatches, things are somewhat different. The very first moment repeater wristwatch Patek ever created dates back to 1925 — with a motion provided by Victorin Piguet. However, production was confidential and mostly based on commission watches. It’s just in 1989 which Patek Philippe 5178g-001 imitation watch brought back the idea of the second repeater wristwatch to the table, with that the 150th-anniversary benchmark 3974, a chiming watch with perpetual calendar made for its Jubilee collection. This view introduced the Calibre R 27, which foundation is still utilized in present minute repeaters.
The calibre R 27 feels rather familiar at first, using its micro-rotor. It’s some of the famous calibre 240. Still, the only common point is this micro-rotor, as the remainder is specific… including the decoration of this movement. When it comes to Patek Philippe replica watches , we had to complain about completing and execution of this motion. But with minute repeaters, we go several steps further. The decoration really is exquisite and completed by hand.
What about cathedral gongs? They differ from classic gongs concerning their length. Cathedral gongs wrap around the motion using a length equal to nearly two circumferences and are consequently twice as long as standard ones. The end result is a rich tone with a specially long reverberation (you are going to hear in the movie below). But, cathedral gongs are also a lot more complex to shape. Since the gongs are only secured at one end, it is very difficult to drape them around the movement twice without touching the case, the motion, or each other. The problem has been overcome with a helical arrangement of those 2 gongs and with recesses in the case.
Since I’ve begun writing about watches, I had the opportunity to follow probably 20 or 30 different moment repeaters. I must admit that it is a joy to see the hammers working on the back and also to listen to the songs produced by the gongs. However, few gave me as much pleasure as this Patek Philippe 5178G prix clone . On some, I found the noise to be quite poor (a lack of harmonics and reverberation). On some, it was the speed at which the hammers struck the gongs which wasn’t well regulated (the speed was too fast or too slow, or perhaps disagrees when striking the hours or the quarters). But, the noise was simply not loud enough. Nonetheless, this is very personal and must be regarded as a subjective opinion.
However, since you can judge by yourself using the brief video above (sorry for the bad quality of the image), the audio of this Patek Philippe 5178G is wealthy, full of harmonics, profound and thoroughly musical — once more, to my opinion. I discovered here the pace to be simply great and the result was not only wealthy but also very loudly — this brief movie has been recorded in the Geneva Salons, with ambient sound. I’d place this watch in my own top 3, especially due to the abundance of its own sound. Yet, keep in mind that not 1 minute repeater will sound the same as another, and much more, not even two 5178G will sound exactly the same.
In general, it’s difficult not to be impressed by this Patek Philippe 5178G Minute Repeater. It is a genuine exercise of discretion and elegance, as well as being an exceptional mechanical creation. To me, this really is Patek at its best. Also, the brand’s standing concerning minute repeaters is not overused. The sound generated by this view — and also to be precise, the present illustration of this watch — is excellent. And in addition to that, you’ll have to be patient if you want one, as minute repeaters in Patek are often made to order… More details on