This year was the year of steel for Patek Philippe. Together with the massive surprise of this posh Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960/1, we have presented you with in a comprehensive hands-on informative article on the new Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref. 5990/1A, a complex edition of this Gerald Genta constructed icon. In addition to this tendency toward steel (which itself was an answer to several collectors’ requests) we should not forget that Patek’s specialities are dress and complex watches.
The Patek Philippe replica watches 5496P is not properly a new watch, as it had been presented at Baselworld 2011 with a white dial. Likewise, the movement and its quite unusual design is not specific to this reference, as the calibre 324 S QR was powering the 5159. It came with an officer case (meaning directly lugs with screws on both sides along with a hinged dust cover on the rear side), a guilloché dial with big Roman numbers and unusual hands. In 2011, the first variant of this 5496P was the soft and sober (possibly too sober) declination of the layout, using its Calatrava situation and pure dial layout. For 2014, Patek Philippe grand complications 5496p-014 replica watches brings back — with all the reserve we’ve come to anticipate from this new — a little eccentricity, a hot and pleasant colour dubbed’honey brown’.
The design itself can be considered a departure for a Patek Philippe, as we’re used to viewing Perpetual Calendars with 3 sub-dials (e.g., the iconic reference 5140). Don’t forget that we’re referring to a brand built around customs and classicism. What might constitute a total lack of creativity in another, younger brand needs to be taken within the context of a few of the very conservative — and profoundly respected — generates. Patek Philippe patek philippe 5496p replica watches review do not produce MB&Fs of Urwerks. They’re elegantly and soberly producing elegant and contemporary watches. So, in a sense, this layout is really less conservative than we have come to expect out of this revered brand.
At the lower part of the dial stays the moon-phase index, represented with a blue disc and silver printings for the stars and moon. The endless calendar’s information is displayed in 3 apertures: day at 9per month in 3 and jump year in 12. The date is indicated by a retrograde hand which moves backward to its original position between 4 and 7. Time is displayed by’dauphine’ palms in the centre of the dial.
When the very first Patek Philippe 5496P was released with its white dial, it was certainly a tasteful watch but seemed to have, possibly, a lack of temerity, a particular starkness. The new colour creates a warmer feeling without breaking the classical codes of the brand. The’honey brown’ dial is really less standard but it’s a great deal of charm. Playing with the light due to a sun-ray pattern — it extends out of a soft caramel tone to gilded reflections in the sun. No ostentation here, only an added dose of restrained creativity.
In the sapphire caseback (that is synonymous with a complete back) we can observe the motion and its pleasant design and pleasant finish. From these quite barbarous codes, we could deduce that it owns a sweep central second (hint: the S), a perpetual calendar (hint: the Q to get quantième — calendar in French) and a retrograde hand (hint: the R). The base motion, the Calibre 324, has a self winding mechanism with a fundamental rotorthat boasts 45 hours of power book and comes with the standard, but efficient, Gyromax balance wheel — a free sprung balance wheel manufactured by Patek Philippe nautilus 5496p-014 clone that retains an excellent chronometric pace. The endless calendar is a module inserted on top of the bottom movement. The total height of this’motor’ is, however, very fair at only 5.35mm.
The finish is of course based on everything you can always expect from Patek Philippe yupoo 5496p-014 fake watch : hand polished bevelled angles, Geneva Stripes on the bridges and circular graining on the main plate, glistening head screws and many gold chatons round the rubies. The strand from solid yellow gold is also very well completed, with curved Geneva Stripes plus a nice engraving. A high level of detail, as guaranteed by the Patek Philippe Seal (a sort of improved and in-house Geneva Seal).
The Patek Philippe 5496P-014 is a really elegant and classical watch for sure, but with a very small bit of eccentricity — due to its design and its own dial’s color — which we really love here in Monochrome-Watches. Far from being showy or unwearable, it is a warm and elegant watch that’s just complex enough to fulfill the image we all have of Patek Philippe.