We always look forward to seeing Patek Philippe’s novelties and, this year, the house has once again come up trumps. Among several highlights, the brand has introduced a new complication to its calendar watches: the weekly calendar, as exemplified by the new Ref 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar timepiece for gents.
As its name suggests, the steel 40mm watch is capable of displaying the current week number in addition to the day and date – a feature clearly designed with businesspeople in mind. These are displayed around the edge of the silver opaline dial using exclusive letters and numerals that recall handwritten characters.
Blue dials are still a hugely popular choice among horology lovers, and Patek Philippe has listened, adding a new blue dial to its steel Nautilus that takes inspiration from the shade seen on the original, and hugely iconic, model launched in 1976. The new Ref 5726 Nautilus has a 40.5mm case with the signature porthole construction and rounded octagonal bezel. Inside beats an automatic movement, which powers an annual calendar and a moonphase display. Look closely and you’ll note that the blue dial gradates to black towards the edge of the dial. It’s a stunning sporty timepiece and we think it will do very well when it arrives in our stores.
Patek Philippe has also repackaged its most classic chronograph movement – a hand-wound movement consisting of purely a column wheel and horizontal clutch – with the new Ref 5172G in 18-carat white gold. This exquisite 41mm timepiece has a blue varnished dial offset with gold applied numerals coated in highly visible SuperLumiNova, and a tachymeter scale. The matching blue calfskin strap with white contrast stitching taps into the blue-on-blue trend, while the sapphire-crystal box-glass gives it a real vintage look.