On the occasion of “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017,” Patek Philippe has revealed nine new limited-edition watches, for men and ladies, including a totally new grand complication and a collection of rare handcrafted watches.
World Time Minute Repeater Ref. 5531 “New York 2017 Special Edition
he new Ref. 5531 is the first watch from Patek Philippe that combines the two complications that are most associated with the Geneva-based manufacture: a minute repeater and a world-time function. In bringing these complications together, Patek Philippe also managed to implement a horological innovation: Unlike other world time minute repeaters that acoustically indicate home time even when their owners are located at the other end of the world, the Ref. 5531 always strikes local time, which means the hour displayed by the hands from the center in that time zone represents the city aligned with the 12 o’clock position on the dial.
The new Ref. 5531 World Time Minute Repeater New York 2017 Special Edition consists of two editions of five pieces each – five with the “New York by Day” dial and five with the “New York by Night” dial. All watches have a sapphire crystal caseback with the engraved inscription “PATEK PHILIPPE NEW YORK 2017” as well as an interchangeable back in solid rose gold with the same engraving. Price: $561,341
Calatrava Pilot Ref. 5522 “New York 2017 Special Edition”
Cased in steel – rare for a watch outside the casually elegant collection – the grand taille Ref. 5522 Calatrava Pilot New York 2017 Special Edition comes in a limited edition of 600 watches and features an exclusive dial reminiscent of vintage Patek Philippe aviators’ watches. The large applied Arabic numerals in white gold and the broad baton hands in blued steel have a luminescent coating. The automatic caliber 324 S can be seen through the sapphire-crystal back decorated with the engraving “PATEK PHILIPPE NEW YORK 2017.” Price: $21,547
World Time Ref. 5230 “New York 2017 Special Edition”
Patek Philippe’s world time function also takes center stage in the Ref. 5230 New York 2017 Special Edition men’s wristwatch: The 300 watches of this limited series are powered by the self-winding caliber 240 HU movement. The watch comes with a white-gold case with a chamfered bezel and a dial with an opaline blue center: its embossed motif depicts the same Manhattan skyline that adorns the center of the Ref. 5531. The city disk and the 24-hour disk (with day/night segments) permanently display the time in all 24 time zones. The time zone can be adjusted by actuating the pusher at 10 o’clock. This simultaneously corrects the city disk, the 24-hour disk, and the hour hand from the center. Price: $47,000
Ladies’ Minute Repeater Ref. 7000/250 “New York 2017 Special Edition”
The Ref. 7000/250 New York 2017 Special Edition comes with a blue enamel dial with diamond hour markers. Its white-gold case features a “Flamme®” setting composed of 160 flawless Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.64 ct). This setting technique, proprietary to Patek Philippe, amplifies the radiance of the precious stones. The ultra-thin self-winding Caliber R 27 PS sounds the hours, quarter hours, and minutes on two gongs when the slide in the case flank is actuated.
Ladies’ World Time Ref. 7130 “New York 2017 Special Edition
The Ref. 7130 World Time New York 2017 Special Edition is available in two 75-timepiece editions, one in white gold, the other in rose gold. The relief-embossed skyline of New York adorns the opaline blue dial center just as on the Ref. 5230 men’s model. It comes with 62 flawless rare white Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.82 ct) complemented by 27 diamonds (~0.21 ct) on the prong buckle that secures the dark blue alligator leather strap. Price: $56,702