6 New Patek Philippe For The Tokyo Grand Exhibition13 June 2023
After Dubai in 2012, Munich in 2013, London in 2015, New York in 2017 and Singapore in 2019, Patek Philippe chose Tokyo for its sixth grand exhibition. From 10 to 25 June 2023, the public and devotees may immerse themselves in the world of the last remaining independent family-owned Genevan watch manufacture. Here they will discover a decor of more than 2,500 square meters transporting them to the atmosphere of the streets of Geneva and the lakeside and taking them behind the scenes of Patek Philippe itself. The largest exhibition ever organized by the manufacture, this event is accompanied by the launch of six limited editions showcasing several areas in which it excels: the Grand Complications, with a new Quadruple Complication making its global debut and an exclusive version of the World Time Minute Repeater; the complications useful in everyday life, with the first World Time wristwatch endowed with a date display synchronized with local time; the ladies’ complications, including a refined reinterpretation of the Moon Phase model; and the classics of timeless elegance, with a pair of Calatrava models featuring a sleek new case.
QUADRUPLE COMPLICATION REF. 5308P-010 LIMITED EDITION TOKYO 2023
Launched as a world premiere in a limited edition of 15 watches, the new self-winding Reference 5308P-010 unites a minute repeater, a split-seconds chronograph and an instantaneous perpetual calendar in apertures.
This timepiece for connoisseurs has its origins in the Triple Complication Reference 5208 (2011), with minute repeater, chronograph and instantaneous perpetual calendar. The addition of a split-seconds mechanism, a voracious consumer of energy, posed a formidable challenge. The new caliber R CHR 27 PS QI movement (799 parts), with a platinum mini-rotor increasing the winding power, is distinguished by two patented innovations reducing energy consumption with regard to the clutch and the split seconds. The monopusher chronograph has 60- minute and 12-hour counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock respectively. The split-seconds hand is controlled by its own pusher at 4 o’clock. The instantaneous perpetual calendar ensures the advance of the disks in 30 milliseconds in the 3 apertures for the day, date and month arranged along an arc and in the leap-year aperture, on the rose-gilt opaline dial. The fully polished 42mm platinum case is distinguished by its pierced lugs. It is worn on a strap in shiny chocolate brown alligator leather, secured by a platinum fold-over clasp
The watch is delivered with two interchangeable case backs: one in sapphire crystal adorned with the transfer-printed inscription “Patek Philippe Tokyo”, the other in solid platinum engraved with the same wording.
WORLD TIME MINUTE REPEATER REF. 5531R-014 LIMITED EDITION TOKYO 2023
This limited edition of 15 watches stands out by its dial center adorned with a tiny masterpiece of rare handcraftsmanship –a Grand Feu cloisonné enamel decoration representing the historic Chuo district in the center of Tokyo. The name “Tokyo” appears in red on the city disk.
Launched in 2017, Reference 5531 made its mark as the first minute repeater that always chimes the local time; that is, the time in the time zone selected at the 12 o’clock position and displayed by the center hands. Patek Philippe equipped it for that purpose with the new self-winding caliber R 27 HU, notable for its original, patented construction. The local time is displayed by a pierced hour hand in rose gold, its silhouette inspired by the Southern Cross constellation. The 452-part movement resides in an elegant 40.2 mm rose-gold caseits case band and minute-repeater slide embellished with a hand-guilloched “Clous de Paris”, or hobnail, motif.
The watch is worn on a strap in shiny brown hand-stitched alligator leather secured by a fold-over clasp in rose gold. It is delivered with two interchangeable case backs, one in sapphire crystal adorned with the transfer-printed inscription “Patek Philippe Tokyo”, the other in solid rose gold engraved with the same wording.
WORLD TIME REF. 5330G-010 LIMITED EDITION TOKYO 2023
Issued in a limited edition of 300 watches, this new World Time model is endowed with a patented world first: a date display synchronized with local time – that of the time zone selected at the 12 o’clock position and displayed by the center hands.
To offer this exclusive function, Patek Philippe developed a new movement, the ultra-thin self-winding caliber 240 HU C, featuring an innovative, patented differential system (70 parts) enabling it to manage the date of the local time. The plum-colored dial is embellished with a hand-guilloched center. The date is displayed on the beveled flange of the dial by a center hand in glass with a red tip. The name “Tokyo” appears in red on the city disk. On the 24-hour disk, which is subdivided into day/night zones, a red rising sun, Japan’s national emblem, replaces the classic sun symbol. An ingenious mechanism patented in 1999 enables the user to correct all the World Time displays, including the date, simultaneously in one-hour steps, by a simple pressure on the pusher located at 10 o’clock.
The fully polished 40 mm white-gold case presents curved two-tier fluted lugs. It is worn on a strap in shiny black alligator leather with plum-colored hand stitching, secured by a fold-over clasp in white gold. The sapphire-crystal back is adorned with the transfer-printed inscription “Patek Philippe Tokyo”.
LADIES’ MOON-PHASE REF. 7121/200G-010 LIMITED EDITION TOKYO 2023
A new version of the model launched in 2022, this limited edition of 200 watches is recognizable by the elegant shade of pearl gray gracing the dial and the alligator-leather strap. The dial shimmers with a sunburst beneath applied Breguet numerals and poire-style hands, all in white gold. The moon-phase display deviates by merely one day in 122 years in relation to the true lunar cycle. Encircling the dial in two staggered rows, 132 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.09 ct) showcase the exclusive “Lace” setting.
The classic 33 mm round Calatrava case in white gold is interpreted in the Officer’s style with rounded flanks and straight lugs with screwed strap bars. At the heart of this jewelry watch beats the caliber 215 PS LU manually wound mechanical movement – the smallest complicated movement made by Patek Philippe. The transparent sapphire-crystal back bears the transfer-printed inscription “Patek Philippe Tokyo”.
CALATRAVA REF. 6127G-010 AND 7127-010
Available on the Japanese market since the end of 2022, these two limited editions continue the tradition of “pair watches”. They are endowed with an entirely new Calatrava case featuring two-tier fluted and beveled lugs – its sleek, timeless lines in harmony with the Japanese sense of refinement. Baton-style applied hour markers and cheveu-style hands, all in white gold, enhance the dial’s minimalist aesthetic.
The men’s Reference 6127G-010 (diameter 36 mm) features a dial in light-blue lacquer and a matching shiny alligator-leather strap, while the dial and strap of the ladies’ Reference 7127G-010 (diameter 31 mm) are in a delicate lilac shade. The white-gold cases are polished throughout and their backs adorned with the engraved inscription “Patek Philippe – Tokyo”. They house the caliber 215 PS manually wound movement, the manufacture’s smallest mechanical caliber. These two editions are limited to 400 watches each, of which 300 are sold as a set in a double presentation box for the two watches, while 100 may be acquired separately.