Baselworld is the world’s largest and most prestigious trade fair for the watchmaking industry, attended each year by the most important manufacturers of watches. Every time Patek Philippe amazes with its latest models and this year is no exception.
2017 is no ordinary year but is in fact the 20th anniversary of Aquanaut, and Patek is celebrating it with the release of two new pieces: the Ref. 5168G, a white gold watch with a 42mm diameter, and the Ref. 5650 ‘Patek Philippe Advanced Research’, a limited edition of 500 watches endowed with the latest technical advances of the Patek Philippe Advanced Research program launched over 15 years ago. But this year is also the 40th anniversary of the ultra-thin self-winding Caliber 240. Patek’s tribute to this is the new Calatrava ‘Squelette’ Ref. 5180/R: a skeletonized watch made of pink gold which throws into relief as never before its internal mechanisms.
Also new is the perpetual calendar, Ref. 5320G, a wonderful model inspired by its classical predecessors of the 1940s and 1950s. The perpetual calendar is a complicated mechanism that allows it to indicate the date, regardless of whether the month has 28, 30 or 31 days, and also recognizing February 29 every four years.
Last but not least, Patek has crafted in small series the Calatrava ‘Azulejos’ Ref. 5089G, whose dials reproduce in miniature the Azulejos, the famous painted and enameled tiles widespread in Portugal and southern Spain.
The photo gallery includes a selection of the latest models presented in Basel.
Basel, March 28 2017