GREEN represents growth and new perspectives, and those seem to be reflected in pieces by Patek Philippe from its exhibition at Watches & Wonders 2022. The annual watch show in Geneva, which ended earlier this month, was relaunched after a two-year hiatus brought on by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. BusinessWorld was shown the storied watchmaker’s pieces during an online presentation late last month.
For 2022, the Ref. 5205R-011 — first launched in 2010 with two white gold versions — sports a refined olive-green dial, enlivened by a sunburst motif and by a black gradient around the rim. As with its older iterations, it displays day/date/month apertures arranged along the arc of a circle. The case is distinguished by its concave bezel, its hollowed flanks, and its skeletonized lugs. This refined architecture is entirely hand-polished by Patek Philippe’s artisans. A transparent sapphire crystal case back allows one to admire the watch movement — the self-winding Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H — equipped with the patented Patek Philippe Annual calendar mechanism requiring only one manual adjustment per year, at the end of the month of February. The website lists this piece at about P2.9 million.
It really looks like 1999 from the eyes of Ref. 4910/1200A-011 Twenty~4. The Twenty~4 was Patek Philippe’s first exclusively feminine collection. This particular piece sees the sunburst dial with an olive-green face, surrounded by 36 diamonds. This is powered by a Caliber E-15 quartz movement and is rendered in stainless steel. The new olive-green dial contrasts with the applied 12 and 6 o’clock numerals, the applied trapeze-shaped hour markers, and the rounded baton-style hands. The website lists this piece at P812,500.
Another ladies’ watch gets another touch-up: e Ref. 7130R-014 Ladies’ World Time, first launched in 2011. This watch allows one to keep track of time in all of the 24 time zones, thanks to the self-winding Caliber 240 HU. The movement was made ultra-thin to help keep the case extremely slim (with a height of 8.83 mm). Thanks to its city disk and its 24-hour disk (divided into day/night zones distinguished by their color and by the sun/moon symbols), this caliber simultaneously and permanently displays the time in all 24 time zones. This new edition sees it in rose gold, with a hand-guilloched basketweave motif in (of course) olive green. This green motif provides a background for the 62 diamonds on its bezel. A matching strap in the same color allows 27 diamonds on the prong buckle to shine as well, showing true elegance. The website lists this piece at P3.06 million.
Finally, the green line is rounded out by the magnificent Ref. 5270P-014 Chronograph, rendered in platinum. This piece, part of the brand’s Grand Complications, comes with a perpetual calendar. The perpetual calendar display sees the date indicated by a hand and a moon phase at 6 o’clock, as well as a twin day/month aperture at 12 o’clock, complemented by two round apertures for the day/night indication and the leap-year cycle. This is shown on a lacquered green dial, black-gradient rim, and gold applied hour markers. This is powered by the Caliber CH 29-535 PS Q, allowing it to show an Instantaneous 30-minute counter, and a seconds subdial. This piece is pegged on the website for P11.19 million.
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