Patek Philippe : Outward signs of inner wealth

Patek Philippe Reference 5930 World Time Chronograph

CASE : 18K white gold, sapphire case-back, water-resistant to 30m

DIAMETER : 39.5mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding Caliber CH 28-520 HU, 50-hour power reserve, column-wheel chronograph

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, day/night indication, 24 time zones

DIAL : hand-guilloché navy blue STRAP : matt blue alligator leather

What could this house – located in Goyang-Si, near the city of Ilsan, South Korea – possibly have in common with the new Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930 ? Distinctive lines, a philosophy, an inward complexity concealed by remarkable readability. An array of (non-ostentatious) similarities highlighted by the architect Alex Leuzinger.

The watch : World Time Chronograph 5930 by Patek Philippe

What time is it in Paris when you set foot on the tarmac of John F. Kennedy airport in New York ? Exactly how long will it take you to reach 5th Avenue ? From the City of Light to the Big Apple via those representing 22 other time zones, the World Time Chronograph 5930 has an answer for everything. Despite its undeniable sophistication, this model launched at Baselworld 2016 ensures optimal legibility despite the challenges involved in combining the chronograph and World Time complications. In order to adjust these two mechanisms to each other, the Patek Philippe watchmakers worked long and hard on shifting arbors, trimming and rebuilding bridges, as well as modifying separations. Transposing the display of these two complications onto the same dial was no easy task. With the new Caliber CH 28520 HU, Patek Philippe has risen to the challenge with great aplomb. Nonetheless, technical trailblazing is relatively pointless without excellent functionality, one of the essential characteristics of this classic watch. A round white gold case, a deep blue hand-guilloché dial and a matt navy blue alligator strap : the limpid style is an outward sign of the inner wealth of this exceptional watch.

Its architectural pendant : Two Moon House, Ilsan, South Korea, by Moon Hoon

Moon Hoon is a South Korean architect based in the famous Gangnam district of Seoul. This year, he had the opportunity of presenting his projects and his mindset at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. He proposes creations conveying incredible stories conducive to forging a link between fantasy and the reality of constructions. The sketches by this architect are an integral part of the final result, representing the first spark of construction and pure inspiration free of any restrictions or barriers.

The building pictured above was erected in 2015. Located near the South Korean city of Ilsan and bearing a strange, fantastical name, Two Moon reflects the soul of Moon Hoon. This construction stems from a wish to create a private cultural space around the coffee shop of this district, while providing the owners with two separate areas.

The design is inspired by two boxes with enough space between them for cars to drive through. The various zones are spread over three floors linked by separate staircases. The two buildings are linked by their encounter with a large sphere, creating a concave space on the façade signifying a moon motif. The free-standing walls on the third floor are lit up with the horoscope signs of each owner, epitomizing the return of ornaments and symbols in architecture.

The simultaneously romantic and technological approach adopted by Moon Hoon mirrors the philosophy of Patek Philippe and its World Time Chronograph 5930. A chronograph that tells a story, a chronograph capable of concealing extreme complexity beneath apparent simplicity.

Marie De Pimodan : A specialist in watchmaking journalism, she explores theme-based approaches prividing a great means of becoming acquainted with watchmaking and also presents new models. Alex Leuzinger : The well-known Zurich architect explains how the watch submitted for his appraisal by the editorial team reminds him of given architectural work. Fascinating !

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