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Patek Philippe Pilot Alarm Travel Time 5520P

CASE : Platinum, transparent sapphire crystal and back, water-resistant to 30m

SIZE : 42.2mm in diameter, 11.6mm thick

MOVEMENT : mechanical selfwinding Caliber AL 30-660 S C FUS, minimum 42-hour power

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date, dual time with day/night indication, alarm with digital 24-hour display

DIAL : Sunray-patterned ebony black, applied gold numerals, white gold baton-type hands

STRAP : black calf leather with platinum pin buckle

A melodious alarm

Any watch based on an audible principle can be geared towards two fundamental choices : strength or finesse. In the case of an alarm clock, the former consists in waking the wearer with a powerful sound. The latter is about operating in a subtle manner, with a softer sound that will compensate for its moderate power with a long duration. As a specialist in minute repeaters, Patek Philippe logically took the second path for its Pilot Alarm Travel Time. Its all-new AL 30-660 S C FUS movement incorporates the basic characteristics of the brand’s dual-time system. It is complemented by a day/night indication and users two pushers, one to advance and the other to set back the local time. In addition, this movement adopts certain characteristics from the extraordinary Grand Master Chime, which was already equipped with a sophisticated alarm function. The new Reference 5520 P thus enables a digital setting of the alarm time over a 24-hour period and to the nearest 15 minutes. When it rings, it strikes a gong finely crafted as if for a minute repeater. The sound is very long and extremely musical. It is not designed to awaken hibernating bears, but instead to delight music lovers and watch aficionados.

Journaliste expert en horlogerie et correspondant régulier de WorldTempus, David alimente notre rubrique technique.

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