Patek Philippe : The moon takes center-stage

Among the festival of new releases commemorating Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, the men’s and ladies’ limited-edition World Time Moon stands out in several ways. The most clearly visible takes its place at the dial center with an ultra-realistic large-format moon-phase display composed of two superposed mineral glass disks. The upper half of the second stationary disk features a heart-shaped contour accurately reproducing the visible portion of the moon night after night. The lower disk depicts a star-studded sky and the moon performs a complete revolution over the lunar cycle of 29.53 days, even faithfully reproducing several craters and ‘seas’. This central display is surrounded by elegantly whirling world time indications, with Geneva replacing Paris on this pair of models housing the specially developed Caliber 240 HU LU. The new ultra-thin self-winding movement drives the Ref. 5575 men’s version as well as the Ref. 7175 ladies version in gem-set pink gold with a slightly smaller diameter. Why not ask for the moon ?


World Time Moon

Case : Calatrava in 18-carat white gold, domed sapphire crystal, solid caseback with 175th anniversary engraving, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 39.8mm Movement : mechanical self-winidng (Caliber 240 HU LU, 48h power reserve), 270 parts, 22K gold micro-rotor Functions : hours, minutes, world time and place names for the 24 world time zones, moon phases, day/night indication Dial : in several parts with metallic discs, gold hands Strap : hand-stitched shiny black alligator leather with large square scales, 18K white gold folding with the engraving “PATEK PHILIPPE 1839 – 2014” Limited edition : 1,300 for this men’s version, alongside a 450-pice ladies’ version

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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