Patek Philippe : A family likeness

Ref. 5204 Split-Seconds Chronograph with Perpetual Calendar 

Movement : mechanical hand-wound, Calibre CHR 29-535 PS Q, 65-hour power reserve Case : 950 platinum Diameter : 40mm Functions : hours, minutes, split-seconds chronograph, instantaneous 30-minute counter and small seconds, perpetual calendar displaying the day, month, leap year and day/night indication through apertures along with a date pointer, moon phases Caseback : sapphire crystal Water resistance : 30m Strap : alligator leather

The family is now complete. All that was missing was the new Ref. 5204 Split-Seconds Chronograph with Perpetual Calendar to round out the range of classic Patek Philippe chronographs. At the turn of the millennium, the Manufacture launched a vast offensive in the field of the chronograph, introducing a number of “in-house” calibres displaying peerless technical mastery. It is now once again asserting itself in the field of Grande Complication models by introducing the most modern representative of this type of movement. A technical breakthrough housed inside a platinum case and based, in addition to the construction of the perpetual calendar, on a calibre boasting six patented innovations, including an isolator system for the split-seconds lever and a mechanism guaranteeing reduced offset between the split-second and chronograph hands.

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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