Patek Philippe has just revealed its new offerings for Watches & Wonders Geneva 2022.
Arriving as 12 new models, Patek has made an effort to reinterpret an extensive range of aesthetics and features in familiar models. This year also sees the technical debut of the new Ref. 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time. Cosmetically, the color green has been incorporated into four models — the 5270, 4910 (Twenty-4), 5205, and 7130 (World time) — while blue makes its way onto the 5230 World Time, 7121, and the marvelous 5374 grand complications.
On top of the contemporary offerings, a sense of “vintage” was introduced within the Calatrava case as earthy tones of brown, beige, charcoal, and black come together for Patek Philippe’s take on a functional and elegant daily-wear watch in the ref. 5326 and 5226.
For the first time, Patek Philippe joins the annual calendar with a travel time function for the Ref. 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time. This self-winding caliber sees eight patents and might be a viable choice for those not sold on the Pilot Travel Time. Sitting at 41mm in a white-gold case, the design sees a granular dial that’s reminiscent of old cameras and is dressed with a Clous de Paris hobnail guilloche pattern at the rim of the case.
Patek Philippe will also be making a less robust version for those that appreciate the vintage styling — the Ref. 5226G-001. Aesthetically following the Ref. 5326G-001, this version will simply house time and date in a white gold 40mm case. Both watches come with interchangeable straps that compliment the watch’s design.
Two useful complications come together for the first time. Patek Philippe combines two of its outstanding patented complications for the first time in one watch: the Annual Calendar —which requires a manual correction only once a year— and the Travel Time system for the display of a second-time zone. The outcome is a travel watch whose date display is synchronized with the respective local time. It simultaneously adjusts the date when the time zone is corrected. The new automatic calibre 31-260 PS QA LU FUS 24H movement is endowed with eight patents. Patek Philippe created a totally new Calatrava case for this watch measuring 41 mm in diameter and made of 18K white gold. Its flanks are guilloched with the inimitable hobnail pattern and its dial is framed in the vintage genre inspired by old photo cameras.
Patek Philippe has come to its first Watches & Wonders with 12 novelties that range from time-only to the highest echelons of their complications, including a brand new combination of complications within the maison’s fold. Here, we focus on four of the prominent talking pieces from the fair. Executed in an all-new 41mm Calatrava case in white gold, guilloched with a hobnail pattern on the entire circumference of the caseband, this is the 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time. As this is the first time the maison has combined these two complications into a single watch, the movement therefore was freshly developed for the watch — the self-winding 31-260 PS QA LU FUS 24H caliber.
The dial aesthetic on the timepiece is also quite an unexpected mix of vintage and contemporary from the likes of Patek Philippe: rendered in textured charcoal gray and black gradient rim with gold applied numerals that have beige luminescent coating. Hands are all syringe-shaped with beige luminescent coating on the local hour hand, while the home time hour hand is skeletonized.