Patek Philippe Ref. 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time

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.

RM 032 Automatic Winding Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de Saint Barth

After a two-year hiatus, RM 032 Automatic Winding Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de Saint Barth has just announced the return of the Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille regatta — taking place over six days in the Caribbean Sea. This year’s 11th edition will see 700 sailors spread across 71 teams comprised of Maxis, Super Maxis, Multihulls, Spinnakers, and Melges 24s.

With the upcoming competition, Richard Mille revealed a new commemorative watch, the RM 032 Voiles de Saint Barth. The watch has been created to withstand depths of 300 meters and features Caribbean blue accents and white Quartz TPT. The watch has a full grade 5 titanium case middle and is flanked by lugs, inserts, and a case back all made in Carbon TPT. The 50mm skeletonized watch also packs a flyback chronograph function, an annual calendar, an indicateur de marche, and a half-turn locking crown.
Involved in creating the regatta in 2010 and its title partner since 2019, Richard Mille is once again present at the event, accompanied this year by the brand’s freediving partner Arnaud Jerald. The four-time world record holder and reigning world freediving champion is proud to be associated with this internationally renowned competition: “Our disciplines are synonymous with performance, humility, solidarity and surpassing oneself, and I am honoured to be a patron of this year’s Les Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille competition. I sailed when I was younger and I love the sensations, so I’m looking forward to picking up some valuable insights and talking to some true enthusiasts. Sailing and freediving are also sports in which experience is highly valued, so I expect to learn a lot from this event.”

This 11th edition also provides the perfect opportunity for the brand to present its new RM 032 Voiles de Saint Barth timepiece, a highly technical creation that can withstand a pressure of 30 atmospheres (300 metres) in accordance with the ISO 6425 standard for diving watches.

HYT Hastroid Green Laser

Renacida este 2022 de la mano de Davide Cerrato, HYT Hastroid Green Laser presenta la segunda versión del modelo inaugural en esta nueva etapa, el Hastroid Green Laser, dando protagonismo al color favorito de la firma. Si la caja de arquitectura sandwich del Hastroid Green Nebula estaba fabricada fibra de carbono y titanio cepillado recubierto de negro, la del Green Laser recurre al aún más ligero composite para su pieza superior e inferior. En un llamativo verde, su aspecto veteado/marbleado parece casi mineral, y se combina con el color negro del fluido que marca las horas. Realmente parece el negativo del Green Nébula.
Sus nada despreciables medidas calcan la del primer HYT Hastroid Green Laser , es decir, 48 mm de diámetro y 17,90 mm de altura, además de una longitud total de 58,30 mm. Las asas ahuecadas, la corona a las dos horas y el muy asimétrico protector de corona son los otros elementos que cabe destacar.
La esfera está formada por un cristal plano de zafiro sobre el que se disponen el logo de HYT y la manecilla de minutos, e incluye el recorte del puente en forma de W y del pequeño segundero. Revela la mayoría de los elementos mecánicos del reloj: en la parte superior vemos la sección mecánica (4 Hz y 72 horas de reserva de marcha), mientras que bajo ella se disponen los dos fuelles que se encargan de mover los líquidos inmiscibles que contiene el tubo capilar alrededor de la esfera. El dial queda enmarcado por una rejilla de titanio con un patrón en panal de abeja sobre el que se disponen los doce numerales horarios rellenos con material luminiscente de color verde (según las imágenes, con una tonalidad más intensa que la del Green Nebula).
Esta luminiscencia también se implementa en el logo, la gran minutera esqueletada, la escala de minutos perimetral y el pequeño segundero a las 10 horas. Su posición queda compensada visualmente por el indicador de reserva de marcha ubicado a las dos horas, salvaguardando así la simetría de la esfera.
Como bien sabéis los conocedores de la marca, los dos fuelles son los encargados de crea el movimiento de presión sobre los fluidos del capilar. El módulo de fuelle/pistón del lado izquierdo empuja el fluido de color negro y el fluido transparente hacia el fuelle del lado derecho. El punto donde los dos líquidos se encuentran, marca la hora actual. Este sistema requiere un mecanismo sellado altamente resistente al agua: todo el módulo fluídico es 10.000 veces más hermético que un reloj de buceo tradicional. El problema de la expansión térmica se compensa mediante un dispositivo integrado en uno de los fuelles.
Como el modelo anterior, el HYT Hastroid Green Laser es una edición limitada a 27 unidades. Acompañada de una correa de caucho negra con un inserto en Alcantara negro con pespuntes verdes, su precio se encarece unos nada despreciables 5.000 € respecto al Green Nebula debido únicamente a la caja de composite, situándose así en los 75.000 CHF. Personalmente me decanto por el Green Nebula, tanto por la mayor discreción del titanio con DLC frente al composite verde y la mejor legibilidad del líquido de color verde respecto al negro del Green Laser.

RM 47 Tourbillon The Time of the Samurai

Associating art and spirituality. Creating a new masterpiece designed as an aesthetic tribute to Japanese culture. Richard Mille presents the RM 47 Tourbillon, the fruit of intense reflection and nearly four years of design work. This is an artful watch of a new kind, incorporating an extremely compact calibre, specifically designed to make room for a stylised Samurai suit of armour entirely crafted by hand. The model was born of a friendly conversation between Richard Mille and the twice Formula 1 world champion and brand partner Fernando Alonso, a passionate enthusiast of Japanese traditional arts and the Samurai principles.
This new model transcends creative limits and takes its place in the prestigious lineage of ‘ornamental’ watches typical of the brand. Entirely hand-carved by the engraver Pierre-Alain Lozeron and painted by his wife Valérie Lozeron, the Samurai armour illustrates the different aspects of ancestral Japanese culture. Evoking the spirit of bushido, the Samurai code of ethics whose values still prevail in Japanese society, the armour comes to life in 3N yellow gold, recalling the gold leaf used in ancient Japan to embellish the country’s finest shrines and also certain works of traditional craftsmanship.

Many details make reference to the Asano clan, a family that symbolises the bushido spirit. The chief of the family domain in the 18th century, Asano Naganori, was also the lord of the 47 ronin who avenged his death before following him into the afterworld. Their Kamon, or clan heraldic sign – each Samurai clan has one – is proudly featured on the tourbillon, at six o’clock.
Representing two crossed falcon feathers, expressing strength in war and the authority of the suzerain, this emblem is also very finely engraved on the warriors’ helmet winglets. The crown, crafted in titanium, Carbon TPT

 and polished 3N yellow gold, bears the motif of a Japanese maple leaf, a symbol of the seasons as well as of grace, beauty and the brevity of life. Finally, at the bottom, the two swords, sheathed in their scabbards, point the cutting edges of their blades upwards to be drawn rapidly in the event of danger.

This decoration, which is a work of sculpture as much as a piece of engraving, demanded patience, meticulousness, dexterity and passion. ‘Between sword and chisel, between the cutting edge of the blade and the incisions defined by the precision of the engraver’s technique, there are many parallels to evoke the similarities between the qualities of these warriors and those demanded by our artistic crafts,’ explains Pierre-Alain Lozeron. In total, it takes no less than 16 hours of engraving and 9 hours of painting – in all, more than a whole day – to obtain the 11 components that make up the Samurai, perfectly integrated, front and back, around the movement of the RM 47 Tourbillon.
Like a guardian, the armour provides precious protection for the manual-winding calibre RM47 with hours and minutes. To ensure optimal functioning of the movement, the baseplate and skeletonised bridges are made of grade 5 titanium, a biocompatible alloy often used in the aerospace industry, with a black PVD treatment. This combination offers high corrosion-resistance, remarkable rigidity and perfectly flat surfaces.

The RM 47’s movement, case and decoration all bear witness to a design approach intended to guarantee the harmonious and effective integration of all the various elements. The barrel-shaped case comprises three parts with a caseband in 3N yellow gold receiving a bezel and a caseback in black TZP ceramic. With their exceptional aesthetics, the 75 RM 47 Tourbillon The Time of the Samurai watches evoke the spirituality and values of the bushido, while embodying a determined quest for perfection and respect for tradition.

Richard Mille RM 17-01 Tourbillon Brown Cermet

Richard Mille presented the new RM 17-01 Tourbillon Brown Cermet, a sleek model powered by the RM017 calibre, a tourbillon movement that combines the values of watchmaking tradition and mechanical innovation.

Its tonneau-shaped case is characterised by a warm-toned brown cermet bezel paired with a precious red gold caseband.
Cermet is a high-tech material that combines the lightness of titanium and the hardness of diamond. For its exceptional physical properties, it is frequently used in ballistic protections and in aerospace for re-entry shuttle components, exterior fuselage pieces and in the brakes on competition vehicles. Cermet has a hardness of 2,360 Vickers, comparable to other performance high-ceramic making it ideal for use in bezels, an area highly exposed to scratches.

Measuring 48.15 mm x 40.10 mm with a thickness of 13.08 mm, the tripartite case of the RM 17-01 offers water resistance up to a pressure of 5 ATM (50 metres / 165 feet) ensured by 2 Nitril O-ring seals. It is assembled with 12 spline screws in grade 5 titanium and abrasion resistant washers in 316L stainless steel.
Supported by a skeletonised baseplate, the grade-5 titanium bridges flank the great wheel at the top of the watch and the 12.30 mm tourbillon located at the bottom.

The Grade 5 titanium alloy (90% titanium, 6% aluminium, 4% vanadium) offers excellent properties including remarkable rigidity and corrosion resistance which explains its frequent use in the aerospace, aeronautics and automobile industries.

Baseplate and the bridges were subjected to intensive and complete validation tests to optimise their resistance capacities. In fact, extreme rigidity with precise surface flatness is essential for the perfect functioning of the gear train.
Beating at a frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour), the RM017 tourbillon movement can withstand over 5,000 g’s and guarantees a 70-hour power reserve.

The fast-rotating barrel (6 hours per revolution instead of 7.5 hours) increases the power reserve performance as well as the regularity ratio. The free-sprung balance offers better reliability in the event of shocks, movement assembly and disassembly, and also guarantees better chronometric results over time.

The following functions are supported: hours, minutes, power-reserve and function indicators.
In a manner similar to a car’s gearbox, the function indicator identifies the hand-setting (H), neutral (N), and winding (W),positions as the crown is pulled out. A hand located at 4 o’clock indicates the current position. The crown has a torque limiting security system that prevents accidental overwinding, which could cause damage to the winding stem or put excessive pressure on the barrel spring.
At 2 o’clock, the power-reserve indicator shows the number of hours of energy left in the mainspring before the watch must be wound again.

Protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-glare treatment on both sides, the sapphire dial features a grade 5 titanium flange with green galvanic treatment and contrasting yellow minute track and Richard Mille logo.
The new Replica Richard Mille RM 17-01 Tourbillon Brown Cermet has a price of $290

Patek Philippe Monopusher Chronograph 5470

Patek Philippe Monopusher Chronograph 5470 has developed its first 1/10th second chronograph by heavily adapting one of the brand’s earliest fully in-house wristwatch chronograph movements. The new Ref 5470P Patek Philippe Monopusher Chronograph 5470 houses a reworked version of Patek’s CH 29-535 PS calibre from 2009, which now receives the ‘1/10’ suffix. The manually wound movement’s balance has been sped up from 4Hz to 5Hz (or 36,000 vibrations per hour) which allows for the 10 steps per second required for a 1/10th second chronograph.

A dedicated 1/10th second mechanism has also been added to allow for a unique method of displaying the chronograph’s measurements using two centrally mounted hands, the first indicating individual seconds, completing a rotation in 60 seconds, while the red hand sweeps around the dial in just 12 seconds and reads off a 120-sector railway track, allowing for a 1/10th second reading. The project – which was announced separately to its Watches and Wonders 2022 watches – has led to seven new patented innovations to reduce energy consumption, protect against shocks and guard against damage “in case of mishandling.”

The new platinum monopusher chronograph is also the only watch in Patek Philippe’s current collection to use its Oscillomax balance – originally developed in 2011 for its Advanced Research series. The 1/10th second hand is red-lacquered Silinvar, Patek’s own special recipe silicon used in the Oscillomax balance.

The Ref 5470P is available now via Patek Philippe Monopusher Chronograph 5470 , and is listed as price on request.

Patek Philippe Twenty~4

Think about the Patek Philippe Twenty~4 collection and you think o – wait, what collection now? That is exactly what most enthusiasts would say when asked about what is one of the Genevan manufacturer’s most commercially successful lines. The harsh truth is that while the Twenty~4 collection pays the bills, it is one of, if not the least recognised in Patek Philippe’s catalogue. Most popular among female clients (it is marketed towards women after all), the Patek Philippe Twenty~4 features a rectangular case that is integrated into a bracelet and is powered by a quartz movement. Indeed, mention the word “quartz” and you’ve lost the attention of 95% of hardcore watch enthusiasts.

This year, in efforts to rejuvenate the identity of the Twenty~4 collection, Patek Philippe has introduced the Twenty~4 Automatic – and with it comes drastic changes. Here, we bring you all the details and our thoughts on Patek Philippe’s new Twenty~4 Automatic Ref. 7300.
Gone is the rectangular case and in comes a round one. While it is a notable departure from the old design, the integrated aesthetic remains intact as the bracelet flows seamlessly from the case and lugs. The case and bezel are cold-formed in high-tonnage presses and then machined to refine the contours before being manually polished. The type of setting utilised by Patek Philippe on the bezel is called “Dentelle” (lacework style), which produces two row configurations of offset diamonds. At 36 mm in diameter, the case is contemporarily feminine. These days, 36 mm seems to be the unspoken threshold between a dainty men’s watch and a modern ladies’ watch; suffice to say that Patek Philippe Twenty~4 are keeping up with the times with this new release. The watch isn’t exactly thin at 10.05 mm in height – having to accommodate an automatic movement – but should still slide under most sleeves with ease. Like the rest of 2018 Patek Philippe novelties, the Twenty~4 Automatic is fitted with the brand’s new patented fold-over clasp, with four independent catches that prevent accidental release and optimise handling.
Depending on the model, the dial comes in either blue, grey, brown, or silver. In the stainless steel variants, the dial features a sunburst finish while in the rose gold variants with silver dial, it is treated to a textural “Shantung” finish (double vertical and horizontal satin finish). Indicating the time are bold aviator-style numerals and baton hands, all of which come with Superluminova coating for low- or no-light visibility. There’s also the date window at 6 o’clock where the 6th hour marker would normally be. These days, implementing a date window on a watch is akin to walking on a minefield, one misstep and “boom”, the watch community explodes in fiery dissent. Fortunately, with the Twenty~4 Automatic, sufficient care has been taken with regards to the placement of the date window. It’s presence is inconspicuous and does not disrupt the balance of the dial. Patek Philippe could’ve saved themselves the headache by releasing a time-only piece – a win-win situation, you’d think. But lets not ignore the fact that this is a watch marketed to the modern woman; it’d be a mistake to not have the most pragmatic complication in watchmaking be present on the dial.
Overall, we feel that the Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic is a well-designed watch, albeit with nothing earth-shattering to shout out about. Given that the watch is aimed at modern, active women, the use of sportier-looking numerals and hands is most fitting. We particularly like the Shantung finishing on the silver dial as it is somewhat of a breath of fresh air from the usual sunburst or matte finished dials – it just looks more sophisticated and decadent.
Feminine and yet contemporary, the Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic injects youth into Patek Philippe’s dignified ladies’ collection. The watch will appeal to women searching for a casual yet demure timepiece – and those who are beyond jewel-encrusted quartz watches.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712

No Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 watch comes cheap, but at least with the white gold Nautilus 5712G, you get impressive complications and precious metal. If you are going to spend the equivalent of a nice luxury car on a timepiece, it might as well be a gold watch that is highly complicated. Additionally, some baguette diamonds set into the bezel, clasp and indices for an added sense of sumptuousness would be nice, right? If this sensibility speaks to you, you are going to love this diamond Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 watch G combines a classic look that is the Nautilus with high complications. It is a very rare example of a complicated Nautilus in white gold. This sensational watch is stunning, handsome, versatile and very easy to wear.

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 watch remains unchanged since its launch back in 2006. It has the traditional Nautilus slim 40mm porthole-shaped case with a three-part construction that features “ears” on both sides, as well as the smooth, curvaceous octagonal bezel and the gradient, horizontally embossed dial.

What’s different from the more commonly seen Nautilus 5711 is the movement’s complications, which are displayed via the dial. It has a moonphase calendar, a running seconds sub-register, and a power reserve indicator, all of which are scattered over the dial in a somewhat haphazard manner. It’s the genius of Patek Philippe to be able to house numerous complications in the same slender case that we were blessed with back in 1976 when Gerald Genta created the Nautilus.

Overall, the precious metal Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 watch takes a classic sporty watch and turns it into something more dressy with its alligator leather strap. Nevertheless, it still has the standard Nautilus’ any-occasion versatility, just with a more complex horological touch.

The watch is rich, sophisticated, and smart. Elegance and distinction is its core strength.
The Patek Philippe 5712G you see here has aftermarket baguette diamonds in the bezel, clasp and indices. Everything else is original and straight from the geniuses at Patek Philippe. The baguettes are extremely high quality and they were set to perfection by an expert gem-setter. They are not going anywhere. The setting is up to par with Patek’s standards.

Why baguettes?
These days, nothing is hotter than baguette diamond settings for Patek Philippe watches. At least for those who are not stubborn purists who think of a watch in terms of resale value (a financial investment) rather than simply getting something that catches the eye and that they appreciate for its beauty (an emotional investment).

Of course, we understand the thinking “why mess with something that’s already perfect”. But aftermarket settings, when done right, are surely a worthy work of art as well. This is why they have exploded in popularity over the last decade. Not everyone thinks like a traditionalist.

All that said, in terms of value, the great thing about buying an existing aftermarket diamond watch like this is the value is stable. The person who bought it new and then did the aftermarket diamond work took the loss. The price of it now, as it is pre-owned, will hold and most likely appreciate with time. After all, white gold, diamonds and Patek Philippe watches, especially the 5712, are only increasing in value.

All in all, this watch is absolutely stunning. This baguette setting complements the white gold Nautilus 5712 so perfectly it would likely surprise you to know that it isn’t a factory creation if you didn’t know anything about the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G.
Patek’s white gold is known in the industry as grey gold. It is a homogenous gold alloy, made specifically by Patek Philippe, that never needs to be re-plated. So, if it happens to get scratches or scuffs, there is simply more white gold underneath. Unlike conventional jewelry’s white gold which is a milky yellow white gold with rhodium plating.

The point is this white gold will last forever and it is unconditionally lustrous.
The case of this Nautilus, as always, is slim yet structurally expressive. The iconic clamp-like ears on the sides vividly express how the Nautilus is put together. The master Gerald Genta’s pencil stroke was not lost in the 5712’s design.

It is a classic 40mm, but because of the winglet style of the case, it sits broader on the wrist, giving you more wrist presence. It also creates the perfect balance and symmetry.

Now, for a more accurate understanding of the fit on the wrist, the lug-to-lug measurement of the watch is a compact 44.4mm. However, from the baguette diamond links that connect the bracelet, it is 50.4mm. This is a better measurement as that is where the case really ends when spanning the wrist. Because of that, this watch is perfect for anyone with a 14-16/17cm circumference wrist.

As for thickness, in spite of the complexity, the Nautilus 5712G is slim at 8.6mm thick. The calibre 240 micro-rotor enables the 5712 to preserve its standard low profile.

But, it’s not all about size, the finer details should be emphasized…
The case of this Nautilus 5712 is 18k white gold. It has an all brushed finish that is absolutely stunning. The high-level finishing is instantly recognizable. The finishing is really is next level on the gold version, when compared to the steel, even though the steel is fantastic as well. It must be the softness of the white gold that allows the grain of the finishing to be more defined. It produces a more lustrous matte look and feel than it does on steel. On the whole, the finishing has a charm to it that everyone mentions when they see the watch in person.

As for the bezel, it is the classic Gerald Genta rounded octagonal design, which like the case itself, has been unadulterated since the Nautilus was first created by sketch in the 70s.

If you look at the watch from the profile, you can see that the only mirror finishing on the case is the beveled edges of the bezel, as well as some other small elements.

The top of the bezel was originally brushed finished, but now, of course, it has an astounding channel of superbly cut baguette diamonds.

On the left ear of the watch, we have a small dimple pusher, which works together with the crown to control the moonphase calendar.

Finally, connecting the strap to the case is the unique bubble links. They replicate the look of the case itself, which is a cushion shape. Normally that is a high-polish piece, but since this one has baguette diamonds, the high polishing is replaced with a hall of mirrors-like chandelier radiance that the baguette

Patek Philippe Nautilus 7010

Sometimes in luxury, it’s all about gold. A golden item reeks of lavish wealth and optimistic grandeur that no other hue nor metal can equal. This makes it the perfect material for Patek Philippe Nautilus 7010 to reinvent their Nautilus models on for their 40th anniversary. The Swiss brand’s golden 7010/1R-011 watch stands out in particular as it is dripping in gold, from the case, the dial, all the way to the shimmering bracelet strap. While others might find the gilding overwhelming, its golden appeal cannot be denied.
Gold is regarded as the color of wealth, power, and utmost luxury. The hue is often associated with lavish lifestyles of the inexplicably rich, whether it’s painted on a ring, sewn on a dress, or even plated over a toilet bowl. Gold is such a powerful and enigmatic hue that countless luxury brands have made use of it and incorporated it into their latest products. For the 40th anniversary of their famous Nautilus model, Patek Philippe painted their famous timepiece into gold, bringing forth a fabulous tribute collection.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus 7010 model is all about gold! 18 karats of fine rose gold make up this one-of-a-kind luxurious timepiece that shimmers all throughout. The watch also features the model’s famous round octagonal silhouette that made a huge mark in the world of haute horology over four decades ago. Sleek and simple, the timepieces were perfectly reinvented as golden watches to cater to rich contemporary tastes. An additional plus is the 46 finely-cut diamonds that sparkle on the watch’s bezel—a perfect crowning glory for a beloved classic. The phrase “too much” has a negative connotation, even when talking about gold. As beautiful as the gilded timepiece is, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus 7010/1R-011 has too much gold for its own good. The watch risks making the owner look tacky and unrefined, and it may possibly even tarnish in certain unwanted occasions. It was already beautiful when the case and bracelet strap were gilded, but having the hands and numerals on the dial gold-plated as well makes it a bit of an overkill.

UR-100V Time and Culture

I always enjoyed history lessons at school, but most of the history taught in UK schools revolves around Britain. So, that’s the Romans and the Celts, the Saxons and the Norman Invasion, as well as the likes of Henry VIII. Of course, World War One and World War Two also received extensive coverage. The likes of ancient civilizations such as the Greeks, the Aztecs, and the Mayans, however, were left entirely untouched. Thankfully I had my trusty Horrible Histories books to cover that part. Now that my beloved URWERK has introduced the new and fantastic UR-100V Time and Culture I, I’m feeling ready to dive into “The Angry Aztecs” all over again!

That’s right, the UR-100V Time and Culture Time and Culture I is inspired by Aztec culture. It is also supposedly partly based on an idea from our friends over at SJX Watches. SJX suggested adding an extra dimension to the UR-100 by closing the top just like the first edition of the UR-103. It is not, however, a collaboration with SJX.
Upon a recent visit to the new URWERK atelier in Geneva (in what is supposedly the oldest building in the city!), the brand told me more about the Time and Culture collection. But let’s start at the very beginning. As you may or may not know, the UR-100V received its inspiration from an old clock. In fact, the original concept of the satellite hours complication was inspired by an old clock too. Interestingly, these clocks now reside in the URWERK atelier, and URWERK co-founder Felix Baumgartner’s father, Geri, restored them both. So you can see there’s a solid sentimental connection here. The clock that inspired the UR-100V Time and Culture , however, doesn’t tell the time… I know, how weird! After some in-depth research, Geri Baumgartner worked it out. He established that the clock measures the distance traveled through space by someone standing on the equator.

I’m not going to try and explain the concept in too much depth. Honestly, it’s more complicated than my mind can handle. But, our friends at Quill & Pad have a rather excellent article that helps explain it in more detail, so I’d suggest checking that out right here.