Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5205G-013

Patek Philippe replica is recognized as one of the most prestigious watch companies today. This well-deserved reputation is largely due to its rich production history. The manufacturer not only has many outstanding customers, but is also responsible for many inventions and innovations, many of which are still used in one form or another. One of its most important contributions to modern watchmaking is the annual calendar watch, which was first introduced in 1996. The annual calendar (or quantiemèannuel in French) is similar to the perpetual calendar, except that it does not specify February and leap years, so it must be corrected once a year (usually at the beginning of March). The basic principle of an annual calendar watch is that it can be said to be more user-friendly and absolutely cheaper than a complicated perpetual calendar watch.

referee. 5035 is Patek Philippe’s first annual calendar reference, and since then, many other complications have been introduced. This includes much-loved references. 5205, originally launched in 2010. At that time there were only two versions of reference, both platinum. Two rose gold styles from 2013 followed. In 2018, Patek Philippe released the Ref. New version of. 5205 Platinum, at the same time stopped its debut in 2010. Two years have passed and I have a 2018 Ref. 5205G-013 Are their retired brothers and sisters proud? In short: yes, then more. Here, we bring you the low-key and thoughts on the Patek Philippe annual calendar reference. 5205G-013.

Case, dial and hands
As indicated by the “G” in the reference number. 5205G is indeed made of platinum. The watch has a diameter of 40 mm and a height of 11.36 mm, with modern proportions, but still small enough to slide under the skirt sleeves. The real glow of the housing lies in its design. The sensual curve of the case provides visual and tactile pleasure. Two of our favorite design elements on the case are the concave bezel and the scalloped lugs. The entire internally manufactured case has been polished to create a stylish appearance. We believe that Ref. 5205 is one of the most gorgeous and detailed watch cases among all Patek Philippe’s conventional products.

New Ref. The 5205G is also equipped with a dial to match its spectacular casing. And the old reference. The 5205G variant also has a two-tone dial, and the new case has a gradient color. The Chaoyang dial gradually changed from blue in the center to black on the periphery. Frankly speaking, while the clearly delineated old two-tone dial is great, this new gradient dial is more refined and exciting. Its beauty can only be experienced in real life, because it interacts with light in a dazzling way. The 6 o’clock position of the dial has a large sub-dial with a 24-hour indicator (radially displayed) and a pocket watch-style moon phase indicator. The annual calendar indicator is located on the upper part of the dial and is displayed in the form of a disc viewed through an aperture.

The day window is located next to the 10 o’clock mark; the date window is located at 12 o’clock; and the month window is located next to the 2 o’clock mark. Over the years, these windows have been subject to some criticism. Some people don’t like the way windows (and typescripts) expand outward, and some people don’t like the fact that only months and dates are expanded, not dates. In our opinion, these are design aspects that actually make the dial more refined. Only straight windows and typescripts would be boring. Of course, we also understand that beauty is subjective. However, Patek Philippe’s novel design, clear and easy-to-read dial and Ref dial have incredible capabilities, which are not subjective. 5205G is like this: clean and clear. Due to the careful use of aperture displays, Ref. 5205G can transmit as much information as possible while maintaining an elegant appearance.

The gradual blue of the dial is reminiscent of the midnight sky. It is easy to get lost in the beauty of contemplation.

To show the time, please refer to it. The 5205G interestingly uses three different types of hands: the hour and minute are dauphine (with a wisp of lu), the central second hand is a whitening lancet, and the 24-hour hand is whitening feuille. The hour markers are baton-style decals with multiple facets and polished finishes, while the minutes are marked by dots around the dial.

Driving referee. 5205G-013 is 356 part caliber 324 S QA LU 24H / 206. The watch industry generally believes that Patek Philippe’s annual calendar movement has more parts than the perpetual calendar movement – ​​it turns out that this is only half the truth. For example, the caliber 240 Q (without window display) has only 275 fewer parts or 81 fewer parts than the caliber 324 S QA LU 24H / 206. However, it is fair to compare with the movement of the same series of movement (ie 324 S QR movement). This movement does use the window display, which has 361 parts (5 more than the annual calendar parts). In other words, compared with the perpetual calendar movement, the annual calendar movement does have a higher ratio of parts to functions.

Interestingly, the power reserve of the Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H/206 is only 35-45 hours, which is not ideal compared to modern standards. A substantial power reserve will last at least 48 hours until the entire weekend. The movement may have to be upgraded, but phasing out it is a difficult task, because Patek Philippe’s benchmark movement for dozens of models still uses the 324 movement.

From a finishing point of view, the Calibre 324 S QA LU 24H / 206 is flawless and definitely worthy of the Patek Philippe seal. What can be seen from the back cover of the exhibition are descriptive signs of the well-manufactured movement: Côtes de Genève with uniform width, polished bevels on the edges, circular ripples on the gold rotor, polished screw heads and bells, etc.

Compared with more mature perpetual calendar watches, annual calendar watches are relatively rare. For the time being, Patek Philippe has the largest market share, which is not surprising, because the manufacturer has introduced annual calendar watches to the world. referee. Due to its exquisite appearance, 5205 is one of Patek Philippe’s most popular annual calendar timepieces. referee. The 5205R with a black dial is generally considered the most acclaimed model because its rose gold/black dial combination is irresistible. But with the introduction of Ref. 5205G-013, I hope some of the attention can be shifted because of Ref. 5205G-013 looks equally good. The price of the watch is 43,520 euros, which is a fair ransom, considering all factors.

About 14 years after the world’s first annual calendar watch came out, and 16 years after its reopening, Lange & Söhne (A. Lange & Söhne) proposed his own interpretation of the annual calendar watch. Currently, the Saxonia calendar can be made of platinum, white gold or rose gold. The diameter of this watch is 38.5 mm and the thickness is 9.8 mm, which is better than Ref. Small and slim. 5205G. Its annual calendar indication is displayed intuitively on the dial in a cross-shaped layout, and an outdated date display is marked at 12 o’clock. One aspect of the Saxonian annual calendar that really impresses people is the movement. Like all Lange movements, the L085.1 movement has been carefully modified by hand and has reached the highest level beyond Patek Philippe. Therefore, it may not be surprising that the price of the Saxonia calendar is slightly higher than that of the Ref.

For more convenient things, don’t miss the Portuguese annual calendar of IWC, which is an extremely beautiful and modern timepiece. When we say modern, we really mean it. The Portuguese Almanac has a sunburst blue dial and a case measuring 44.2 mm high. Like Ref. 5205G, it displays calendar indication through the window. The remote month-day-date format displayed by the calendar has caused a lot of discussion and criticism, but in the end, everyone still gathers together to appreciate the balanced design of this watch. As long as you have a wrist, you can do it. Portugalieser Annual Calendar is great value for money.

Is it a paradigm shift? Is it even novel? No, it is not required. referee. 5205G-013 is no different from the predecessor in 2010, only the new dial is different. However, this kind of dial replacement has brought a different world to the renewed reference. The blue-black gradient dial is exquisite and modern, perfectly matched with the white gold case. referee. 5205 may be ten years old, but to this day, it is still one of the most beautiful annual calendars ever conceived by fake Patek Philippe.