Of all the existing retail stores, Tiffany holds a special place in the world of watches and jewelry. They have maintained a long-standing partnership with Patek Philippe over the years, and Patek Philippe replica watches with Tiffany-marked dials are still very popular in the global collecting community. The question plaguing many collectors is whether the pieces will cease to exist now that LVMH has taken ownership of the chain. No matter how you dissect it, the Tiffany Pateks have a fascinating obscurity, and their place in the collection of knowledge never diminishes. This is precisely the special exclusivity that watches like the Patek Philippe 5970R Tiffany Dial offer, and today we have a lot to say.
The Patek Philippe 5970R is introduced as the successor to the brand’s reference 3790 – a watch designed by Philippe Stern. So, who is behind the design of the 5790? Philip’s son Thierry. The father is a legend in the Swiss watchmaking world, and the task of son Thierry must have been quite a nerve-wracking ordeal. Still, he did it, and we’re delighted with the things that modernize the watch at the same time—for example, increasing the case size to suit modern tastes—while also paying homage to the watch’s history by bringing back the leaf-shaped hands. The development process for the 5970 began in 2001 and culminated in deliveries beginning in 2004.
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The Patek Philippe 5970R Tiffany’s design dates back to 1941’s Patek Philippe 1518, the first perpetual calendar chronograph produced by Patek Philippe. This pedigree (and of course the 3790) means we have a familiar design theme running through products made with this complex combination.
First, the Patek Philippe 5970R Tiffany has a tachymeter scale on the outer edge that lets you determine how fast something is going. Start it at the first mark, stop it at the second mark, and you’ll see it indicate how fast you’re going. That’s not all this watch can do, not a vision. As old TV commercials used to tell us, “But wait, there’s more!”
From the 3 o’clock position, you have a subdial that tracks the chronograph in 30-minute increments and indicates whether you are in a leap year (crucial for a perpetual calendar). At 6 o’clock, we can see the month date and moon phase indicators, as well as the Tiffany logo. 9 o’clock shows us a 24-hour indicator and running seconds. Finally, at 12 o’clock, there are double windows for the date and date display.
In other words, the Patek Philippe 5970R Tiffany provides the date and time indication you might want. The 40mm case size helps keep it legible, as does Patek Philippe’s design choice to push the 6 o’clock position slightly into the tachymeter scale. Although this watch has essentially the same movement as its smaller predecessor, there’s no spare empty space to find. Wisely, Thierry Stern has upsized the dial elements to take advantage of (read: increased legibility) the larger dial the case offers.
We also have to pay attention to the lugs on the Patek Philippe 5970R Tiffany, as they are unique to the 5970. A closer inspection reveals many angles, and how they swoosh to connect with the curves of the case. In this way, they act as a bridge between the circular case profile and the rectangular chronograph pushers. These undoubtedly offer a tough problem to solve, preserving sharp edges while still leaving them polished, all of which show an absolute dedication to craftsmanship.
With this movement, the Patek Philippe 5970R Tiffany marks another piece of Patek Philippe history, as it was the last model to be equipped with the Lemania-based CHR 27-70. This was driven by the decision of the Swatch Group to stop selling its movements to other brands, which is why the subsequent reference 5270 moved to an in-house movement.
With the CHR 27-70, we can see what the movement can do. It started out as a Lemania 2310 column-wheel chronograph movement, also known as the movement that powered the Omega Speedmaster series that flew to the stars. From this fairly well-established base, Patek Philippe has made several improvements to the movement, including a free-spring Gyromax balance that can be thermally compensated and adjusted in eight positions. In addition to other improvements in the balance spring and shock absorption, there is a level of finish and quality that you don’t often see. All of this comes together to create a movement with the Hallmark of Geneva that you could easily get lost in, with or without the aid of a magnifying glass. buy watches online
This is not to ignore the technical challenges posed by chronographs or perpetual calendars themselves. Combining these with the moon phase complication is not a problem many people want to solve. Some will try, but not many can do it with the level of artistry that Patek Philippe is capable of.
If you’re considering Patek Philippe, most of the competition you’re considering also comes from this brand. You can of course use the in-house movement of the newer 5270, ditch the chronograph with the 5050, or even opt for an annual calendar that is also signed by Tiffany
If you want to look at something other than Patek Philippe, but your watch still has tons of complications like the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25820SP or IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Chronograph will no doubt get it done Work.
For a watch as complicated as the Patek Philippe 5970R Tiffany, it confidently does what it does. That confidence comes from a design that is over 80 years old and has only made minor tweaks since the first design, and it’s been doing well. While the watch itself can certainly do a lot, it doesn’t come at the expense of the most basic of what we want from a watch – telling us the time, and maybe the date. These are the most common elements that people can take advantage of, all the others are waiting to be called and tell you how fast the next owner (your kid, of course) is going to ride the bike on the track.
For a watch as polished and powerful as the Patek Philippe 5970R Tiffany, it embodies its elegance in a very subtle package. It won’t hit you in the face for all the amazing things it can do (or how its calendar will keep track of things consistently), allowing rose gold to stand out and enhance functionality. Again, it’s quietly associated with Tiffany, with just a subtle signature on the lower part of the dial. There is no doubt that this wholesale watches will reflect its owner – who is confidently competent and always knows what they want for breakfast.