Patek Philippe cheap watches are the most sought-after watches in the world today. This means that each Patek Philippe timepiece endows its owner with a unique aura. While most luxury watches combine top materials, the finest quality and unique designs, what sets Patek Philippe apart is creativity that is always at the core. Each piece takes at least nine months or more to create, with more complex timepieces taking over two years to complete. The complication series is Patek Philippe’s way of showing off.
What are complications?
The word “complication” has two meanings when referring to Patek Philippe watches.
By definition, in the world of horology, a “complication” is a watch that provides mechanical functions beyond hours, minutes, and seconds. The most immediate complication is displaying the date on a watch or clock. The next step will be an annual calendar showing the day of the week, date and month. Patek Philippe is known for more challenging complications involving more complex functions such as minute repeaters, split-second chronographs, chronometers, perpetual calendars, and more.
In the world of Patek Philippe watches, the term “complications” refers to a series of watches that contain these advanced complications. Hence it is named the Complications collection. Understandably, these collections retail at a higher price than regular luxury watches.
The higher the complication, the higher the price, culminating in the Grand Complications, an impressive number of functions for a single watch. Patek Philippe has pushed the boundaries of innovation with complications to make these timepieces truly unique.
To understand the movements involved in Patek Philippe watches, we first need to explain the naming rules for its movements. For example, Cal 30-255 means that the caliber is about 30.5mm in diameter and about 2.55mm thick.
The 5235-50R is visually different from all other Patek Philippe watches because of its adjustable display. Introduced in 2019, it replaces the highly sought after 5235-50G. However, it is the movement that makes this model shine. This movement, 30-260 REG QA, can only be found on the 5235 series with both hairspring (Spiromax) and silicon escapement (Pulsom ax). This is reflected in the chiseled edges of the bridges to host a movement with some interesting features. It beats at a frequency of 3.4 Hz, which allows for very precise looping. Improved tooth profile on the wheels for better energy transfer. Unlike most Patek Philippe watches which have a power reserve of 48 hours, it has a power reserve of 60 hours.
The design was inspired by Patek Philippe’s vintage releases. The 18K white gold case has a diameter of 40.5 mm, giving it a large feel due to its thinness and narrow bezel. The case stands out with its angular lugs and bold straight lines. Another unique feature is the deeply engraved Patek Philippe logo on the unpainted dial. Its Art Deco-style buckle is unique to this model and not featured on any other Patek Philippe watch.
Annual Calendar Chronograph
The Patek Philippe 5960/01G-001 is equipped with the company’s first self-winding chronograph movement. Caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H with annual calendar and flyback mechanism with vertical clutch. The movement and its complications are housed in a 13.5mm thick component, thinner than most chronographs, even thinner than Swiss luxury brands. A chronograph is more complicated than a perpetual calendar because you need to account for tactility and linearity. In addition, in addition to the annual calendar, the minute repeater and rattrapante must be packed into a compact package, demonstrating Patek Philippe’s watchmaking strength.
Unlike the steel case of its predecessor, the 5960-1A, the 5960/01G-001 features an elegant 18K white gold case, a blue dial, and an antiqued brown calfskin strap. Its black gold inlaid hour markers and silver opaline dial provide deep accents that accentuate its function and style. Because it combines sportiness with formality, it goes well with any outfit.
The date display alone required three patents to record innovations, complementing the traditional “big lever” mechanism unique to Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar. The 5236P-001 offers a cutting-edge perpetual calendar complication. The base movement is a modified version of its cousin, the 5235-50R. Caliber 31-260 PS QL is brand new. It is made of a calendar module mounted on the movement, which provides a higher rate at 4 Hz for greater timekeeping stability. The mainspring barrel has a higher torque than its predecessor to accommodate the extra power of the perpetual calendar. Since more energy is required to wind the mainspring barrel, a heavier micro-rotor is now made of platinum to optimize winding speed and efficiency. Unlike most high-end movements made of metal alloys, its hairspring is silicon with an outer layer of oxide, making it more antimagnetic, temperature-resistant, and stronger.
The size, weight, thinness and technical innovation of the 523 6P-001 make it a flagship perpetual calendar watch, not only for Patek Philippe, but for the entire Swiss watchmaking industry. Measuring 41.3mm in diameter, it is one of Patek Philippe’s most distinguished perpetual calendars, without other complications such as the Sky Moon 6002. The 5236P has a clean, modern look, accented with vertical brushed blue that deepens toward the edges. It also has a moon phase and day/night indicator.
The 5231J uses Louis Cottier’s patented solution. The local time displayed in the center is mechanically coupled to the outer ring, which rotates according to the city name engraved on the outer ring. Its trusty 240 HU caliber powers its movement and contains signature Patek Philippe innovations such as the Spiromax balance spring and Gyromax balance. Its movement consists of 239 parts and 33 jewels, has a power reserve of 48 hours and beats at a frequency of 3 Hz.
Wrapped in 18K gold, 5231J Rare Handcrafts is a stunning masterpiece of Patek Philippe’s World Time collection and the first modern piece to feature a medallion in cloisonné enamel. Its platinum predecessor was 5131/1P-001. The cloisonné enamel world map in dark tones is rich in detail despite its large size. The 5231J features unique winglet lugs for vintage style appeal. On the side of the case are the crown at 12 o’clock and the pusher at 10 o’clock for moving the hour hand, city dial and 24-hour dial.
6002G-010, also known as Tianyue Tourbillon, is a Patek Philippe masterpiece of art and technology. This is by far the most complicated watch produced by Patek Philippe. The movement is based on Caliber 89, which still holds the world record for the most complicated movement in a portable mechanical watch. The 6002G-010 has 13 complications and two dials, and the movement contains 686 components housed in a case just 12.6mm thick. The tourbillon ensures precision. The front dial contains the time, moon phases, perpetual calendar with retrograde date, and leap year in apertures. The rear dial contains a sky chart, sidereal time, moon phases and lunar orbits. To complete its mechanical complexity, it has a chime with two cathedral gongs.
The complication case, made of 18k white gold, is a work of art in itself, paying homage to the complications it contains. Countless hours, precision and meticulous work of many specialists in milling, applique setting and enamelling were condensed into this small watch. The engravings on the case and dial make the sculpture more suitable to describe the body of the watch. The dial is a masterpiece of champlevé, with gold numerals inlaid on enamel. Flowers and leaves are finely decorated with cloisonné enamel.
Since its launch in 1839, Patek Philippe has grown to become one of the most recognizable brands in the industry. Each timepiece is a finely crafted work created by its unique exquisite craftsmanship. This is as close to perfection as any mechanical watch can achieve. Patek Philippe’s complication collection is the pinnacle of Patek Philippe watches: ingenuity, precision, stunning design and extraordinary beauty. Patek Philippe complication watches are works of art, wrapped in mechanical masterpieces that make each watch truly unique. These watches are expensive, but collectors value each and every one of these watches for their appreciation over time. Diamond Source NYC carries these exceptional Patek Philippe timepieces in our store. We also carry a range of well-known collections such as Aquanaut, Nautilus, Calatrava, Golden Ellipse, Gondolo, Pocket Watches and Twenty-4. Each piece offers great value and is a worthwhile investment for the most discerning collector.