World Timers and Quadruple Comps steal the show at the grand expo.
The Patek Philippe copy Watch Art Exhibition opened today in Tokyo, Japan. We got a first-hand look at everything Patek Philippe has to offer, from historic pieces to heavyweights and, of course, novelties for the event. I mean, little did we expect the brand to host a show in one of the most amazing places on earth without giving us something fresh to celebrate.
In terms of watches (as High Art pocket watches are also on display), there are six watches: four with complications and two colorful Calatravas. I’ll focus on what I consider to be the three versions that stand out, the 5308R and the two world timers.
Let’s start with the Quadruple Complication 5308P, a split-seconds chronograph in platinum with a minute repeater and instant perpetual calendar. This 42mm (17mm thick) absolute timepiece is large, but the size allows for some serious watchmaking. The self-winding R CHR 27 PS QI caliber (with platinum mini-rotor) provides this monopusher chronograph and perpetual calendar with instant date change every night at midnight.
The main news here is that this is an update to the reference. 5208, originally launched in 2011. The high quality copy watch is the first Patek Philippe watch to include an aperture-based perpetual calendar, a chronograph and a minute repeater, and is thus a triple complication. Here, Patek Philippe and its watchmaking team have been able to add a split-seconds function to the watch, hence the “quartet” in the name.
Now we’ve seen the 5208 in various metals in the past, including Titanium on the Only Watch. But this 5308, with its platinum case and killer salmon dial, really feels like an update on that design, and a powerful one at that. Like all new releases today, this watch will only be available in Tokyo at the same time as the exhibition, and will be limited to 15 pieces. It will feature two casebacks, one in sapphire and one in platinum – both with commemorative inscriptions.
Next up is the referee. 5531R – inherits the deep lineage of Patek Philippe world time watches, but adds a minute repeater through the self-winding R 27 HU movement. The patented chime mechanism allows the time zone local time displayed at 12 o’clock on the time dial to be chimed.
Speaking of the dial, it’s finished in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel. Usually on these luxury copy watches we get more of a traditional map design in the continental sense. For the exhibit, we have here a beautiful map of downtown Tokyo. The case is hand-guillochéd.
Making headlines is a watch that is hard to miss because of its deep purple (Plum as Patek calls it) dial color. That would be the 5330G world time date. The special feature of this watch is that it is the first world time watch equipped with a date display synchronized with local time. This was made possible through the development of the caliber 240 HU C, itself based on the ultra-thin self-winding 240 HU. It is equipped with a patented differential system for managing the local time date. According to Patek Philippe in the announcement, the date mechanism alone consists of about 70 parts.
To cement this as a special limited edition for the show, certain design cues clearly call to Japan, such as the red Tokyo text and the Japanese rising sun logo in place of the usual sun symbol. Patek Philippe applied for two patents on the red date display displayed on the beveled flange made of glass.
In addition to these works, Patek Philippe copy also launched a series of colorful Calatrava works.