Patek Philippe Ref.5270/1R Gets the Midas Touch

By rolex
June 4, 2021
7 min read

The combination of a chronograph and a perpetual calendar is the exemplification of what Patek Philippe does best. This year we were entertained with not one but rather two 5270 references, one in platinum with a much-lauded salmon-hued dial and this rose gold model with a dark dial. Trickling in 18k rose gold from head to toe, Patek’s Ref. 5270/1R is as not quite the same as its platinum sibling as chalk and cheddar. With a similar refined in-house manual-twisting development as its kin, the 5270/1R comes with a luxurious rose gold bracelet with the QP correctors shrewdly covered up in the links.

The King of Complications

The Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is considered by numerous individuals as the apex of Patek Philippe’s watchmaking ability and its first part was written in 1941 with the dispatch of incredible Ref. 1518. The principal sequentially delivered perpetual calendar with chronograph, Ref. 1518 was a long time in front of different brands. A holier than sacred goal piece, the $11 million paid for a stainless steel 1518 model from 1943 at an auction held by Phillips two years prior (establishing the world precedent for the most costly wristwatch at any point sold at auction, until it was supplanted by Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona which accumulated $17m in 2017) gives you a sign of the offering craze these watches can generate.

As an individual from this regal genealogy, the current delegate – Ref. 5270 – made its presentation in 2011 with an overhauled dial, a bigger 41mm case size and, above all, an in-house manual-winding development, type CH 29-535 PS Q. For a survey of the beginning of the 5270 in the course of recent years, you can peruse our top to bottom article here .

Move over crocs, here come the gold diggers!

Admittedly, a specific measure of certainty (and a sound ledger) is needed to tie on this powerful Midas. Dribbling in 18k rose gold from head to toe, Patek’s Ref. 5270/1R is as unique in relation to the platinum model as night and day. As any Patek lover knows, past 5270 references went ahead an attractive gator tie. For 2018, a staggering rose gold bracelet makes its introduction. Neither the case, the development, or the bracelet are new – the gold bracelet is likewise shared by the Ref. 5204 Split-Seconds Chronograph Perpetual Calendar – however the combination of this bracelet on this watch is the thing that is novel.

Described as ‘goutte‘ or bead style, the 18k rose gold bracelet mixes consistently into the case and is composed of five lines of drops. A plan that is restrictive to Patek, every bead is cleaned by hand and orchestrated in a stunned course arrangement to create a wonderful streaming sensation and an insuperable impression of gracefulness for the wearer. Every individual line of connections moves to adjust to the forms of your wrist and plays with the light to make a dynamic, steadily changing, natural surface. The correctors for the perpetual calendar shows have been cautiously gotten into the connections nearest to the case, two on the top (to change the month, year and date)  and one on the base (to address the moon stage complication). The bracelet is joined to the wrist with a smooth foldover fasten, which thus is engraved with the Maison’s trademark Calatrava Cross.

It probably won’t be some tea, however recognition for a job well done. This bracelet is a piece of stunning adornments in its own privilege and beholds back to the age when many top-level brands endowed their bracelets to the acclaimed Geneva-based chain and bracelet creator, Gay Frères. Scrutinizing watch auction locales, we went over a pined for 1948 Ref. 1518 with a rich pink gold bracelet that was sold at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: One  in 2015 for CHF 1,445,000. Depicted as a “uncommon pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph with pink dial, moon stages and weighty Gay Frères bracelet”, the gold bracelet cost nearly as much as the watch in its day.

Ebony and gold

The case and its incorporated bracelet structure a solitary amazing collection of cleaned rose gold. Like the bracelet, the 41mm rose gold case shows a similar commitment to detail and refinement that characterizes Patek. Simply take a gander at those chronograph pushers with their differentiating cleaned surfaces and silk brushed sides, or the perfectly erupted carries that delicately bend and tighten to meet the bracelet!

Since its presentation in 2011, the 5270 has gone through a hint of restorative medical procedure including the expulsion of a twofold jawline and the reincorporation of the tachymeter scale ( read here for point by point examination of the changes gone through on the dial). The design of the dial is indistinguishable from the platinum form however, you will concede, looks totally changed. The dark sunburst dial appears to magnify and improve the radiance of the rose gold case and bracelet. Notwithstanding, the balance and clarity that has portrayed this model throughout the previous 77 years are without a doubt in place.

The sensational difference managed by the serious dark dial highlights all the rose gold and golden subtleties on the dial: the gold facetted applied hour markers (the platinum variant highlights Arabic numerals), the golden edge of the twofold window at 12 o’clock for the day of the week and month, the hands, the golden moon and stars in the moon stage sub-dial and even the jump year and day/night openings. With the differentiating tachymeter scale, seconds track, chrono counter, little seconds and date with white numerals, neatness is ideal. In one more measure to upgrade decipherability, the chronograph hands are sandblasted and the 30-minute chronograph sub-dial and the little seconds are snailed, just like the chest molded gap for the moon stage pointer. Inquisitively, the jump year marker, put in a round opening keeps a white foundation rather than a dark background.

Patek’s in-house movement

The reference 5270/1R is fueled by the manual-winding type CH 29-535 PS Q. It combines a perpetual calendar with Patek’s segment wheel chronograph type dispatched in 2009. The chronograph system is associated with the timekeeping gear train by a flat grasp and highlights bouncing minutes. Working at 28,800 vibrations each hour, it can – with the chronograph withdrew – store between 55 to 65 hours of force save. The Gyromax offset is combined with a hairspring with a Breguet terminal bend. It comprises no less than 456 impeccably completed parts.

As with each advanced Patek Philippe watch, it is covered by the  Patek Philippe Seal , meaning high principles and exacting quality control applied in the assembling of each and every component of the watch with rigorous standards of structure, of capacity, and of exactness. A nearby look permits us to see the cleaned inclined points of the scaffolds and of the switches, the straight graining of the few components that compose the chronograph, the cleaned screw heads and spaces, a few gold chatons and Geneva stripes that proceed starting with one extension then onto the next. The magnificence of this development additionally comes from its wonderfully profound format, which allows a perspective on the movement of the cog wheels and switches when the pushers are actuated. The watch is conveyed with a compatible strong back in rose gold and replaces the rose gold archetype on a gator strap.

So, if a Patek 5270 is on your list of things to get and you have no doubts about showing your gold, this is unquestionably the model for you. Value EUR 174,900. Kindly counsel www.patek.com for additional details.