The Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Show 2019 is about to start on March 21st, and the high-end watch PatekPhilippe has released a new timepiece in advance. . The brand is committed to presenting the deepest structure with the smallest diameter and thickness of the timepiece, which can be seen from its works. This watchmaker also insists that every complex function, regardless of the degree of precision, is easy to use and safe to operate, and this watch does it.
Based on its exclusive dual-time dual-time zone display device, Patek Philippe adds a 24-hour alarm function, presents the latest top-of-the-line complicated automatic timepiece, and uses a hammer to strike the classic gong to interpret the alarm signal. Time watch style
This timepiece is equipped with two central hours: a hollow hand to indicate the home time, and a solid hand to indicate the local time at the main position of the watch. At 3:30, the time of the hometown is displayed, and at 8:30, the local time is displayed. The time zone device is well-designed, even if travelling across different time zones, it will not hurt the watch’s speed performance. The lower part of the surface is provided with a pointer date display panel, which runs synchronously with the local time. Therefore, when the local time is moved forward or backward past midnight, the date display number automatically increases or decreases.
At 6 o’clock, there is an auxiliary display panel with small platinum hands to indicate the date along the scale of 1 to 31; ‘1’ is shown in red to emphasize the first day of each month
In order to create a practical travel timepiece, Patek Philippe is determined to combine the time zone of the two places with the alarm function as if the date is connected to the local time display. The brand has added the concept of alarm, which is indicated by a classic reed sound. When the alarm function is triggered, the watch’s hammer will hit 2.5 times per second, continuously hitting a gong that surrounds the movement for 40 seconds. The watch, like a minute repeater, is equipped with a centrifugal governor to ensure that the spring sound is stable and orderly. It is worth mentioning that this watch is Patek Philippe’s first reed timepiece with a waterproof case, which can be a great help for people traveling to humid climate countries. In order to ensure the best sound quality of the watch, the brand attaches the gong directly to the side of the watch, rather than the side of the movement, so as to reduce the degree of sound attenuation of the waterproof case.
The crown is at 4 o’clock. If you want to adjust the alarm time, you must pull it out half before you can set the time by turning the crown back and forth in 15 minutes.
The watch is equipped with the new AL 30-660 S C FUS movement. The new self-winding movement has a precise structure. The movement has a diameter of 31 mm and a thickness of 6.6 mm. It uses a Gyromax® balance and a Spiromax® hairspring made of Silinvar® silicon. This novel material has unique characteristics. The patented geometry of the hairspring ensures reliable movement and accurate speed. The movement is equipped with a stop-second device, which allows people to set the time to the second.
The transparent bottom cover shows the subtle structure and delicate processing details of the movement, including the chamfered and polished edges of the splint bridge, the curved grooves on the 21K gold automatic plate, and the Geneva circle texture decoration
In order to make the display clear and readable, the brand uses digital to express the alarm time. There are double display windows under the 12 o’clock position of the faceplate to display the corrected alarm time numbers. There is also a circular day / night indicator under the double display window. White indicates the alarm time is from 6 am to 6 pm, and blue indicates 6 pm to 6 am. The alarm hour and minute display device drives the differential gear set, which drives the gear set to constantly compare the preset alarm time with the current local time. The device also has a system to offset the mechanical backlash, which is enough to allow people to accurately preset the spring bell sound one minute before the next quarter of an hour.
A small bell-shaped display window is provided below the 12 o’clock position of the faceplate to show the status of the alarm function. White indicates that the alarm function is activated, and black indicates that the alarm function is off. The button is decorated with the same bell-shaped embossed symbol and has the same locking device as the dual time zone button
At first glance, the two-time time alarm watch number 5520P-001 is reminiscent of another Patek Philippe timepiece. The Calatrava pilot two-time time watch, which was released in 2015. The new two-time alarm clock is like a platinum timepiece under Patek Philippe, with a diamond at the 6 o’clock position. Both faceplate technology and elegant style are combined, and the layout ensures legibility, highlighting the design style derived from the pilot’s timepiece. The surface adopts large Arabic numerals and large Barton-style hands, all made of white gold, and added with a white Superluminova luminous coating, which contrasts with the ebony radial background. Like all time watches in two places, the skeleton home time hour hand moves slowly on the second plane of the faceplate. The seconds hand is long, the tip is turned along the track minute scale, and the scale is marked with a five-minute dot. The watch is paired with a matte black calfskin strap on the wrist, with contrasting stitching and leather contrasting with the dial. The strap is fastened with a horseshoe pin, showing the unique characteristics of the pilot’s timepiece.
5520P-001 Two Time Alarm Clock
Platinum material / AL 30-660 SC FUS self-winding movement / hour, minute, second, date display / dual time display / alarm function / digital alarm time display / day and night display / sapphire crystal mirror / water-resistant 30 meters / Table diameter 42.2mm / Reference price: 1,500,000 RMB