A WATCH FOR TRUE HIGH FLYERS, THE PATEK PHILIPPE ‘WORLD TIME CHRONOGRAPH’ IS THE NEW GOLD STANDARD FOR OVERSEAS TRAVEL .
While the high-end watch industry isn’t as fast-paced as the world of fashion, watchmakers are constantly under pressure to reinvent their mechanical wares so that they seem novel and noteworthy. Anniversaries have become an important tool in breathing new life into existing collections – nothing beats a birthday for a spot of self-celebration. So it was surprising that Patek Philippe chose not to honour the 40th anniversary of its most recognisable watch, the ‘Nautilus’, at this year’s Baselworld. In the absence of any new ‘Nautilus’, the reference ‘5930G’, or ‘World Time Chronograph’, has become Patek’s protagonist of the year. When it comes to world-timers, Patek Philippe is one of the big boys, the brand one of the first to adopt the original world time movement invented in 1935 by Louis Cottier. Since then, Patek has practically defined the way a world-timer looks, patenting two important in-house calibres in 1959 and 2000. More than that, the ‘5930G’ also incorporates a chronograph function – making it only the second time the brand has merged a stopwatch with a world-timer. The other example was custommade in 1940 and sits in the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva. At 39.5mm wide, and about 12mm tall, the white gold ‘5930G’ is incredibly compact for a world-timer chronograph. Its tremendously industrious dial displays the time in 24 time zones, while its self-winding movement delivers a minimum 50hour power reserve, should you ever deign to take it off. As for the ‘Nautilus’? Industry rumours suggest an updated example will be with us by the end of the year. jfarrenprice.com.au; patek.com