glass discs, it is the first time Patek Philippe has rendered a moon so realistically, and positioning it at the centre of the dial adds to its distinctiveness. The brand new 240 HU LU calibre was specifically designed to merge the world time and moon phase functions, and is relatively compact in both the men’s and women’s models.
The Grandmaster Chime is one of 2014’s most outstanding pieces. It’s the end result of years of design and execution, and is touted as Patek Philippe’s most complicated watch ever. The double-face watch, a first for the brand, is made possible by a unique reversing mechanism on its lugs. The 18K rose gold case is deftly chiselled by hand, resulting in a bezel featuring an intricate circular laurel wreath with coin-edge ribbing wrapping around its border. The time and date are shown on both dials, with one devoted to current time and the sonnerie function, and the other a perpetual calendar. The former indicates hours and minutes, a second time zone, alarm time, analogue perpetual date, moon phases, power reserve, crown position indicator, among other functions. Flip the case and you will see a 24-hour and minute sub-dial, a four-digit year display, and three calendar sub-dials with analogue indications for the day, month, date and leap-year cycle. The Grandmaster Chime is unquestionably a true marvel in the watchmaking world. Just one has been built so far out of a total of seven, and one of them will end up in the Patek Philippe Museum.
Highlighting the importance of this anniversary is that all the calibres, including the one for the Grandmaster Chime, are being produced only for the 175th anniversary collection, making each piece a true collector’s item. The grand celebration may fade into the past, but the watches will remain as a record of the history and craftsmanship on which Patek Philippe has been built—a record that will endure for years to come.
THE GRANDMASTER CHIME’S 18K ROSE GOLD CASE IS CHISELLED BY HAND