This year, the lineage comes full circle with the new Ref. 5320G. For one, the watch showcases all the hallmarks of Patek Philippe, with a strong nod to the brand’s aesthetics of the 1940s and 1950s. There are, of course, the day and month apertures on the upper half of the dial. Then there’s the moon phase display and date indicator on the lower half. What might not be immediately apparent is the small day/night indicator located between 7 and 8 o’clock along with a leap year cycle positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The 40mm case comes in white gold, while the dial is brass with a cream-colored lacquer. The latter, in particular, affects a vintage appearance and definitely resonates with longtime fans of the brand. Other notable nods to the past include the three-tiered lugs inspired by the Ref. 2405 which was launched in the 1950s, as well as the baton-like hands that take after the Ref. 1463 chronograph. Beneath this layer of nostalgia, the Ref. 5320G is powered by the latest advances in watchmaking, featuring, for instance, Patek Philippe’s Gyromax balance and Spiromax balance spring.
All in all, the Ref. 5320G beautifully wraps up an amazing chapter in Patek Philippe’s ongoing history— one of timepieces that will keep the time, perpetually.