World of Dif­fer­ence

Bespoke - - EMPEROR 1688 -

Patek Philippe al­ready makes the world’s most col­lectible and cov­eted watches but this year they launched some­thing that’ll get watch en­thu­si­asts even more ex­cited than usual. That’s be­cause the 5930G melds two of the Geneva watchmaker’s most pop­u­lar com­pli­ca­tions (a chrono­graph and a 24-city world-timer func­tion) in a sin­gle white-gold case bear­ing a very fash­ion­able blue guil­loché dial. That they did so within a case of just 39.5mm by 12.86mm ap­par­ently re­quired so much tinker­ing that the fi­nal cal­iber can be con­sid­ered en­tirely new. At 73,700 USD it’s not cheap but con­sid­er­ing the last time Patek com­bined these func­tions was in 1940 in a watch that now re­sides in the com­pany’s pri­vate mu­seum col­lec­tion, this new ver­sion rep­re­sents a banker of an in­vest­ment.

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