A REFINED CLASSIC
Available since 2016 in two rose gold versions with a dial in silvered opaline or ebony, the split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar Ref. 5204 is heir to one of Patek Philippe’s most sought-after grand complications. The Ref. 5204R-011, which is one of three new chronographs with additional complications launched in October, offers a contemporary interpretation of the iconic model by combining the precious metal with a matching slate grey dial and strap. Its hand-polished 40mm rose gold case, bearing a concave bezel and two-tier lugs, is a perfect foil for the indications on the sunburst dial, which are extremely legible despite the complex movement. The day and month are displayed in two in-line apertures at 12 o’clock, while the date hand at 6 o’clock incorporates the moonphase aperture. The small seconds and the instantaneous 30-minute counter appear on two subdials at 9 and 3 o’clock. An exhibition caseback allows one to admire the magnificent calibre CHR 29-535 PS Q, first introduced in 2012 on the Ref. 5204P001. Boasting a traditional architecture, the manually wound movement combines seven patented innovations – six for the chronograph and one for the split-seconds mechanism.