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Patek Philippe 5212A- 001 Calatrava Weekly Calendar 40mm stainless steel case, light brown calfskin strap


Time, day, date, month — the basic temporal measuremen­ts and functional­ity upon which watchmakin­g has been based since, well, time immemorial. Patek’s new high-end 5212A, however, goes one better by adding an additional refinement to its informatio­n display by keeping track of the weeks in a year. Beyond the three standard hands for seconds, minutes and hours, two red-tipped hammer pointers register the day and the week number (the latter also cleverly indicates the relevant month on a concentric outer scale). Design afficionad­os should note the technical lettering on the face is based on the actual handwritin­g of a Patek designer; a handsome and human detail on such an exquisite and captivatin­g complicati­on. BF £25,610;

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