Patek Philippe The 2017 Ref. 5960 models
Patek Philippe adds a second stainless-steel model and another in white gold to its everyday annual calendar and chronograph complication.
The annual calendar and the chronograph are two very useful complications, but putting them together creates a big challenge: chronographs usually have at least two subdials to record the elapsed hours and minutes, and the annual calendar requires separate displays for the day, date and month. With a case measuring only 40.5mm in diameter, however, Patek Philippe had to find an original solution to accommodate these five different elements on the dial. Luckily the brand has prior form in its Nautilus collection, where the chronograph function has already been shown on a single subdial, with elapsed hours around the centre and minutes on the periphery. It chose to use the same idea (albeit with the scales inversed) on the Ref. 5960/1A model that was first presented in stainless steel in 2014, with the annual calendar indications shown around the upper half of the dial. The result is a harmonious balance in which the two different functions are clearly separated in the upper and lower halves of the dial.
Ref. 5960/01G, white-gold case / right side of the case © Patek Philippe
For 2017, Patek Philippe has added a second model in stainless steel to the collection. Reference 5960/1A-010 inverses the dial colours of its predecessor, offering an ebony black opaline dial with contrasting white gold hour markers and surrounds for the day, date and month apertures (note also the subtle red number 1 seen at the start of every month). Reference 5960/01G introduces a white-gold case to this complication for the first time, matched with a blue dial, still with the gold markers, and a vintage-style brown calfskin strap with contrasting stitching. The stainless-steel model retails for 45,000 Swiss francs, with the premium for the precious metal of white gold taking the price up to 58,000 Swiss francs.
Ref. 5960/1A-010, stainless steel case / left side of the case © Patek PHilippe
The Reference 5960 is powered by the self-winding calibre CH-28-520 IRM QA 24H, which offers a fly-back chronograph function and the annual calendar with day-night indicator. The mainspring is rewound by a 21-carat red-gold oscillating weight and ensures a power reserve of up to 55 hours. The movement is equipped with Patek Philippe’s patented Gyromax® balance wheel and Spiromax® balance spring and is certified with the Patek Philippe Seal, which, as part of its strict standards, requires the movement to be accurate to between -3 and +2 seconds per day – one of the most stringent criteria in the entire industry.
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