Patek Philippe Patek Philippe Singapore 2019 Special Editions
The six Patek Philippe special limited edition pieces for Southeast Asia launched at the Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore.
At the fifth Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition held in Singapore, Patek Philippe launched six limited editions for their largest and longest-running brand presentation in the series. Red was the key colour theme for the limited editions that threw the spotlight on the brand’s minute repeaters, world time watches and the Aquanaut.
Known as the “Singapore 2019 Special Editions” because the city-state is the venue for Watch Art Grand Exhibition at Sands Theatre in Marina Bay Sands, these pieces are produced specially for Patek Philippe’s Southeast Asian markets.
1. Patek Philippe Ref. 5303R-010 Minute Repeater Tourbillon
The Ref. 5303 Minute Repeater Tourbillon is the pièce de résistance among the Singapore 2019 Special Editions. This is a new grand complication for Patek Philippe that made its world première at the Watch Art Grand Exhibition. Limited to 12 pieces, the Ref. 5303 is housed in an 18K rose gold case 42mm in diameter and has the thickness of 12.13mm.
Ref. 5303R-010 Tourbillon Répétition Minutes © Patek Philippe
The Calibre R TO 27 PS manual-winding movement powers the Ref. 5303 and it is an enhanced and re-engineered version of the famed Calibre R 27 minute repeating movement. The gongs are attached directly onto the inside case band. The white gold intarsias on the case flank and strap lugs feature Arabesque and latticework decorations. Even the minute repeating slide is in white gold. The Singapore flag is the inspiration for the white stars on the red-lacquered sapphire crystal hour ring.
2. Patek Philippe Ref. 5531R-010 World Time Minute Repeater
Part of the map of Singapore takes centre stage on the dial of the Ref. 5531 World Time Minute Repeater in the form of the cloisonné enamel dial. The gold wires in the cloisonné technique have been meticulously positioned to form the roads and outlines of the land and formations. The map depicts the area at the mouth of the Singapore River. Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands where the Watch Art Grand Exhibition is being staged is located at 6 o’clock on the enamel dial. On the cities disc, Singapore is at 12 o’clock in place of Beijing.
Ref. 5531R-010 Répétition Minutes Heures du Monde © Patek Philippe
As with the Ref. 5531 Grand Complication that was first introduced at the New York Watch Art Grand Exhibition and added in the regular collection in 2018, this Singapore 2019 Special Edition chimes the current local time of the city indicated at 12 o’clock and by the central hour and minute hand as opposed to the home time. The two gongs of the minute repeater are attached directly to the case band rather than the plate for optimum sound quality.
The Ref. 5531 World Time Minute Repeater in rose gold is equipped with the Calibre R 27 HU automatic movement and is limited to five pieces.
3. Patek Philippe Ref. 5930G-011 World Time Chronograph
The Ref. 5930 World Time Chronograph, limited to 300 pieces and in the black and red combination, houses the Calibre CH 28-520 HU automatic movement. The centre dial graduating from black to red features the hand-guillochage technique. Red, as noted by Patek Philippe, symbolises vitality, success and good fortune in Southeast Asia. The chronograph mechanism is based on the vertical clutch system and as such, can also be used as the continuous sweep seconds hand with no impact on the movement’s accuracy and power reserve.
Ref. 5930G-011 Chronographe Heures du Monde © Patek Philippe
4. Patek Philippe Ref. 5167A-012 Aquanaut
Limited to 500 pieces, the Ref. 5167 Aquanaut in steel features a bright red strap made of composite material. The Aquanaut sports watch with its characteristic satin-finish octagonal bezel with rounded corners has a unisex appeal is water-resistant to 120 metres. Its Calibre 324 S C can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back.
Ref. 5167A-012 Aquanaut © Patek Philippe
5. Patek Philippe Ref. 5067A-027 Aquanaut Luce
The Ref. 5067 Aquanaut Luce, limited to 300 pieces, is a head-turner with the new raspberry red dial and strap. The 46 diamonds on the octagonal bezel complements this feminine timepiece powered by Patek Philippe’s quartz movement.
Ref. 5067A-027 Aquanaut Luce © Patek Philippe
6. Patek Philippe Ref. 7234A-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
The Ref. 7234 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is the only Singapore 2019 Special Edition without any visible traces of red. Limited to 400 pieces, it is presented in a 37.5mm diameter stainless steel case and comes with a blue calfskin strap, marking a first in the Patek Philippe collection.
Ref. 7234A-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time © Patek Philippe
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