When you really fall for someone, there’s a point where you just can’t get close enough. It’s the same with Patek Philippe. Over the years, we’ve photographed a wide range of their models, and the closer the shot, the tighter the macro, it’s almost always a case of the more magnified the wonder. These are our favourite nine. Choosing was hard, but that’s love, we guess. The first line from the review of the Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph Ref. 5370P: The new Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph (Ref.5370P to its friends) is the new must have über-Patek. The second line from the review of the Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph Ref. 5370P: The talk about Patek Philippe this year centred on their controversial attempt to break into younger market segments – AKA the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. It’s easy then to forget that Patek released other watches, many of them every inch the classic Patek. The first line from the post about the Patek Philippe 5270G Perpetual Calendar Chronograph: “It’s the Macdaddy”, says our host. Whatever it is, we’re dying here. The first line from the review of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001: Patek Philippe have released a rose gold and dark chocolate version of the classic Nautilus 5711. Never mind the buzz-piece… Read More
If you like pilot’s watches, you need to head to the nearest airshow immediately. Irrespective of whether your eyeline lifts up to the craft in the air, or stays firmly on wrists, an airshow will give you more of a chance to spot aviation related watches than just about any other place. This setting – Avalon airshow, on the outskirts of Geelong – is where I spotted this dashing Patek Philippe 5524G, AKA the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. It’s a watch that Felix and I hotly debated when it was released a couple of years ago. To recap, the topline quote was this: “The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is the watch that’s confusing the most people at Baselworld 2015. While the familiar Patek quality is there, that is pretty much the only thing about this watch people are associating with the name on the dial.” We wondered, not only then, but several times throughout the year, whether it would be worn by real pilots, or by mere earthbound Patek collectors? This question was answered emphatically by the watch’s owner, Sebastian, who is not only a pilot, but who is authorised to fly in formation – and has done so with the Australian… Read More
Editor’s note: One morning at work, around 9:20am, I looked up from my desk and saw a face peering through the front door. This isn’t so unusual; our office has the sort of shop front that makes us look like we might be a retail space – we field a few of these queries a week. So when the face opened the door, and walked in, I certainly didn’t expect it to say, “Is this Time+Tide?” Turns out David works a few doors down the road, and is a big fan of our work (thanks for that), and recognised our office from videos. So, after we made introductions I (naturally enough) asked what was on his wrist, and was (to be frank) somewhat disappointed to see that it was an Apple Watch. But when David said that the Apple was his work watch, and that his other watch (to paraphrase bumper stickers everywhere) was a Patek, I had to know more. A few weeks later I caught up with David and found out the story behind his Patek Philippe Aquanaut. You don’t see too many Aquanauts around – what’s the story behind it? I’ve always wanted a Patek, and two… Read More
Last year Patek Philippe’s showstopper Basel release was the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. Perhaps the most notable feature of Patek’s foray into the world of aviation watches was just how polarising it was. While diehard PP fans quickly dug into the archives to prove the wildly off-brand model actually had a forebear, most of the watch world issued a pretty heavy shrug – yeah, it was a pilot, sure to draw a younger crowd, but it was also in white gold and not at a price point that was going to unlock younger wallets. In other words, it created conversation. It was genuinely divisive. Fast-forward to Basel 2016 and Patek’s headline release, the reference 5930G World Time Chronograph is about as far removed from the Calatrava Pilot as possible. The 5930G is a very safe watch for Patek – combining two complications the brand is famous for, with an exquisitely designed and executed dial, all wrapped up in an elegant 39.5mm white gold case. It’s a watch that has met with nothing but praise since it was announced. Patek have made a world time chronograph before, but that was a unique piece made way back in the 1940, so it… Read More
Beautiful watch – tell us a little bit about it. It’s the Patek 5975 in rose gold. It’s a special multi-scale chronograph Patek made to commemorate their 175th anniversary. I applied to get the platinum version, but the rose gold was what I was offered, and given that it’s limited to 400 pieces, I was happy to get it. I really love the soft rose gold of the case. I find gold watches can sometimes be a bit stark, but that’s not an issue with rose gold. What’s it like to wear? I generally wear small vintage pieces, so this is a big change for me. It’s 40mm in size – one of the biggest watches I own – and has a presence on the wrist. However,the case has lovely features including the deco style stepped lugs, which seem to soften things. The vintage appearance makes the watch wear smaller than its measurements. There’s a lot going on in that dial – pulsometer, telemeter and a tachymeter! Is it hard to tell the time? At first glance it does look very busy, with lots of numbers and curves. It also lacks the elapsed time subdials you’d normally associate with a… Read More
The story in a second: Patek Philippe have released a rose gold and dark chocolate version of the classic Nautilus 5711. Never mind the buzz-piece (hello there Pilot), it’s their best release of 2015. There was a lot of fuss about Patek Philippe’s new watches this year, with the eye-brow raising Calatrava Pilot and their much more on-brand split-seconds chronograph. If Patek made music rather than watches, the Pilot and the split-seconds would be their latest album’s lead singles. Big, highly produced and attention-grabbing. Initially they’re the only songs getting played. After a little bit of time and reflection though, we have some important news; our favourite track is actually one that appeared further down on the listing. In fact, it’s a remastered version of one of their greatest hits – the Nautilus. The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001 is structurally and technically identical to the classic 5711 ‘Jumbo’ that was introduced in 2006, itself a direct predecessor to the original Nautilus introduced in 1976 – the 3700. It’s the Nautilus at its most pure – pared back to time, date and that iconic Gerald Genta design. It’s the ultimate luxury sports watch. This is the first time the 5711 has been… Read More
Your name: Tom Your watch: Patek Philippe 5712 When – did you buy it? My parents gave it to me as a Christmas present. I love it. Every watch I own has been for a special occasion. Whether it’s a grandfather passed down watch, or a 21st, or something from my wife. Every watch reminds me of some kind of event. What – was special about this Christmas? (Tom’s wife Hoda interjects) This one was a bit random. I gave him a watch as a wedding gift and he got a watch for his 21st and his 16th (his grandfather’s Patek Philippe). You would never wear this kind of watch. It’s a really old, gold, delicate, antique one. Why – do you love this watch? I like that it’s sporty on a rubber strap. I can wear it casually, I can wear it to work. I can wear it to the beach.