Cloisonné mastery of the Patek Philippe 5531G Grand ComplicationsFergus Nash
- The Patek Philippe 5531G Grand Complications pays tribute to their Geneva home
- The Grand Feu cloisonné section of the dial depicts a steamship from the Belle Époque fleet that has been cruising Lake Geneva for over a century
- The calibre R 27 HU is equipped with world time and minute repeater complications
Technical mastery is enough for some enthusiasts, however a certain degree of artistic expression is quite essential to draw out a genuine emotional connection with an object. The Patek Philippe 5531G Grand Complications is a rousing success in both areas, packing in phenomenal complications to a masterful case, and decorating it with an elaborate enamel dial. Released at Watches & Wonders 2023 and celebrating their Geneva heritage, the dial is also a tribute to the Belle Époque steamships that have been traversing Lake Geneva from as early as 1904.
As the centrepiece to the World Time display, the steamship of the Belle Époque fleet trails behind it a billowing Swiss flag, leaving no ambiguity as to the allegiance of Patek Philippe. Between the intricate cloisonné outlines of 18K gold lies an incredible execution of Grand Feu enamel (like in another W&W 2023 release from the brand), with depths of colour that belong up there with impressionist masters. If you can tear your eyes away from this handmade masterpiece, you’re then treated to the rest of the Patek Philippe 5531G. The case is made from a lustrous 18K white gold, and has a beautifully polished finish across the skeletonised lugs and the hobnail pattern on the case sides.
Although the exterior of the Patek Philippe 5531G is totally captivating, the inner workings of the watch are just as impressive. You will notice the single pusher at 2 o’clock which adjusts the World Time display in one-hour increments, and the slider at 9 o’clock which activates the minute repeater. Viewing the calibre R 27 HU from the sapphire display caseback, you’re treated to seeing the large gongs, a 22K gold micro-rotor, the balance, and the Patek Philippe seal. It runs for approximately 48 hours at a beat rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour.
The Patek Philippe 5531G Grand Complications pricing and availability:
The Patek Philippe 5531G Grand Complications is now live on their website, and will be available from select retailers. Price: On request
|Model||5531G Grand Complications|
|Case Dimensions||40.2mm x 11.49mm|
|Case Material||18K White gold|
|Water Resistance||Humidity and dust protection only|
|Dial||Grand Feu cloisonné enamel|
|Strap||Turquoise alligator leather|
|Movement||R 27 HU, minute repeater, world time|
|Power Reserve||48 hours|