In its latest interpretation of the world time complication, Patek Philippe again pulls out all the stops, both in terms of craftsmanship and mechanical sophistication. A descendant of the famous Patek Philippe World Time watches launched during the 1930s, which rank among the most coveted collectors’ pieces today, Reference 5230 was introduced in 2016. Now for the first time, the brand crafts this cosmopolitan timepiece in a platinum case (38.5 x 10.23mm) combined with a blue dial.
Framed by the day and night indication, the watch face’s center is adorned with a new circular hand-guilloched motif that lends an intriguing interplay of light and shade to the blue colorway.
Beneath this feast for the eyes, the ultrathin self-winding movement Caliber 240 HU with its two city and 24-hour rotating disks serves to keep simultaneous and permanent track of the time in all 24 time zones. Thanks to an ingenious mechanism patented in 1999, the user can simultaneously correct all the World Time displays in one-hour increments by simply pressing the pusher at 10 o’clock.
Consisting of 239 meticulously finished parts including a 22k gold mini rotor, this mechanical microcosm is a mere 3.88mm tall. As is de rigeur at Geneva’s most prestigious manufactory, it bears the Patek Philippe Seal. Pricing is positioned at $70,970.
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