Thursday, December 13, 2018

Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater ref. 5531R Ultra-thin Automatic Watch

Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater ref. 5531R Ultra-thin Automatic Watch
In July 2017, on the occasion of its fourth Grand Exhibition, Patek Philippe launched the world premiere of the 5531R World Time Minute Repeater, a limited series of 10 watches. Today, this model forms an integral part of the brand's collection. It combines two grandes complications dear to Patek Philippe: the minute repeater and world time.

Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater ref. 5531R Ultra-thin Automatic Watch
As a result, this new timepiece boasts a world time minute repeater that always chimes the local time wherever you are, unlike other watches of this type, which chime the time in your home country. Equipped with the new R 27 HU caliber, entirely manufactured in-house, the wearer of this masterpiece can set the hour strike to the nearest second, using the 24-hour display of the world time mechanism. Beyond the sheer watchmaking achievement, the process itself has been patented. And for the first time on a Patek Philippe minute repeater, the gongs are affixed to the case middle, not to the movement plate, resulting in incomparable acoustic quality.

Movement
Ultra-thin automatic self-winding mechanism, caliber R 27 HU, 462 components, 45 rubies, 21,600 vph (3 Hz), unidirectional gold mini-rotor (22k), Gyromax® balance, Spiromax® balance spring, hand guilloché Clous de Paris decoration. 48-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, local time minute repeater, 24-zone world time with 24-hour display and day/night indication

Case
5N (18k) rose gold, 42 mm, interchangeable sapphire crystal and solid case back

Dial
3 zones: Gold and cloisonné enamel centre with Lavaux landscape, lacquered silver-plated opaline city disc with black transfer, 24-hour gold disc with day/night display. Rose gold applied hands

Bracelet/strap
Alligator, with large glossy chocolate-brown scales, 18k rose gold folding clasp