Patek Philippe Ref. 5270P: Malaysia Price and ReviewWritten by Sim Wie Boon
The perpetual calendar chronograph has always been the strongman of Patek Philippe’s stable. First unveiled in the form of the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518, it has since become arguably one of the most important complications in the 20th century.
The latest form of the complication is interpreted through the 5270 collection, originally launched in 2011. Since then, we’ve seen nearly a dozen variations with the latest one being the Ref. 5270P launched this year.
From the get go, the most visibly interesting feature of the watch is of course its salmon dial, or the ‘golden opaline’ dial as Patek Philippe would call it. Now the salmon dials have long been associated with rare and special Pateks and usually found on custom dials (Eric Clapton has a couple) or limited edition pieces, which makes it quite something that the brand decide to incorporate it into the latest 5270.
Despite the vintage effect that the salmon dial has, the 5270P gets a touch of modernity with the black gold Arabic numerals instead of the usual baton hour markers. This contrast of blackened gold with the warm salmon tone makes for a well-balanced and handsome combination. Apart from that, the dial layout is pretty similar to previous versions.
The other notable feature you can immediately see on the watch is the platinum case. This is a first for the 5270 line as previous models were crafted in gold. Just like the salmon dial, platinum Pateks are highly coveted for their rarity and exclusivity. Apart from that, the case remains largely unchanged at 41mm, with a 12mm thickness. This could come off quite large on the wrist given the sizable crown, square pushers and flared lugs.
Flipping the watch over, the admirable Calibre CH 29-535 PS Q movement is shown in all its glory via a sapphire display caseback. Used in previous 5270 models, this hand-wound engine provides a power reserve of 55 to 65 hours when fully wound, and with the chronograph disengaged.
Consisting of 456 parts with 33 jewels, the movement is a hallmark for Patek as it removes the manufacturer’s dependency on Lemania-based movements for its perpetual calendar chronographs. At a glance, the polished column wheel and Côtes de Genève finishing, alongside the watch’s complex craftsmanship, make it quite a sight to behold.
Contemporary in design, traditional in aesthetics and highly technological in essence, the Ref. 5270P is a watch with very little flaws. Now you’ll just need to start saving.
|41mm polished platinum|
Golden opaline with blackened gold applied numerals
Calibre CH 29-535 PS Q
|Hand stitched chocolate brown alligator leather with square scales with fold-over clasp|
|Chronograph, instantaneous 30-minute counter, perpetual calendar, day, month, leap year and day/night indication, moon phases, small seconds, tachymetre scale|
Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.
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