Patek Philippe Replica Ref. 5396 Crowns 20 Years of Annual Calendar Watches

It was in 1992 that Philippe Stern, president and owner of Patek Philippe Replica, tasked his watchmakers with creating a timepiece that would bridge the gap between simple calendar functions — date or day/date only, with adjustments necessary at the end of each month shorter than 31 days — and the mechanically elaborate and prohibitively expensive perpetual calendars, which account for the lengths of every month and even leap years, requiring adjustment only every hundred-odd years.

It wasn’t until 1996, however — 20 years ago — that the result of this horological challenge was presented to the public.Cheap Patek Philippe Replica, said to be the very first annual calendar wristwatch, with a patented construction, was voted Watch of the Year in 1997 and spawned an entirely new category of “useful complications” in the watch industry as well as 21 Patek Philippe watches over the past two decades equipped with annual calendars. The newest, Ref. 5396, a highlight piece from Patek’s collection at this year’s Baselworld, is intended as a celebration of this significant anniversary both for Patek and the watch world overall.

Like its predecessors, the new Patek Philippe Replica Watches requires adjustment only once per year, accommodating the lengths of all months except February. It comes in the now-iconic Patek Philippe Calatrava case, a style and shape that dates back to 1932 and has become “the archetype of all classic round watches,” according to Patek. Measuring a contemporary but relatively modest 38.5 mm in diameter and 11.2 mm thick, the case flows seamlessly into the strap lugs and frames the curved sapphire crystal with a smoothly polished bezel.

Underneath the crystal, the dial displays the classical elements of Patek Philippe’s calendar watches — an in-line double window in the upper half indicating the day and month; a large aperture at 6 o’clock for the date; and a moon-phase display ringed by a 24-hour subdial in the lower half. This layout is reminiscent of Patek’s Replica Watches perpetual calendar wristwatches of the 1940s and ’50s, the only aesthetic difference being the 24-hour scale, which serves as a day-night indicator, replacing the 31-day analog date scale of the vintage models.
All these functions are powered by Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H, an automatic movement that the wearer can admire through the watch’s clear sapphire caseback. It offers the wearer a very user-friendly experience when setting and resetting the calendar: the one yearly adjustment necessary, from February into March, takes just seconds thanks to the inset corrector buttons in the side of the case. The moon-phase requires even less regular attention; thanks to its precise-reduction wheel train, it should only need adjustment by one day every 122 years.

As is typical of Cheap Replica Watches movements, Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H is meticulously decorated in classical haute horlogerie fashion: rhodiumed bridges with côtes de Genève; round-chamfered edges and gold-filled engravings; an engraved Calatrava cross on the big, 21k gold rotor, along with circular graining and perlage; snailed patterns on the beveled flanks; and red bearing jewels. The movement also strives for superior rate accuracy, incorporating Patek’s proprietary Gyromax balance with a spring made of Silinvar, a derivative of silicon. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph and stores a maximum 45 hours of power reserve. Like every Cheap Patek Philippe Replica caliber since 2009, it has met the stringent standards of the company’s in-house quality mark, which exceed those for COSC chronometer certification.

The Patek Philippe Ref. 5396 Annual Calendar is available in two distinctive executions,one with a 5N rose gold case and silvery white opaline dial, the other in an 18k white gold case with a galvanic gray, sunburst-finish dial. The former comes on a chocolate brown alligator strap with rose-gold Calatrava fold-over clasp, while the latter is on a large-scaled matte black alligator strap with a white gold clasp.

Cheap Patek Philippe Replica Minute Repeaters in Action

Originating long before the widespread use of electricity, minute repeater watches were an ideal solution to discreetly check the time during the day and night. Whilst early examples produced a rather unspectacular muffled sound, the Cheap Patek Philippe Replica introduction of bells and, later, specially tuned gongs made it possible to chime not only the hours, but also the quarters, half-quarters, and five-minute intervals, each with different — and, most of all, much more pleasant — sounds. Today, the striking mechanism of a minute repeater is regarded as one of the most complex complications in horology, and therefore also one of the most exclusive and expensive to produce.

Cheap Patek Philippe Replica

Cheap Patek Philippe Replica

Patek Philippe Replica Watches has not only been a driving force in re-introducing minute repeaters during the last 25 years; the family-owned watch company also offers one of the larger, if not the largest, selection of men’s and ladies’ minute repeater wristwatches in its current collection. The company states that it takes a watchmaker 200 to 300 hours to assemble a minute repeater and that every finished timepiece, even if it’s the same watch reference in the same metal case, will sound subtly different. Also, every single watch is personally checked by the Patek Philippe Replica before leaving the manufacture.
As you will see below, the time is struck by small steel hammers on different gongs. Here are videos of all six references, along with pricing and specs.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5074R-012 in rose gold, automatic movement, Caliber R 27 Q; perpetual calendar with day, date, month, leap year, moon-phase and a.m./p.m indication; case diameter: 42 mm.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5207/700P-001 in platinum, manually wound movement, Caliber R TO 27 PS QI; perpetual calendar with tourbillon, day, date, month, leap year, moon-phase display and day/night indicator; case diameter: 41 mm.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5078P-001 in platinum, automatic movement, Caliber R 27 PS; enamel dial; case diameter: 38 mm.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5073P-010 in platinum, automatic movement, Caliber R 27 Q; perpetual calendar with day, date, month, leap year, moon-phase and 24-hour display; case diameter: 42 mm.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5304R-001 in rose gold, automatic movement, Caliber R 27 PS QR LU; perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand; case diameter: 43 mm.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5217P-001 in platinum, manually wound movement, Caliber R TO 27 PS QR; perpetual calendar with tourbillon, retrograde date hand, and moon-phase; case diameter: 39.5 mm.