The Grand Complications collection from Patek Philippe showcases the superb artistry and skill of the true masters of horological complications. Since 1839, Patek Philippe have focused on showcasing the most complicated wristwatches, which embody an individual and distinguished elegance. First seen in the Patek Philippe collections in 1925, the Perpetual Calendar is one of the most famous and useful grand complications. This incredible feat of horological skill states the day, month, date, leap year, and moon phases automatically, without needing any manual adjustment until 2100. The 5160/500G-001 was first seen in 2016, and features instantaneous windows displaying the day, month, and leap year cycle. The date is indicated by a red enamelled retrograde hand, which moves each day along a circular segment, and which will effortlessly spring back to highlight the first day of each new month. The phases of the moon appear beneath this segment on the bottom half of the dial. The hand polished 38mm 18ct white gold case of the 5160/500G-001 features intricate, hand engraved acanthus leaf scrollwork decoration, which has been inspired by vintage firearm decoration. The highlight of this engraving can be seen on the hinged dust cover (officer's) case back, which attracts immediate attention with its sublime crisp finish. Scrollwork engraving is also featured on the centre section of the silvery opaline dial, and on the beautiful fold over clasp. Housing the famous self-winding mechanical movement (calibre 324 S QR), this piece has a maximum power reserve of 45 hours.
A perfect wristwatch to be worn now, and looked after for the next generation, the 5160/500G-001 showcases the pride felt by Patek Philippe in keeping the skill of hand engraving alive.