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Patek Philippe Exhibition 2015

Patek Philippe Exhibition 2015On the 5th October Pragnell will open its doors to reveal the outstanding Patek Philippe collection, including the 2015/2016 range announced at Baselworld. Come and see us between the 5th and the 9th October to experience a high quality and fascinating experience which gives an insight into one of the last great, privately owned Geneva watch houses.

One of many surprises from Patek at Baselworld 2015 was the introduction of the 5905P, an update to one of their most popular watches. In the past Patek's Annual Calendar Chronographs have been able to measure hours, the new 5905P features a 60-minute counter at 6 o'clock. Additionally, the case now comes in 42 mm, which is a first for the line. Dauphine hands show three facets with the centre being super-luminous for night vision. In the black version, the calendar aperture windows are also blackened, a small distinction that makes the display very inclusive. The navy dial on navy strap is bound to impress just as much. The movement sports the Patek Philippe Seal so it's guaranteed to run at -3/+2 seconds a day. This mechanism reduces wear, and for that reason the chronograph hand can also function as a running seconds hand without impacting on the accuracy of the movement.

The introduction of the 5270R in 2015 was a treat for all true fans of Patek Philippe, the family line of Perpetual Calendar Chronographs are considered by many aficionados to represent the perfect Patek Philippe wristwatch. The watch has an interesting history, it was first introduced way back in 1941 as the reference 1518 it was the first watch to be equipped with a chronograph and perpetual calendar. The tachymeter scale around the dial would have been a sporty but functional feature when first introduced. Although the tachymeter will rarely be used these days it has the same effect, the watch must be considered a sporty but classic everyday Patek. Even if very close in its look to its predecessor, the 5270 is a completely redesigned watch. A larger 41mm case has a new dial with a different layout. The old Calibre 27-70 CH is here replaced with the newer CH 29-535 PS, visually very similar but technically brand new. The watch features an 18k rose gold case, silvery opaline dial, rose gold applied hour markers and rose gold second, minute and hour hands. Few brands have a single model line spanning so many years that has ridden the tide of the watch industry. Patek Philippe is one of them - that is one of its enduring strengths.

The introduction of the 5960/1A in 2014 was a big shock for everyone. An Annual Calendar Chronograph in stainless steel on a bracelet, this fresh faced Patek is unashamedly aimed at the younger generation of Patek enthusiasts - those trying to ignore the lure of the sports models. The silvery opaline dial is very clear which makes the interpretation of time quick and simple and the hour and minute hands feature luminescent fill. At the 6 o'clock position, two chronograph registers are presented in concentric form with a 60-minute register sitting within a 12-hour chronograph counter. In the top of the dial three aperture windows reveal the day, date and month. There can be no deliberation about the ease in which they show information, everything is crystal clear and remarkably simple to understand. A useful power-reserve indicator is positioned below the date display. The Ref. 5960/1A is not designed for occasional wear or life in a museum, it is practical watch which can grace the arm on a daily basis. Make no mistake, this may be a contemporary timepiece, appealing to a younger audience, but it is most definitely a Patek.

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"We are very proud that Pragnell is hosting the Patek Philippe Exhibition Collection this week. Visitors will have the chance to learn about and experience more than 90 Patek Philippe timepieces, some of which are showcased for the first time in Stratford-upon-Avon. An unique and unmissable opportunity".

Mark Hearn, Managing Director for Patek Philippe UK