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The Entire Lineage Of Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar

Posted: August 19th 2019, 3:05pm
by koimaster
Benjamin Clymer 6 years ago
Categories Reference Points, Patek Philippe

Monday August 19th, 2019

Welcome to the first in an ongoing series we're calling "Reference Points." In this series, we will be working backwards in a way, to tell all you lovers of horology about some important watches that we feel make up the foundation of modern wristwatches. We've tried to give you tidbits of historical knowledge in several of our articles over the years – in particular those from the "Historical Perspectives" category – but now we're going even further. For our first "Reference Points" feature, we're starting with what is arguably the most important pairing of complications there is – perpetual calendar chronographs by Patek Philippe. And we're taking you all the way back to the beginning.

I'm not sure there is a more important family of watches than the one we're about to discuss. Rolex dive watches, maybe? Probably not, even. Perpetual calendar chronographs from Patek Philippe make up a veritable royal legacy in wristwatch collecting that even today, in the year marking Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary, hasn't been matched. The combination of complications – a perpetual calendar mechanism coupled with a chronograph – is such a remarkable thing, in which the sum is so much greater than its parts. In this feature, we will examine six historical references, none of which are still in production, with a few mentions of some important outliers. These are references that, in the opinion of this publication, every watch lover should know. Let's start at the beginning.. ... ronographs