This year at Baselworld, Patek Philippe introduced two new versions of the Patek Philippe Ref. 5396 …
“Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph watch replica is the beacon for traditional watchmaking and, in the end, tradition is probably the most compelling aspect about mechanical watches,” says Malcolmson.
The rare reveal will be broadcast from Patek Philippe’s U.S. headquarters in New York City and hosted by Robb Report’s own leading authority James D. Malcolmson. Also present at the proceedings will be Larry Pettinelli, the president of the Henri Stern Watch Agency (Patek Philippe’s U.S. division), and David Bonilla, its technical manager.
Considered one of the most intricate complications created, the repeater (indicating the hour by chime on demand) was invented by English priest Edward Barlow in 1676 as a method for the nocturnal notation of time before the advent of integrated luminescence. Followed up in pocket-watch form by Daniel Quare four years later, the mechanism would, by the mid-18th century, include an elaborate configuration using miniscule hammers and gongs to sound off the hour, quarter hour, and minute.
On August 30, connoisseurs of haute horology will be able to view several of the world’s finest examples of the craft as Patek Philippe watch replica and Robb Report collaborate on a live webcast presentation of minute-repeater timepieces from the Swiss manufacture.
“Minute repeaters are the oldest of all the major complications and have always occupied a position at the very top of the horologic pyramid,” says Malcolmson. “They represent the only purely subjective area in the field, as it’s all about the sound. Even a layman can compare and appreciate the results of the impeccable workmanship in what has been called one of the last truly artistic forms of watchmaking.”
The real measure of a master, the minute repeater has been perfected by Patek Philippe’s peerless craftsmen, as evidenced by the vast tonal variety, selection of case material, jeweled settings, and additional functionality available.
“Watch collectors can seldom listen to many minute repeaters firsthand and often buy them sight unseen based solely on the manufacture’s reputation,” notes Malcolmson. “For aficionados of steel fake Patek Philippe, this is a unique opportunity to hear such a large number of its watches at one time and have a sense of what they sound like comparatively.”