Patek Philippe releases the new dial variants to the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396 …
The mens Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph replica will be available in a cool yet masculine stainless steel version, a rare trend among the manufacture’s complication timepieces. .
Introduced in 2006, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph in platinum was the manufacture’s first self-winding chronograph, manifested a new and unique style with its prominent monocounter and three large calendar apertures, and quickly established itself as one of the most coveted timepieces of the Patek Philippe portfolio. The success story continued with further versions in platinum and rose gold. The Annual Calendar Chronograph in stainless steel is not only the latest sibling of its lineage but will also replace all current gold and platinum versions. The letter “A” in the model designation 5960/1A stands for acier (steel in French).Thanks to this rarity, the new Ref. 5960/1A Annual Calendar Chronograph in steel will definitely capture the attention of collectors and brand aficionados.
Patek Philippe’s stainless steel watches have always ranked among the most desirable timepieces because they were crafted only in small numbers. They were not regularly produced until 1976, when the manufacture introduced the casually elegant Nautilus line. Twenty years later, the attractively stylish Aquanaut was also endowed with a stainless steel case. With very few exceptions – such as the ultra-thin fake Patek Philippe Ref. 5950A split-seconds chronograph which has been in the collection since 2010 – all other Patek Philippe men’s wristwatches were systematically cased in gold or platinum. As regards this strict distinction between casual and classic watches, the new Ref. 5960/1A is another one of these seductive exceptions
Here, polishing is executed with scientific precision. The artisans are required to accrue several years of experience before being entrusted with the finissage of the manufacture’s cases. Because of its hardness, stainless steel challenges the skills of the case specialists and imposes special requirements on their tools. It takes much longer than a gold case would to polish a steel case with consecutively finer abrasives until it reflects light with an immaculate sheen.
The new stainless steel case imbues the coveted Annual Calendar Chronograph with authoritative technical finesse that melds classic elegance with masculine sportiness. It emphasizes the active and dynamic nature of the chronograph and underscores its function as a convenient timekeeping instrument of everyday utility. Nonetheless, the new Ref. 5960/1A has a decidedly elegant nimbus attributable to the balanced, gently rounded case contours and the superb finishing touches that reflect the competence of Patek Philippe’s casemaking ateliers.
With its elegance and technical panache, Patek Philippe’s new Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960/1A is destined to become a bestseller that derives fresh charisma from the noblesse and cool luster of stainless steel. As of this year, it replaces all Ref. 5960 Annual Calendar Chronographs in gold and platinum.
The elegance of the case also comes to the fore at the sublime transition to the signature bracelet with its five rows of “drop” links. It is eminently supple and of filigreed elegance. Developed by Patek Philippe, this bracelet was first introduced in 1997 for the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar copy watch and now celebrates its debut in stainless steel.