Patek Philippe replica watch takes audacity to call a new watch a classic, but in the case of the Patek Philippe chronograph Ref. 5170J copy watch, the attribute is justified. Now, the time for speculation is over and the object of desire has become reality: the classic men’s wrist chronograph developed entirely by Patek Philippe and crafted exclusively in the manufacture’s workshops. Although it debuts at Baselworld 2010, it has already been at the top of the wish list of many collectors and aficionados for many years – and a popular topic among specialized publications.
All good things take time. And if it has to be perfect, it might take some more time. After all, the ambition with the new CH 29-535 PS chronograph caliber for the complicated Patek Philipppe watch replica Ref. 5170J was not just to present a classic manually wound chronograph movement with a column wheel and a horizontal clutch built entirely in-house. The objective was also to outperform its predecessor, the CH 27-70 PS, which was based on a Lémania movement blank extensively reengineered and modified by Patek Philippe to create one of the most beautiful chronograph calibers ever made. When the new chronograph movement premièred last November with the launch of the Patek Philippe Ladies First Chronograph, the CH 29-535 PS caliber was discussed in-depth by many journalists and found to fulfill the loftiest expectations.
The CH 29-535 PS caliber is controlled by a column wheel that according to proven traditions rotates beneath a polished cap. While the cap hides the refined details of the column wheel, it also firmly secures the chronograph levers in their positions – even in the event of sharp jolts – so it enhances functional reliability, a top priority at Patek Philippe. Its prominent four-arm Gyromax balance wheel breathes with a frequency of 4 hertz (28,800 semi-oscillations/hour). The power reserve of the watch is 65 hours (over 58 hours when the chronograph is running), and a stop-seconds mechanism simplifies the exact synchronization of the watch with a time signal.The movement features a large chronograph hand, a seconds subdial, and an instantaneously jumping 30-minute counter.
The Ref. 5170J chronograph is a consummate statement of timeless elegance. The silvery white dial has slender applied hour markers as well as yellow-gold applied Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock and black transfer-printed scales. The logarithmic pulsimeter scale on the outermost perimeter is calibrated to 15 heartbeats, revisiting the traditional doctor’s watch. The railway track minute scale features slightly compressed Breguet numerals. The hour, minute, and seconds hands that indicate legal time are crafted from yellow gold to match the hour markers and Roman numerals, while the chronograph seconds and minute hands are black. The counterbalanced trotteuse is black oxidized, and the instantaneously jumping 30-minute counter is made of black nickel-plated yellow gold. Unquestionably, the face of the Ref. 5170J can hardly be excelled as regards elegance, beauty, and legibility.The seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock are recessed in the main dial and arranged somewhat below the horizontal center axis to balance the maker’s signature and the pulsimeter scale inscription in the upper half of the face.
By adding the new fake yellow gold Patek Philippe chronograph wrist chronograph to Patek Philippe’s men’s collection, the Geneva-based manufacture has made a wish come true for many watch collectors and connoisseurs.