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Luxury: Patek Philippe Ref. 5470P: Surprise!


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Watches & Wonder Geneva is over, but Patek Philippe surprised everyone with a technically complex 1/10th of a sec chronograph“–Paul Ebeling

The watch industry is betting on special complications to shake up the market, Here I focus on reporting the facts about the new watch, which Patek Philippe says is as complicated as a grand complication. There are no less than 31 patents in place here.

This references the fact that Patek Philippe is using not one but two chronograph mechanisms to create this 1/10th of a second feature: the hand in red races around the dial, completing a circuit in 12 seconds. There are indicated by a special display of 10 segments on the circumference of the dial. This is how Patek Philippe is addressing the issue of making the 1/10th of a second function useful. 

There is a lot to get through with the all-new calibre CH 29-535 PS 1/10 and I will not get there in this story. Briefly though, I have never seen a system like this in contemporary watchmaking. Others deploy separate mechanisms to handle the fractions of a second, complete with separate escapement, but the technical team at Patek Philippe opted for 1.

In terms of dimensions, Ref. 5470P departs the realm of Patek Philippe classicism because it has a 41mm diameter and a thickness of 13.68mm, which is substantial for the brand. It is also a Key consideration for user comfort because the case is in 950 platinum; the customer who likes his fine watchmaking to be suitably weighty will love it.  

Have a happy, prosperous weekend, Keep the Faith!

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Paul A. Ebeling, a polymath, excels, in diverse fields of knowledge Including Pattern Recognition Analysis in Equities, Commodities and Foreign Exchange, and he is the author of "The Red Roadmaster's Technical Report on the US Major Market Indices, a highly regarded, weekly financial market commentary. He is a philosopher, issuing insights on a wide range of subjects to over a million cohorts. An international audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognize Ebeling as an expert.