There is no doubt that the Patek Philippe Nautilus collection includes some beautiful timepieces like the 5711A or the 5980R, but is it really all that the Swiss luxury watch brand has in his prowess as a premium manufacturer?! Definitely not! Patek Philippe is much more than just Nautilus.
We from The Collectors Circle are blogging about collectibles, so let us blog about the Patek Philippe 5531R World Time Minute Repeater and show you why this watch is one of the most beautiful timepieces ever made by the Geneva based luxury brand.
As you can guess by the name the watch combines two of the most popular complication by Patek Philippe, the timepiece is both a world time watch and a minute repeater. Prior to Baselworld 2018, where the watch officially entered the collection, it was exhibited in New York at the Patek Philippe Art of Watches exhibition.
The first thing your eyes are catching is the cloisonné enamel (cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects) in the heart of the dial picturing a boat sailing on the Lake of Geneva. Both hands for minutes and hours are nicely crafted in rose gold. The hour ring which indicates the 24 time zones (including day/night indication) is manufactured from 18K gold as well, whereas the zones 19 to 6 are coated in dark brown (see picture). The pusher button at the 2 o’clock position allows to set the city chosen for the local time. Patek Philippe uses a self-winding calibre R27 HU for the reference 5531R. The calibre is an minute repeater movement with traditional gongs, whereas the world time mechanism is built on top of it. The Swiss watch maker claims the Power reserve with min. 43 hours to max. 48 hours.
Although having a high complexity, the Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater 5531R remains 11.49mm thin with a 40.2 mm diameter.
So hopefully now you understand why The Collectors Circle says Patek Philippe is more than just the Nautilus collection….and if you are wealthy enough and want to invest into watches the Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater 5531R is definitively a good choice – price tag CHF 495’000.
5531R World Time Minute Repeater
retail price CHF 495,000
no limitation confirmed
40.2 mm diameter wide & 11.49mm thick
When to wear:
Something so special might not be your every day watch. The 5531R is an ultimate dress watch and deserves to be worn during a great event, maybe with a nice smoking during a gala event.
What we love about the watch:
The combination of two complications that have not been paired before – the functional mechanical connection between the repeater and the universal/world time complication.
Image: Monochrome, https://monochrome-watches.com/the-superb-patek-philippe-world-time-minute-repeater-5531r/