For Watches & Wonders 2021 Patek Philippe replica introduces a totally new perpetual calendar with an innovative patented one-line display that displays the day, the date, and the month on a single line in an elongated aperture beneath 12 o’clock. This new in-line perpetual calendar premières in an elegant platinum case with a blue dial. As classic grand complications par excellence, perpetual calendars have always been prominently featured in Patek Philippe’s collections. In 1925, the Genevan manufacture presented the first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar —movement No 97’975; the watch is on display at the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, No. P-72.
Patek Philippe perpetual calendars offer a wide range of design elements with analog or aperture displays and dial configurations but they have never before displayed these three indications in one single line since the creation in 1972 of the luxury copy Patek Philippe pocket watch perpetual calendar No. P-1450 on display at the Patek Museum. At the time, this calendar format was referred to as ‘à l’américaine’ —the American way with month, date, day. But never before has the manufacture introduced a wristwatch with a full calendar on a single line as exemplified by the new reference 5236P-001 just released.
With the launch of the Ref. 5236P-001, Patek Philippe gives the perpetual calendar a new face. For the new Swiss luxury Patek Philippe Ref. 5236P-001 fake, this watch presents an innovative indication of the day, date, and month in an elongated aperture at 12 o’clock. A panoramic aperture of this kind is not totally unprecedented in the manufacture’s collections. In the course of time, the manufacture had already crafted pocket watches with an in-line calendar display for the American market. Customers in the new world were enthusiastic about complicated watches that were easy to operate and showed the indications of the perpetual calendar at a glance.
To implement this masterpiece of miniaturization, Patek Philippe super clone had to overcome totally new technical challenges. To assure the largest possible calendar display on a single line with optimized legibility, the developers were asked to design a system with two date disks —one for the tens and one for the units. So the calendar display consists of four disks, one for the day, two for the date, and one for the month – all four perfectly embedded in the same plane. A single date disk with 31 numerals would have been too small and less easily legible. This new, complex mechanical ensemble had to be implemented with the smallest possible diameter and minimized height without compromising its maximum long-term dependability. For this reason, the project team proceeded on the basis of the calibre 31-260 REG QA that was originally launched in 2011 with the reference 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator. Not least because of its eccentric recessed micro-rotor, this automatic movement with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock is extremely slender.
Additionally, rate stability was improved by increasing the frequency from 3.2 to 4 Hz —28,800 vph— which also simplifies precision adjustments to the rate tolerance specified by the Patek Philippe Seal. Moreover, the calibre 31-260 PS QL is fitted with a reduction wheel that uncouples the automatic winder as soon as the movement is being manually wound. This is a Patek Philippe invention patented in 2019 that reduces wear. The aesthetic appeal of the movement is subtly evolved with two distinctive bridges for the escapement and the fourth wheel. Their configuration made the work of the engineers more difficult but it affords a better view of the basic movement’s wheel train, overall architecture, and refined finissage as revealed by the sapphire-crystal case back. This back can be substituted with a solid platinum back that is delivered with the watch.
The looks of the new Patek Philippe Ref. 5236P-001 copy with platinum case are inspired by the reference 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator. It features a very sleek case with a diameter of 41.3 mm and a chamfered bezel. This unassuming architecture is emphasized with polished finissage that is executed by hand according to venerable Patek Philippe traditions. Slightly angled strap lugs extend the line of the chamfered bezel and assure optimized comfort on the wrist. As in most of Patek Philippe’s platinum wristwatches, the case flank features a small diamond at 6 o’clock.
The blue dial with the black gradation to the periphery creates a harmonious contrast against the silvery shimmer of platinum. A vertical satin finish causes the light to sparkle. The progression of time is tracked with applied hour markers and 18K white gold Baton-style hour and minute hands with 2 facets, and 18K white gold “Cheveu”-style seconds hand with counterweight. The technical accent of the railway track minute scale is echoed by the subsidiary seconds scale at 6 o’clock.
The day, date, and month displays are clearly and legibly printed in blue on white. A navy blue alligator strap with a platinum fold-over clasp rounds out the inimitable personality of the new 2021 copy Patek Philippe Ref. 5236P-001 Perpetual Calendar with perfection. It opens up a new chapter in the storied history of Patek Philippe calendar timepieces and it is without a doubt the nicest perpetual calendar out there.