Patek Philippe 5940: calendar perpetual ultra-thin self-winding

posted on 12 Aug 2014 11:36 by andrewcarlton
The most prestigious Geneva watchmaking manufactures Patek Philippe presents its new reference. 5940. An exceptional timepiece. A calendar perpetual ultra-thin self-winding (calibre 240 Q) housed in a case of form "cushion" yellow gold 18 carats of 44.6x37mm. A crazy class for a very elegant watch. Calendars are perpetual extra-plats self-winding long among the most sought-after Patek Philippe complicated watches.

The Geneva-based manufacture today presents this classic in a form of housing which has played an important role in the history of the House and its numbered days perpetual: the "cushion" housing, declined this year in yellow gold 18 k on the new reference 5940. Of all the complications (tourbillon, repetition minutes, split-second Chronograph, etc.), the calendar perpetual is one that presents the greatest usefulness on a daily basis, since he always shows the correct date taking into account the varying lengths of the months.

In the 19th century, the numbered days perpetual Pocket were already among the most prized Patek Philippe complications. With the rise of Rolex Replica timepieces to wear on the wrist, the Geneva Manufactory was the first to attach to miniaturize this ultra-sophisticated mechanism to house in wristwatches - which, moreover, were considerably smaller than today ' hui.

It was in 1925 that Patek Philippe produced the first wristwatch with date perpetual world. This timepiece No. 97 975 possessed a central display of the hours and minutes, a small seconds at 9 o'clock as well as moon phases at 3 o'clock. The calendar perpetual had a date at the Center needle, a needle of the day at 12 o'clock and a needle of the month at 6: 00; He respected the cycle of leap years, but without showing it, as it is customary today. Additional difficulty, the indications of the calendar were snapshot-type.

At the same time imposed in Europe the Art deco movement. With its sleek and very imaginative language, this style had a great influence on the arts, architecture, furniture and industrial design and he has lost none of his aura until today. Patek Philippe also adopted this style, not as a fleeting trend, but as a philosophy of creating in the long term. This spirit is interpreted today in the Gondolo collection, which includes all of the watches ' form', i.e. equipped with other than round boxes (square, rectangular, triangular, diamond, barrel, cushion, etc.).

With the birth of the Art deco style, the fledgling wristwatch is worn conspicuously around the wrist, quickly received the status of a jewel of design, that it has preserved until today. Watches Patek Philippe cushion shape then had a great success, as proves it the parts that you can admire in the Patek Philippe Museum. These Hublot big bang replica timepieces are part of the best symbols of the timeless signed Patek Philippe, alongside creations like the classic round watch Calatrava, the very original Ellipse d'Or and the incomparable model 'elegant sport' Nautilus.

Patek Philippe has revived cushion-shaped boxes launching in 2014 the chronograph rattrapante Mono-pusher ultra-thin reference 5950 steel. The tribute continues today with the new calendar perpetual ultra-thin reference 5940. With its 44.6 mm in length and its 37 mm wide, this box displays very contemporary dimensions. Its resolutely masculine elegance is enhanced by an exceptional thinness (8.6 mm) profile.

This housing is manufactured in the traditional way in the workshops of the factory wrapping by stamping cold from a bar of yellow gold, at pressures of several tons. It then passes through many stages of shaping, be extensively polished by hand. Note its gently curved sides which extend elegantly into the integrated bracelet latches. The watch comes with a background Sapphire clipse - as well as a solid background in yellow gold interchangeable - allowing to admire the beauty of the movement and its finishes executed in all the rules of art.

Fully assembled in the complications of the factory workshops, calibre 240 Q slim consists of 275 pieces. Despite its automatic winding, it measures only 3.88 mm thick. The basic movement launched in 1977, with eccentric mini-rotor in 22-carat gold inserted into the deck, measuring him only 2.53 mm in height. There are therefore only 1.35 mm for the module of calendar, with its mechanical memory of four years, as well as for the moon phases!

edit @ 23 Aug 2014 10:08:10 by andrewcarlton