Patek Philippe has a long standing tradition of combining perpetual calendar functions alongside the chronograph, and presenting it in a very aesthetically pleasing manner.
One of these models was the platinum version of the Reference 5270 model. The 5270 was first released by Patek Philippe back in 2011 white gold, followed by the rose gold version in 2015. In Baselworld 2018, Patek Philippe released the Ref. 5270-001, the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in a beautiful salmon dial. Patek Philippe has introduced the latest version of the Ref. 5270P, with it now coming in a stunning laquered green dial. However, there are quite a few changes in the dial from the salmon dial Ref. 5270P variant to this latest new model.
The first ever grand complication timepiece released by Patek Philippe that featured both chronograph and perpetual calendar functions was back in 1941, when the brand presented the Reference 1518 timepiece. The dial design of the modern variations of this grand complication watch is almost identical to the Reference 1518. Regardless of the time period when the watch was released, the wrist presence of these watches is that it is immediately noticeable. The Reference 5270p-001, with it’s polished case to the salmon dial carrying the many different functions, this watch was elegant luxury at it’s finest.
The Ref 5270P salmon dial carries the same typical layout of Patek Philippe’s Perpetual Calendar Chronograph designs, which goes all the way back to 1941. Firstly we see a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, followed by an analog date sub-dial, with a moon-phase built into the sub-dial as well. At 9 o’clock is the constant seconds indicator, and the day and month of the perpetual calendar function is shown through the double aperture at 12 o’clock. Two small circles are also intergrated into the design of the dial (between 4 and 5 o’clock, and between 7 and 8 o’clock) to show the day and night indication of the leap year cycle.
As this is a chronograph timepiece, it does come with a tachymeter scale. However, as there is no bezel, the tachymeter scale is inscribed into the outer edge of the dial. Where this model differs to the most recent green dial edition is this tachymeter scale (or lack off in the new one). While the newer model is a lot more refined in design, this salmon dial version has the historical design codes that ties the watch back to it’s roots.
This is also a manual wound timepiece, which means that the open case back will allow the wearer to see the impressive aesthetics of this mechanical watch movement. With no winding rotor, more of the movement can be seen and admired. The engine sitting inside is the caliber CH 29-535 PS Q movement, which is Patek Philippe’s very first perpetual calendar chronograph movement that is fully done in-house within the manufacture’s workshops.
In this article, we look at the celebrities spotted wearing the Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5270P Salmon Dial. This is certainly a rare timepiece to see, one that will fall into a lot of collector’s holy grail tier list.