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Patek Philippe 5960/1A

by Peter Chong on June 23, 2014

It used to be a rarity to have Patek Philippe watches in steel, other than the sporty ones like the Nautilus, Aquanaut and the hugely successful Twenty-4. But for Baselworld 2014, Patek released the 5960 Chronograph Annual Calendar in stainless steel.

 

Originally released in 2006 in a platinum case as 5960p, and later as 5960r in a rose gold case, now both discontinued, the new release is in Stainless Steel, signified by A for Acier and a 1 for bracelet.

 

Patek Philippe 5960/1A, Annual Calendar, Chronograph in stainless steel with bracelet.

Patek Philippe 5960/1A, Annual Calendar, Chronograph in stainless steel with bracelet.

 

The design is very bold for a Patek Philippe, which is usually more laid back, and classical.

 

Dial detail. Showing the bold design. We think the design is well balanced, and well tempered.

Dial detail. Showing the bold design. We think the design is well balanced, and well tempered.

 

The black frames for the annual calendar display windows contrast boldly and beautifully with the white dial. The gold chronograph hands add a little pizzazz to the watch, making it very attractive.

 

PP 5960/1A dial, showing the black oxidized gold markers. Together with the black frames on the windows for annual calendar indicators, gives the impression of a 3D look.

PP 5960/1A dial, showing the black oxidized gold markers. Together with the black frames on the windows for annual calendar indicators, gives the impression of a 3D look.

 

The movement is the CH 28-520 IRM QA 24 with column wheel and disk clutch, and is the same base movement for the other new Basel World 2014 novelty: the 5990/1A. The movement is equipped with a power reserve indicator and day/night indications in addition to the annual calendar indicators and flyback chronograph. Nice, practical complications. We like the juxtaposition of the annual calendar, capable of measuring time throughout the entire year, and the chronograph which measures short time intervals. 

 

Patek Phillipe caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24

Patek Phillipe caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24

 

Movement design is typical Patek Philippe, and the finishing standard for PP for high end watches. This means that every detail is taken care of with aplomb. Circular graining on the movement plates, the anglages polished and applied, all jewels and screws sit in polished countersunk openings. The full art of traditional watchmaking on parade. The gold rotor displays the Calatrava Cross engraved.

 

The movement detail, showing the star wheel for the annual calendar and the lever spring.

The movement detail, showing the star wheel for the annual calendar and the lever spring. Of note is the high level of finish on all the movement parts. Of interest, the black polished steel screws. Nicely done!

 

The movement now features the Spiromax® balance spring made of Silinvar® is another innovative feature. This provides the balance with isochronous oscillation, low mass, antimagnetic properties, and unique geometry. And is part of the new Patek Philippe Seal requirements.

 

On the wrist, the design is bold, and masculine. Complementing the steel bracelet very well.

On the wrist, the design is bold, and masculine. Complementing the steel bracelet very well.

 

In our view, the balance of two practical complications, and a steel case with steel bracelet makes this a very practical daily wear watch. The case measures 40.5mm in diameter with a height of 13.55mm makes this a masculine watch. Quite a magnificent addition to the Patek Philippe collection. And we wait with bated breath and anticipation what Patek will release as part of their celebrations for their 175 Anniversary of the founding.

 

Patek Philippe 5960/1A

Patek Philippe 5960/1A

 

 

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