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