In keeping with its Baseworld tradition, Patek Philippe is unveiling a selection of 15 débuts – 10 new watches for men and five for women – that enrich the manufacture’s current collection in a coherent and balanced presentation of the industry’s annual rendezvous.
A new self-winding grand complication introduces a technical innovation, the Alarm Travel Time in platinum, which combines the exclusive two time zones mechanism with a 24-hour alarm that is struck by a hammer on a classic gong.
It is a result of five years of development work as the manufacture has created a totally new integrated movement and four patent applications were filed for the alarm mechanism.
With its ingenious two-time-zone system, the watch has two hour hands from the centre, one is skeletonised and displayed home time while the other is filled and indicates the local time at the owner’s current location.
The Alarm Time Travel is Patek Philippe’s first chiming timepiece with a water-resistant case making it a big asset for people who travel to countries with moist tropical climates and to assure maximum sound quality, the gong is attached directly to the caseband and not to the movement as usual reducing the attenuation of the sound waves by the water-resistant case.
As a quintessential watch for globetrotters, the new Alarm Travel Time, featuring an innovative alarm mechanism and two time zones, is the perfect expression of Patek Philippe’s tradition of innovation – an ongoing quest to improve the functionality and dependability of its timepieces while endowing them with timeless beauty.
Patek Philippe is also presenting a debut in the calendar watch, the Calatrava Weekly Calendar in stainless steel not only displays the day of the week and the date but the weekly calendar mechanism also displays the week number and comes in a totally new self-winding base movement with an optimised performance spectrum.
The Calatrava Weekly Calendar, with its 40mm stainless steel case, expresses its uniqueness with a silvery opaline dial and the unusual layout with five hands from the centre.
The hours and minutes are indicated with elegant Dauphine hands in blackened white gold and feature two lapped facets, while the day of the week is displayed by a hammer-shaped hand with a red hammer head on a circular scale in the middle of the dial.
A second hand of the same design delivers week number and month readings on two concentric scales at the periphery of the dial with a great emphasis placed on convenience and user-friendliness.
With its 304 parts, including those for the weekly calendar mechanism, the all-new calibre is the perfect manifestation of Patek Philippe’s tradition of innovation with the sapphire crytal case revealing the refined architecture and painstaking finissage of the movement as prescribed by the Patek Philippe Seal.
Pieces will be showcased at the Middle East’s leading jewellery and watches exhibition, Jewellery Arabia, which opens today and will continue until November 23 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.