Since its initial iteration of the watch in 1941, Patek Philippe has mastered the craft of the perpetual calendar chronograph. 70 years later, the Swiss watchmaker debuted its Reference 5270, a successor to the 5970, which featured mostly minor updates but housed the line’s first fully in-house movement.
Now, for this year’s Children Action Gala, Patek Philippe is auctioning off a beautiful one-of-a-kind version of its Reference 5270 in a lightweight titanium case and emerald green sunburst dial, equipped with an alligator leather strap with side stitching to match the dial. In the past, the 5270 has exclusively been cased in gold or platinum, but what makes this new watch so significant is its titanium case metal, which the watchmaker has only used a handful of times in the past, usually for auctioned one-offs of other models, and never on the 5270.
Children Action was first launched back in 1994 to help benefit impoverished children all over the globe. Its biennial gala often features an auction, in which Patek has participated in the past. This year, however, might feature the horologist’s most prized timepiece yet. This new 5270 also sports a concave bezel, two tier-lugs, and satin-brushed pushers. The 456-part CH 29-535 PS Q caliber movement is visible through a sapphire caseback, on which “Children Action 2022” has been inscribed.
In the 11 years since it first debuted, Patek Philippe‘s Reference 5270 has become legendary in its own right, and the most refined version of perhaps the best perpetual calendar chronograph in the world. The charity auction will be held in Geneva on November 7 later this year, but this watch can be viewed May 7 and 8 prior to the Geneva Watch Auction: XV at Hotel La Réserve Genève.