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Patek Philippe Unveils a Trio of New Innovative Complications in Tokyo

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Patek Philippe was the talk of the town this past March during Geneva’s annual Watches & Wonders trade show. Among its new offerings, the Swiss watchmaker added the first-ever chronograph complication to its Pilot line and also gave a white gold case to its world time minute repeater, also for the very first time. Now, for its sixth-annual Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Tokyo, Patek has unveiled a trio of new complications that may be the most impressive we’ve seen from them all year.

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Highlighting the exhibit is the new Quadruple Complication, ref. 5308P, which updates 2011’s Triple Complication (ref. 5208). The three eponymous complications consisted of an aperture-based perpetual calendar, chronograph, and minute repeater. However, this time, Patek adds a fourth feature: a split-seconds chronograph function. Sporting a classic salmon dial, the timepiece comes in a unique 42mm case made of platinum, which houses an R CHR 27 PS QI automatic caliber movement. Limited to just 15 pieces, this watch is only available at the Tokyo exhibition.

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The next two watches are new takes on the brand’s World Time watches. Also limited to 15, the first, ref. 5531R, adds a minute repeater featuring a chime that sounds when the local time zone hits 12 o’clock. In the center of the dial, the enamel depicts the historic Chuo district in central Tokyo. Featuring a purple “plum” dial, the second World Time watch, ref. 5330G, features a world-first in that the selected local time zone will appear at the 12 o’clock position and be synchronized with the date indication. As a nod to the nation of Japan, a red dot has been placed at the 12 where the sun symbol would usually be. Unlike the other two models, this World Time Date is limited to 300 pieces.

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Patek has also unveiled a pair of time-only Calatrava models during the Tokyo exhibition. To find out more about refs. 5308P, 5531R, and 5330G, head over to the company’s website.