A new blue dial for the white-gold model
The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Moonphase
The Ref. 5205 Patek Philippe Annual Calendar with three apertures along an arc for displaying the day, the date, and the month, was initially introduced in white gold in 2010 with two different two-tone dials highlighting gray and black nuances.
In 2013, the line was extended with a rosegold model featuring an opaline white or a black lacquered dial. Now, Patek Philippe is giving the white-gold watch a new face, pairing the discreet shimmer of the precious metal with an elegant two-tone sunburst dial and a subtle black gradation toward the circumference.
Its sleek, dynamic, and very contemporary style is perfectly underscored by new luminous three-face Dauphine hands and applied white-gold hour markers. The slightly concave bezel and the delicately pierced strap lugs are among the special facets of the case.
The self-winding caliber 324 S QA LU 24H/206 with Patek Philippe’s ingenious Annual Calendar mechanism – it was patented in 1996 – consists of 356 parts. It automatically recognizes months with 30 and 31 days and displays the day of the week as well as the month; it only needs to be corrected by hand once a year, at the end of February.
This convenience is crowned by an extremely precise moon-phase display which takes no fewer than 122 years to deviate from the actual lunar cycle by one day. The 24-hour display in the subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock simplifies calendar adjustments while small push pieces in the case flank make it easy to correct the individual indications. The lavish finissage of the movement – including the chamfered and polished contours of the bridges as well as the Calatrava cross engraved in the rotor – are visible through the sapphire-crystal case back.
The new Ref. 5205G-013 comes with a shiny black hand-stitched alligator strap with square scales and a white-gold prong buckle.
It replaces the predecessor models in white gold but the rose-gold models remain in the collection.