Patek Philippe never fails to wrap its technically excellent mechanisms in elegant and sophisticated designs, and it can be argued that the Men’s Annual Calendar Regulator Ref 5235 in rose gold is the epitome of the brand’s watchmaking genius. Originally launched in 2011 in white gold, the Annual Calendar’s regulator-style display takes inspiration from historical precision clocks used for the exact time in old watchmaking workshops and astronomical observatories.
The model was reiterated last year in rose gold and features a handsome two-tone dial in graphite and ebony black with a vertical satin finish, white transfer-printed indications and rose gold baton hands, while the sweep minute hand and three railway track scales of the main dial and subsidiary dials displaying hours and seconds reference the vintage regulators. With displays of day, month and date, the Annual Calendar automatically accounts for months of 30 or 31 days, and this clever companion only requires correction once a year, on 1 March. All those complications created by innovative engineering, housed in an effortlessly suave and stylish design, make this timeless watch a collector’s piece.
Patek Philippe Men’s Annual Calendar Regulator Ref 5235/50R-001 in rose gold, £39,680; patek.com