【basel 2017】 Patek Philippe 5131/1p World Time Zone

PatekPhilippe 5131 / 1P watch can display the time in twenty-four time zones around the world. This functional device, combined with a very simple adjustment method, shows that the time around the world is easy to grasp, which is technical. The feat has attracted the attention of those who appreciate practical complications over the years. As for the cloisonne enamel faceplate of the watch, it has previously been favored by connoisseurs who love enamel art.

PP The popular enamel painted world time zone watch launched by the market in platinum, in addition to the case’s diamond setting at 6 o’clock to identify the type of material, even the strap is also replaced with metal chain

The hour and minute hands of the watch face are used to indicate the local time, and the city name display panel representing different time zones is exactly at the local time of the city at twelve o’clock. The crown is used to synchronize the time and the 24-hour display ring to distinguish day and night, such as AM and 4 PM. Just press the knob located in the ten o’clock direction to switch the time zone time display. Each time the button is pressed, the hour hand moves forward for one hour, and at the same time, the city name display ring and the twenty-four hour display ring rotate counterclockwise for one hour (equivalent to crossing a time zone). Pressing the button twenty-four times is actually like traveling around the world for a week, and finally returns to the place of departure.

The painted world map has always been a popular element of the 5131 world time zone watch. The 2017 new model has changed the theme of the Arctic Circle to present another landscape style.

In 1999, Patek Philippe obtained a patent for a solution technology that allowed the ‘world time’ device equipped with a city name display ring and a 24-hour display ring to be completely isolated from the gear set of the watch, making 240 HU (Heure Universelle = ‘World Time’). Under the new technology, when the device shifts from the time in one time zone to displaying the time in another time zone, it will not damage the accuracy of the movement and the movement of the minute hand in the slightest. The 240 HU is an automatic ultra-thin movement with a 22K gold mini-inset set on the bottom plate. The balance wheel operates at a frequency of 21,600 (3 Hz) half-hour swings.

The 240 HU movement is a classic and sophisticated machine under the brand, which is characterized by the convenience of adjustment. Therefore, it has been used by the brand for many years, and its reliable quality has been recognized by the market.

The center of the faceplate is decorated with cloisonné enamel pattern by human hands. It first appeared in 2008. Langzhong’s colorful world map format is the most suitable for timepieces, so it is very popular in the market. In addition to the distinguished platinum case, the newly launched 5131 / 1P in 2017 also comes with a bracelet. The painted map pattern in the center transfers the theme to the Arctic Circle, which is different from the previous brands that used Europe, Africa, North and South. The American-themed design cleverly creates subtle differences in the picture to create a fresh look. The production process of cloisonne enamel dials is quite complicated, so the output of 5131 / 1P watches is naturally not much. Following the launch of Ref. 5230 in 2016, 5131 has not been replaced, but a new generation of 5131 / 1P is launched. Then set off a wave of chasing brands in the market.

Complications Ref. 5131 / 1P-001

Platinum material / 240 HU self-winding movement / hour and minute display / world time zone display / Arctic map enamel dial / sapphire crystal mirror, transparent bottom cover / water resistance 30 meters / diameter 39.5mm