Frankly speaking,the most interesting thing to me about the current perception of the Patek Philippe 5270 “Grand Complication” Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is that it is considered a formal watch. What’s more,the biggest clue that this beautiful Patek Philippe replica watch is inspired by historic sport watches is the placement of the tachymeter scale around the bezel. Such a tool is (was) used for being able to measure the speed of an observed object using the chronograph. Pretty much the only time anyone used something like this was during races – the domain of sport watches.
The chronographs have their contemporary utility, but it is also true that much of the time, people buy them because they look and feel cool. Those additional subdials, those extra pushers. Together, these elements create a visual fantasy where the wearer (and those viewing the wearer) can fantasize about their lifestyle and what they might be able to do with it.
Take many way into consideration,the appeal of vintage-styled watches is intrinsically linked to our nostalgia for the past – especially those times that we did not personally live through. Stories and movies idealize the past, and in hindsight, everything was,certainly,better.As a result,some people might consider timepieces to be mini time machines and by strapping one on that relates to a different era, we are instantly thrust into the past – at least in some sense by means of using that logic.
In the past,the timepieces are something conspicuously kept. If people had less emotional connection to the past and were instead more focused on the present or future, we would be all wearing high-end electronic watches with digital displays (well, it is true that some people do).In 2014,we took a look at line extensions of the popular Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, checking out the 5270P and the 5271 (with diamonds) here. For 2015, Patek Philippe extends the 5270 collection once again by adding an 18k rose gold 5270R version to the existing 18k white gold and platinum models.
Although I’m not a Patek Philippe fanatic like some fake watch collectors,certainly I have a wealth of appreciation for the brand. I like what the Patek Philippe 5270 represents and how well it is executed. While the movement inside the watch is modern, it is thoroughly historic in how it is executed and its inspiration. What we have is a well-sized classic-looking watch with a stunningly refined dial that in many ways epitomizes what Patek Philippe is good at.
Where the Patek Philippe 5270 is not a direct analog of vintage timepieces is in its 41mm wide size. There have been a slew of Patek Philippe watches that look similar to this Patek Philippe 5270R-001 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and other 5270 models, but most have been much smaller on the wrist. While 41mm wide is not huge at all, it is very much on the larger-end for a classic, complicated dress watch of this style. Now in 18k rose gold, Patek Philippe finally gives collectors the ability to show off a bit (and not have to use diamonds in the process).
At 41mm wide, the replica Patek Philippe 5270R might actually be too large for some people who expect extremely “traditionally-sized” timepiece of this style. The flared lugs add to the sense of girth – which is something that I appreciate. While there will be some people who complain about the size of the watch as being too large, to them I simply ask, “doesn’t Patek Philippe make enough smaller watches for your taste?”
New for 2016, the Patek Philippe 5270R-001 is a beautiful new addition to the Patek Philippe 5720 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph replica watch collection with the addition of rose gold, and from my point of view, anyone interested in the concept will be pleasantly satisfied despite the typically “elite” cost.