With a reputation as one of the most distinguished watchmakers globally, Patek Philippe never stops to bolster its portfolio. This Swiss watchmaker boasts a portfolio that makes it the envy of all other watchmakers. Notably, the Patek Philippe Nautilus is a holy grail for most gentlemen and ladies. Similarly, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5961P also makes a name for itself.
However, what most wristwatch lovers don’t know is that affordability isn’t a topic of concern for the long-time Patek Philippe clientele. Therefore, getting one of your own isn’t a question of how much you can splash out. Instead, it is about how prepared you are to hold out. Buying a Patek Philippe 5961P is a game of resolve and fortune. You wait there hoping that the person ahead of you in the line succumbed to a flare of impulse and forfeited their place.
Aside from this rarity, there are other peculiarities associated with the Patek Philippe 5961P. Keep reading to find them out.
The Patek Philippe 5961P: A True Patek Philippe
Unlike the Nautilus and other pricey Patek Philippe timepieces, the Patek Philippe 5961P, regardless of its burgeoning reputation remains an economical option. This economical pricing remains the only striking distinction of this timepiece.
Fixed to a grand design, this Annual Calendar watch is easy to care for. More so, it never drifts away from Patek Philippe’s nature by delivering intricate mechanisms common with other Patek Philippe time offerings.
Powered by an exceptional and hassle-free self-winding mechanical movement, this watch just keeps working. The Chronograph 5961P from Patek Philippe completely saves you from altering the hands of time. Moreover, it doesn’t need any battery replacement for nearly three years.
As it is, connoisseurs generally don’t carry a positive impression on simple movements such as this one. Still, we must not fail to mention that any time offering put together by Patek Philippe gets brandished by the brand to imposing standards.
Overall, considering the comfort of the Chronograph 5961P, it maintains distinguished and impeccable craftsmanship. Here is an application of the best-of-both-worlds strategy which guarantees that the timepiece is well-loved by all.
Do you need a loyal, sophisticated partner? Here is your go-to guy. Now you understand why it is of no surprise to anyone that this Annual Calendar Chronograph continues to evolve into one of Patek Philippe’s best-selling time tools.
The Self-winding Mechanical Movement Powerhouse
In addition, the sapphire-crystal caseback reflects the impeccable craftsmanship of the self-winding mechanical movement. This presents itself with sweep seconds hand and date in an aperture at 6 o’clock. When you check out the heart of the movement, you find the patented Patek Philippe Spiromax balance spring in Silinvar. Intricate and classy!
For clarity, this movement is a gem of precision and reliability. With this self-winding movement, you get a medley of 217 components, 29 jewels and a 21-carat gold central rotor etched in the Calatrava Cross.
Every bit of the movement displays a grand manual finissage. In addition, it comes handcrafted to the strict ideals of the Patek Philippe Seal. That seal is a set of quality criteria set by Patek Philippe for its time offerings. It earns valid recognition by the whole watchmaking community as the strictest ever compiled. There is a diameter of 27mm, height of 3.57mm, and power reserve of 35 hours minimum to 45 hours at most.
The Movement Details by Patek Philippe
Chronograph with 60-minute and 12-hour mono-counter. Annual Calendar. Day/night indication. Power reserve indicator. Diameter: 33 mm. Height: 7.68 mm. Parts: 456. Bridges: 14. Jewels: 40. Power reserve: min. 45 hours – max. 55 hours. Winding rotor: 21K gold central rotor. Balance: Gyromax®. Vibrations/hour: 28 800 (4 Hz). Balance spring: Spiromax®. Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal.
Patek Philippe: Expert in the Craft of Gem Setting
Keep in mind that the Patek Philippe 5961P also comes in as a spectacular jewelry watch. What the stylish design of this collection reveals in its lustrous form is the expertise of this Swiss watchmaker. This model shines with the sparkle of 3,238 paved top Wesselton pure white diamonds all carefully set on the timepiece.
Thanks to the “random” or “snow” setting strategy, the diamonds dress the bracelet. You get enough diamonds on the 18k gold dial plate. Also there are diamonds on the crown, the case. These embellishments produce a modest yet intricate carat weight in total.
Incredibly, this Annual Calendar Chronograph is a special way Patek Philippe celebrates the steady hand and quality of the gemsetter’s art. There is no denying the rigorous standards of the Patek Philippe Seal. But the perfection produced using internally pure top wesselton diamonds is remarkable nonetheless.
Any gem selected for use in a Patek Philippe case or bracelet will be the very best of its sort. These gems also comply with the Patek Philippe Seal’s rigorous standards. At Patek Philippe, only the top D to G color range gets applied.
Additionally, the clarity of the diamonds is always of the desirable internally flawless grade (known as IF). The gems used display a flawless cut. Plus, the accuracy of the cut is also crucial in assuring a typical and balanced setting.
With Patek Philippe, the task of the gem setter is to place it flawlessly. That way, it shows to exquisite boon and is of course protected. Patek Philippe gems get mastered in the time-honored style. They get expertly mastered by hand, never bonded with adhesive.
Practically, the gem setter positions each precious stone in its mount. This can be in a bezel-setting where the gem gets set by carefully folding in the metal collar (usually gold) that encircles it. Otherwise, it gets set in an invisible setting, where the gem features a groove on the base. That helps it fit onto an unseen grid of rails.
Patek Philippe gem setter understands that gems must be in a position where it points in the same direction. Also, they must all be at the same height, while securing an ultra-safe grasp. Accuracy and respect for the shape and character of the gem are essential to accentuate its elegance. That is one way to attain the luminous radiance and luster we all desire.
Adding the Human Touch with the Indispensable Hand-Finishing Technique
The way they created the gem in the crown of the Patek Philippe Chronograph 5961P is like every other. From its case and dial to its beating heart, it gets finished by hand. This technique is the work of a devout, trained specialist with abilities passed down through generations.
Finishing the case and bracelet that will brandish the Annual Calendar Chronograph is a very detailed work. This technique requires a bunch of complex procedures. Moreover, it is just as important to Patek Philippe as the creation of the movement itself.
Preparing a case is a very comprehensive task. It requires the input of nearly 20 specialists executing around 50 procedures. The product is a metal bracelet which likewise requires a number of complex techniques.
Finally, the exterior of a timepiece must reveal the quality of the movement within. They must be flawlessly functional and guarantee the ultimate in comfort and nicety. This is why the Patek Philippe Seal places such great significance on beautiful forms, luxurious materials, and the epitome of finishes and adorning methods.
Case in View
Particularly, the form of the case is a product of a press. This involves cutting the rough shape of a part from a strip of metal. Afterward, a metal punch pushes the piece into an anvil-like die. This is a metal block of mold shapes. It is at this point that forgery is necessary to improve its dimensions subtly.
Meanwhile, repeated careful pressing slowly generates the final shape of the case. Then, the case component achieves perfection by one of Patek’s state-of-the-art fleet of machines. Simultaneously, its series number comes engraved within the caseback.
Again, the case gets hand-finished which is a process called “fine working.” If there is any metal residue, it gets filed away. Attachments also get soldered, hinges come in for cases with dust covers. Finally, openings get modified for smooth fit. The technicians then make preparations for polishing.
In all, the rigors of the Patek Philippe Seal imply that under no circumstances will traces stemming from manufacturing process deviations be allowed.
Patek Philippe Produces Rare Handcrafts
The expert artistic methods used to adorn timepieces have an extended and glorious history at Patek Philippe. It is impressive as you learn of the company’s artisans, their skills, and the Stern family’s unique devotion to rare handcrafts. Examples abound in the past, present and future.
From the 1600s, Geneva remained a center of excellence for rare handcrafts. Moreover, throughout its own history, Patek Philippe continues to bear the flag for the artisans and their remarkable feats.
Since 1839 when Patek Philippe came into limelight, the brand never stopped calling on gifted artisans to decorate its time offerings. You can confirm this by scanning through the pages of the first Patek Philippe register. This register is under the care of the Patek Philippe Museum archives. That archive houses every step and every operation executed on each watch. It details from manufacture to delivery of every timepiece.
The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5961P: Entering the Spotlight
The Technical Details
- Maker: Patek Philippe
- Ref. 5961P-001
- Collection: Complications
- Case material: Platinum. Sapphire-crystal case back.
- Diameter: 40.5 mm
- Thickness: 13.53 mm
- Case form: Round
- Dial: Matte blue opaline, 8 baguette diamond hour markers approximately 0.23 carat in weight.
- Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
- Day, date and month in apertures.
- Bracelet: Alligator leather strap with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny navy blue. Fold-over clasp.
- Movement: Self-winding mechanical movement.
- Caliber CH 28‑520 IRM QA 24H.
- Water resistant to 30m
- Gem setting: Bezel set with 36 baguette diamonds approximately 3.48 carat in weight. Fold-over clasp set with 22 baguette diamonds approximately 0.97 carats in weight
Welcomed into the Swiss luxury watch market at BaselWorld 2011, the Chronograph 5961P features a bezel set with 36 baguette diamonds (~3.48 ct.). Also, there is the matte blue dial accentuating 8 diamond hour markers (~0.23 ct.), and the fold-over clasp with 22 baguette diamonds (~0.97 ct.).
This watch is the long-awaited first-ever Patek Philippe self-winding Annual Calendar Chronograph from Patek Philippe introduced in Platinum.
The Patek Philippe Chronograph 5961P: A Product of Refined Parts
Powering it is an intricate and ingenious movement embodying 456 parts to deliver a durable and easy-to-use chronograph. Moreover, the design style of the Patek Philippe 5961P is in the continuity of Patek Philippe’s trademark design. We also get an innovative mono-counter dial designed to deliver impressive readability and a technical touch in style.
The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5961P has an automatic mechanical movement as its powerhouse. It also features a matte blue dial set with eight baguette-cut diamond hour markers (approximately 0.23 total carats). Notably, it is an annual calendar chronograph with day, date & month displayed in apertures. The chronograph 5961P features both the 60-minute and 12-hour counters integrated in the 6 o’clock position as a graceful mono counter.
This watch delivers a sufficient power reserve display; and a 40.5mm, platinum case set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds. The case weighs nearly 3.48 carats on a hand-stitched, blue alligator strap with a platinum deployant clasp. We also have the deployant clasp set with 22 baguette-cut diamonds weighing roughly 0.97 total carats.
Finally, this chronograph 5961P from Patek Philippe always emphasizes the vast range of complications that reveals Patek Philippe’s true virtuosity. In more than 175 years, this Swiss watchmaker created a ton of distinct luxurious models. Most of these models count among the timepieces most cherished and sought after by connoisseurs and collectors.
Conclusion: First of Its Kind
Throughout its long history into contemporary times, Patek Philippe watches remain important time tools for many collectors. As for royalty and celebrities, they are also part of this party. Various collectors across various industries own a Patek Philippe.
The Annual Calendar Chronograph 5961P further adds to this level of recognition being the first of its kind. It is quite a fit seeing that this creative output comes from an equally innovative Swiss watchmaker(Patek Philippe).