To mark its 175th anniversary Patek Philippe Replica has unveiled a first-ever for the Geneva manufacturer – a fully-functioning ‘double-face’ wristwatch, with a quick-release lug design patented to deploy the change-over.
And if that were all,Fake Patek Philippe aficionados the world over would already be salivating. But the watch that bears this new technology has been heralded by company president Thierry Stern, as the most complicated wristwatch it has ever produced.
Given that to mark its 150th anniversary Patek Philippe created what remains the world’s most complex hand-assembled mechanical timepiece, the Calibre 89, it’s not hard to imagine the herculean task required to create the successor.
Happily, the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 is quite some watch. For starters it contains four spring barrels powering 20 complications including Grande and Petite Sonnerie, a minute repeater, The Grandmaster Chime is an astonishing achievement that took a paltry 100,000 hours to conceive and build.an instantaneous perpetual calendar with four-digit year display and a second time zone – as well as two patents pertaining to the chiming mechanism alone: an acoustic alarm that strikes at the alarm time, and a date repeater that sounds the date on demand.
Given the 47mm, laurel-wreathed gold case contains 214 individual parts, it’s not surprising the complexity of the piece required a movement totalling 1,366 separate components. It’s an astonishing achievement that took a paltry 100,000 hours to conceive and build. No wonder then, that the Grandmaster Chime is limited to just seven pieces。