To say that this year’s releases from watch brands across the board have been muted would be an understatement. Of course, this has everything to do with the outbreak of Covid-19, but nevertheless, it has left watch lovers like us itching for some novelties.
A few weeks ago, Patek released a few ‘new’ pieces and by new, I mean updates to existing models with different colour schemes. The one that stands out the most, is without a doubt, the split-seconds Ref. 5370. First released in 2015, it was Patek Philippe’s first in-house split seconds calibre and certainly one for the hardcore, traditional watch collector. A split-seconds chronograph, a complication which allows you to time two things at once, in any watch model would be something to take note of, but when it comes to Patek, it is seriously end-game stuff.
The 5270P was first released with a black grand feu enamel dial and housed the insane CHR 29-525 PS Calibre. Priced above 200,000 USD, it was and still is, one of the most exclusive Patek Philippe watch money can buy. Fast forwarding to 2020, and the refreshed 5270P now sports a beautiful blue grand feu enamel dial. Some may say that blue is overused and overhyped, but in my opinion, it’s that way for a reason. There is something about a blue dial that is just so appealing, and you can’t blame brands for taking advantage of this.
With a 41mm platinum case that’s 13.56mm thick, it is a classical hand-wound mechanical splits-seconds chronograph that nods to some of the vintage pieces that came before it. With a traditional case featuring a concave bezel, recessed, satin finished sides and cabochon capped lugs, you know that it’s good.
The dial, which is the main topic of today, has the same applied white gold Breguet numerals and a tachymeter scale. I do think that the blue makes the 5370P less formal and with the matching blue alligator strap, it gives the overall look a more laid back approach as compared to the previously deep black enamel dial. With huge shutdowns throughout the year and Covid-19 raging on, this was a smart release by Patek Philippe and one that will please many…if you can get one.
The Patek Philippe Split-Seconds Chronograph ref. 5370P is priced at £201,390. For more information, visit patek.com.