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5 Things To Know About Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930

Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 combines two of the brand’s specialty complications to bring one aesthetically and technically appealing timepiece.

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Patek Philippe Watch

Patek Philippe Watch

There is no doubt that Patek Philippe is a leader when it comes to developing complications that truly astound watch connoisseurs. For the brand, the ultimate test to a watchmaker’s skill and expertise is through complicated watchmaking, and it has done it so well through the years that it has built a respectable name for itself as one of today’s highly skilled watchmakers.

There is no question that the brand is a master in horological complications which is evident in how it managed to produce what is considered today to be the world’s most complicated portable timepiece – not just once but twice in this century! That is how focused and dedicated Patek Philippe is when it comes to its artistry and skill that it is only interested in bringing masterpieces with a true sense of timeless worth.

In 2016, the brand has made waves again when it released a timepiece that not only showcases its artistry and skill but also its sheer ingenuity. The World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 is not your ordinary complicated timepiece but a rare horological invention that will change the way you look and wear a complicated watch.

Revolution Watches shares the 411 on this Patek Philippe watch and why it is the complicated timepiece every watch enthusiast should invest in.

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A Tradition In Complications

A Tradition In Complications

It is important to understand how the brand has earned its reputation in building complicated watches. Since its inception in 1839 in Geneva, Switzerland, Patek Philippe has made it its mission to go beyond manufacturing ordinary mechanical timepieces that merely tell the time or date. The result was coming up with complications in watchmaking designed to enhance everyday life.

From annual calendars to world time displays, the brand puts not only its knowledge but its heart and soul as well to bring complicated timepieces that are a true reflection of watchmaking artistry.

Its line of complicated Patek Philippe tourbillons, for example, is a masterpiece that mirrors its unmatched craftsmanship. The Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002G exemplifies the brand’s continuous innovation in elevating complicated timepieces as it features 13 complications that include, among others, a minute repeater, cathedral gongs, a perpetual calendar that displays a retrograde date, leap years in apertures, and a moonphase display.

The Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar, on the other hand, has distinguished itself as one of the brand’s most important watches. Its Perpetual Calendar Chronograph remains one of today’s most coveted timepieces, whether vintage or modern.

Not to be left behind is the Patek Philippe Celestial, which stands out for showcasing a sky chart with phases and orbit of the moon as well as hours and minutes of mean solar time, among other complications.

If there’s anything these masterpieces prove, it’s Patek Philippe’s technical and artistic skill that is second to none. With the introduction of the World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930, the brand has set its sights on taking to the next level the way complicated watches are made.

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A Unique Patek Philippe: 5 Key Things About The World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930

A Unique Patek Philippe: 5 Key Things About The World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930

When the World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 was unveiled in 2016, watch enthusiasts and industry insiders have long been waiting for its release. This was because it was only the second time for the brand to introduce a complicated watch that brings together a rare combination of two of its world-renowned complications – the chronograph and the World time. The last time this unique marriage made an appearance was in the 19408, with wristwatch No. 862 442 that featured a pulsimeter and asthmometer scales on the dial.

Let’s take a closer look at why the Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 is the greatest thing to ever happen to complicated watches.

1. A Testament To The Brand’s Evolving Skill And Artistry

Combining the chronograph and World Time mechanism in one watch was an ambitious venture for the brand, owing to the fact that both these complications have made significant development over the years. It was then a challenge for Patek Philippe to fuse these complications together with such skilled sophistication.

The release of the World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 showed that the brand has elevated its technical skills as well as it expertly incorporated both mechanisms without compromising their accuracy and complexity.

It is noteworthy as well that even with the time and effort needed to build one superb complicated watch, Patek Philippe has decided to include the World Time Chronograph as a regular mode amongst its existing collection. That’s how confident the brand is of its technical expertise.

2. Featuring 24 Time Zones

The World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 features a moving city disk that indicates names of places that represent all the 24 international time zones. This disk is complemented with a 24-hour ring that moves to tell the city’s time where the ring is located.

All these features are supported by the self-winding chronograph movement and World Time mechanism, working in perfect unison to ensure precision and reliability.

3. User-friendly World Time Function

Watch connoisseurs will be enamoured by the simple-to-use function of the World Time feature of the Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 watch. The time and time zone of the city which is displayed at 12 o’clock are represented by the hour and minute hands. To know the time in the other zones, the city disk and 24-hour ring can quickly display that while also showing if it is day or night time in a particular city and its time zone.

If the user is travelling from one time zone to another, a quick press at the corrector button located at 10 o’clock moves the city disk and the 24-hour ring in counterclockwise motion and the hour hand in clockwise direction, all in one-hour steps. Once the correction has been applied, the name of the city and its respective time zone will then be displayed at 12 o’clock.

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A Technical Masterpiece In One Sleek And Elegant Case

A Technical Masterpiece In One Sleek And Elegant Case

While the World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 is first and foremost a piece of technical genius, it cannot be denied that its overall appearance is one of elegance. The brand has perfectly showcased its expertise in aesthetics by making the watch exude with exceptional sleekness and sophistication.

The timepiece is encased in an 18k white gold round case with strap lugs that possess a winglet design, which is reminiscent of the brand’s line of World Time watches from the 1940s and 1950s.

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A Showcase Of Two Proven Mechanisms

A Showcase Of Two Proven Mechanisms

Of course the highlight of this watch is the rare combination of two complications that the brand has perfectly mastered through the years.

The timepiece is powered by Calibre CH 28-520 HU, which showcases the self-winding mechanism CH 28-520 PS chronograph calibre that has a column wheel control and a vertical watch. The World Time mechanism, on the other hand, takes its inspiration from the concept developed in the 1930s by Geneva-based watchmaker Louis Cottier.

To know more about the Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 watch, visit the Patek Philippe website for more details. Check out the Revolution Watch Magazine website for interesting stories and videos about the brand.