On the occasion of “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017,” Patek Philippe has revealed nine new limited-edition watches, for men and ladies, including a totally new grand complication and a collection of rare handcrafted watches.
World Time Minute Repeater Ref. 5531 “New York 2017 Special Edition
The new Ref. 5531 is the first watch from Patek Philippe that combines the two complications that are most associated with the Geneva-based manufacture: a minute repeater and a world-time function. In bringing these complications together, Patek Philippe also managed to implement a horological innovation: Unlike other world time minute repeaters that acoustically indicate home time even when their owners are located at the other end of the world, the Ref. 5531 always strikes local time, which means the hour displayed by the hands from the center in that time zone represents the city aligned with the 12 o’clock position on the dial.
The new Ref. 5531 World Time Minute Repeater New York 2017 Special Edition consists of two editions of five pieces each – five with the “New York by Day” dial and five with the “New York by Night” dial. All watches have a sapphire crystal caseback with the engraved inscription “PATEK PHILIPPE NEW YORK 2017” as well as an interchangeable back in solid rose gold with the same engraving. Price: £428,766