Patek Philippe’s stainless steel Patek Philippe Chronographe À Quantième Annuel replica watch have always ranked among the most desirable timepieces because they were crafted only in small numbers. It takes much longer than a gold case would to polish a steel case with consecutively finer abrasives until it reflects light with an immaculate sheen. Here, polishing is executed with scientific precision. With very few exceptions – such as the ultra-thin Ref. 5950A split-seconds chronograph which has been in the collection since 2010 – all other Patek Philippe men’s wristwatches were systematically cased in gold or platinum. As regards this strict distinction between casual and classic watches, the new Ref. 5960/1A is another one of these seductive exceptions. The artisans are required to accrue several years of experience before being entrusted with the finissage of the manufacture’s cases.
They were not regularly produced until 1976, when the manufacture introduced the casually elegant Nautilus line. Its memorable slogan: “One of the world’s most expensive watches is made of steel.” Twenty years later, the attractively stylish Aquanau was also endowed with a stainless steel case.
The new stainless steel case imbues the coveted patek philippe annual calendar chronograph replica with authoritative technical finesse that melds classic elegance with masculine sportiness. It emphasizes the active and dynamic nature of the chronograph and underscores its function as a convenient timekeeping instrument of everyday utility. Nonetheless, the new Ref. 5960/1A has a decidedly elegant nimbus attributable to the balanced, gently rounded case contours and the superb finishing touches that reflect the competence of Patek Philippe’s casemaking ateliers. Because of its hardness, stainless steel challenges the skills of the case specialists and imposes special requirements on their tools.
Technical elegance also characterizes the new silvery-gray dial with its striking red accents, interesting bright-dark contrasts, and the dynamic, performance-oriented looks of its explicitly three-dimensional architecture. An uncommon feature in a Patek Philippe watch: the red “1” in the date aperture, which kicks off each month with a colorful stimulus while the dates from the 2nd to the 31st days are displayed black on white. It is a genuine premiere for Patek Philippe, as is the combination of an Annual Calendar chronograph with a steel case and the stainless steel “drop” links bracelet that underscores the functionality of the Ref. 5960 as a measuring instrument.
The hour and minute hands in black oxidized gold feature three facets to match the hour markers and have a luminescent coating to improve legibility at night.The brass hour-counter hand is black nickel-plated to match the applied counter scale. patek philippe perpetual calendar chronograph replica watch large counterbalanced chronograph hand in steel and the small minute-counter hand in brass are bright red as dynamic hints that they are used for measurements in competitive sports. The power-reserve hand in black nickel-plated gold was redesigned as well. It is now somewhat wider and skeletonized.
Thirteen appliques in black oxidized gold produce the expressive 3D effect: the chronograph scale on the periphery of the dial with twelve luminous five-minute markers, the three distinctively contoured frames for the aperture displays of the day, date, and month, the eight pointed-baton hour markers, patek philippe replica watch each with three facets and a recessed sink at the flat end, as well as the 12-hour counter scale at 6 o’clock. Additionally, the dial features two printed concentric chronograph minute counter scales (0 to 30 and 30 to 60 minutes) within the applied hour counter scale, a small day/night indication at 6 o’clock, and the minus and plus symbols for the power-reserve indicator beneath the date aperture. The redesigned hands of the Ref. 5960/1A accentuate the dynamic elegance of the watch.