Saturday, March 26, 2016

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396

In 2016, Patek Philippe's patented Annual Calendar is celebrating its 20th anniversary. During the past 20 years, 21 different models of this convenient complication were launched in various gold and platinum versions with various dials. Now, Patek Philippe is presenting model number 22: The new Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396 is available in 18K white gold with a dark gray sunburst dial and in 18K rose gold with a silvery white opaline dial.
The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396 looks familiar but new at the same time. It brings together well known style elements and blends them in a new way to create innovative and timeless new facets. The case shape evokes the Calatrava paragon, merges with elegantly sculpted lugs, and features a broad, smoothly polished bezel. It holds a prominently cambered sapphire-crystal glass, endowing the watch with volume and a highly modern look.
The glass protects a dial that also combines familiar elements in a subtle and perceptibly novel manner. The day of the week and the month appear in a double in-line aperture at 12 o'clock, and the large date is displayed in an aperture at 6 o'clock. A 24-hour dial with an integrated moon-phase display in the bottom half of the dial assures a visually balanced configuration.
The time indication underscores the persuasive personality of the watch: A wreath of small gold minute dots frames the hour circle composed of applied gold Breguet numerals with a distinctive 3D effect. They set a fantastic stage for the Dauphine-style hour and minute hands as well as the slender seconds hand.

The heart of the new Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref.5396 is the mechanical self-winding caliber 324 S QA LU 24H movement. Its calendar must be manually corrected only once a year at the transition from February to March, and it takes 122 years before a single-day adjustment of the moon-phase display is needed.
This precise and dependable movement with its useful complication is a true beauty as well, as evidenced by a glance through the sapphire-crystal display back.

The new Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396 is available in two versions: The classically elegant model comes in 18K rose gold 5N with a silvery white opaline dial and color-coordinated numerals, markers, and hands as well as a chocolate brown alligator strap with a Calatrava fold-over clasp.
The version in 18K white gold has very modern technical looks. It features a dark dial in Galvanic Gray with a fine sunburst pattern, applied Breguet numerals, markers and hands in 18K white gold, as well as a matt black alligator strap with a white-gold Calatrava fold-over clasp.
Technical details
Model: Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396

Movement
Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H
Self-winding mechanical movement, Annual Calendar, 24-hour subdial, moon phases, sweep seconds
Diameter: 33.3 mm (basic caliber 26 mm, Annual Calendar module 33.3 mm)
Height: 5.78 mm (basic caliber 3.3 mm, Annual Calendar 2.48 mm)
Number of parts: 347
Number of jewels: 34
Power reserve: Min. 35 hours, max. 45 hours
Winding rotor: Central rotor in 21K gold, unidirectional winding
Balance: Gyromax®
Frequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz)
Balance spring: Spiromax®
Balance spring stud: Adjustable

Functions
Two-position crown:
– Pushed in: To wind the watch
– Pulled out: To set the time

Displays
With hands: Legal time in hours, minutes, seconds and 24 hours
In apertures: Day, month, date and Moon phases

Correction push pieces
Date at 4 o'clock
Day at 10 o'clock
Month at 2 o'clock
Moon phase at 8 o'clock

Hallmark
Patek Philippe Seal

Ref. 5396R (18K rose gold 5N)
Case
18K rose gold 5N, sapphire-crystal display back, water-resistant crown
Water-resistant to 30 meters
Case dimensions: Diameter: 38.5 mm
Length (lug to lug): 46.8 mm
Width (3 to 9 o'clock incl. crown): 40.45 mm
Thickness (crystal to display back): 11.2 mm
Width between lugs: 21 mm

Dial
Brass silvery white opaline
Applied Breguet numerals in 18K rose gold 5N
Minute markers 18K rose gold 5N
Hours and minutes: Dauphine hands in 18K rose gold 5N, polished
Seconds: Pfinodal rose-gold-plated 5N
24 hours: Leaf-shaped hands in 18K rose gold 5N

Strap
Alligator with large square scales, shiny chocolate brown, hand-stitched, Calatrava fold-over clasp in 18K rose gold 5N

Ref. 5396G (18K white gold)
Case
18K white gold, sapphire-crystal display back, water-resistant crown
Water-resistant to 30 meters
Case dimensions: Diameter: 38.5 mm
Length (lug to lug): 46.8 mm
Width (3 to 9 o'clock incl. crown): 40.45 mm
Thickness (crystal to display back): 11.2 mm
Width between lugs: 21 mm

Dial
Brass, galvanic gray sunburst
Applied Breguet numerals in 18K white gold
Minute markers in 18K white gold
Hours and minutes: Dauphine hands in 18K white gold, polished
Seconds: Pfinodal white-gold plated
24 hours: Leaf-shaped hand in white gold

Strap
Alligator with large square scales, matt black, hand-stitched, Calatrava foldover clasp in 18K white gold

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