Patek Philippe made a major announcement: From now on, every Patek Philippe movement will include silicon components. If this is not enough to attract enough attention from the watchmaking industry, then the brand’s new watch released in Geneva stores on Wednesday night must not be ignored.
At the Geneva boutique, Patek Philippe’s latest calendar correction table Ref 5235 is on display. © Worldtempus / Louis Nardin
The brand put three firsts into this watch. On Wednesday night, Thierry Stern and his wife, Sandrine, who is also the head of the creative department, proudly displayed the brand’s song three-pin one-line watch at the Geneva store. As Stern mentioned in an exclusive interview, Ref 5235-which also includes an annual calendar-was inspired by a clock in his father’s Philippe Stern office.
Thierry and Sandrine Stern personally introduce the Patek Philippe’s first three-hand, one-line watch Ref 5235. © Worldtempus / Elizabeth Doerr
Secondly, this timepiece represents Patek Philippe’s first watch with a stopwatch function. ‘No support is needed now,’ explains Thierry Stern. ‘Technology is mature.’ Here, the frequency of this movement is unheard of 3.2 Hz (23,040 vibrations per hour). ‘For accuracy and power reserve, this is the best frequency we aspire to,’ he continued. Finally, the Caliber 31-260 REG QA was fortunate to be Patek Philippe’s first movement designed with three silicon components: an escape wheel, a lever and a hairspring.
Caliber 31-260 REG QA is a self-winding movement with a pearl tourbillon. This watch with a diameter of 40.5 mm is 10.65 mm thick. © Worldtempus / Elizabeth Doerr
‘We didn’t make such improvements for ourselves,’ Stern emphasized. ‘The new trait is the satisfaction of our customers.’
Another brand new element is the Patek Philippe emblem engraved on the gray face plate, which brings endless elegance. © Worldtempus / Elizabeth Doerr