Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, 5970R, Rose Gold

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Paying a homage to classic Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronographs while integrating distinctly modern elements, this ref. 5970 strikes an excellent balance between vintage and modern. One of the last few Patek Philippe watches to make use of a Lemania ebauche, the piece represents a shift for the brand into its modern form.

Our five favourite chronograph

If you ask just about any vintage watch enthusiast, the likelihood is that the chronograph will be their favourite complication. At first glance, it appears simple, almost trivial. However, with a myriad of different designs and functions, few complications have been as significant over the past century, as the chronograph.

As with many things in modern horology, these were first developed as tools, to be used during exhilarating car races, meticulous medical examinations or in more frivolous pursuits. Nowadays, choosing whether to have a chronograph or not is a matter of taste, rather than a question of functionality. It is a choice imbued with romanticism and nostalgia for the past.