Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph, 5960P-001, Platinum

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This reference 5960*, in platinum, with a sunburst, anthracite dial, represents the first time Patek Philippe combined a flyback chronograph and annual calendar, the latter being a complication Patek Philippe pioneered and has become synonymous with. Featuring an array of useful complications arranged intuitively, the dial wears an overall appearance that is refined and legible. The 40.5mm case has a reassuring heft to it and is very well proportioned making this complicated Patek Philippe exceedingly wearable on a daily basis.

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.