Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, 5970G, White Gold

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This is an example of the Patek Philippe reference 5970* in white gold, a watch that took inspiration from the historic brand’s impressive back catalogue of perpetual calendar chronographs, brought together in a thoroughly modern package. The silver dial is well balanced, while the perpetual calendar is very intuitive to operate. The reference, which was produced for a relatively brief period between 2004 and 2011, was one of the last to make use of a Lemania ebauche that is widely viewed as one of the most impressive calibres created.

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.
Read Our five favourite chronograph scales and why they matter | Read Articles & Interviews from the world of watchmaking | A Collected Man
Read Our five favourite chronograph scales and why they matter | Read Articles & Interviews from the world of watchmaking | A Collected Man
Read Our five favourite chronograph scales and why they matter | Read Articles & Interviews from the world of watchmaking | A Collected Man
Read Our five favourite chronograph scales and why they matter | Read Articles & Interviews from the world of watchmaking | A Collected Man

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.