Patek Philippe World Time Flyback Chronograph, 5935A-001, Stainless Steel

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Featuring the unusual combination of a world time function with a flyback chronograph, the reference 5935A* is a decidedly modern and complicated watch that retains Patek Philippe’s signature style. Cased in stainless steel, this is an attractive example with a distinctive chequerboard-style salmon dial.

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.