SOUND AND LIGHT
Watch out, masterpiece about! With this new reference from the Geneva manufacture, the queen of complications teams up with a wonderful piece whose excellence matches its own.
Even though the minute repeater, chiming the hour on demand, may address a need from another era, it has now become one of the most prestigious complications in fine watchmaking thanks to its complexity. With its 5178 G-012 Grandes Complications model, Patek Philippe center stages its know-how in this field. Two “cathedral” gongs ring out incomparably-rare, rich high and low tones when the pusher nestling in the caseband is gently tapped. This melody unfolds inside an elegant 40 mm-diameter, 10.53 mm-thick white gold case. To set off this outstanding mechanism in style, the watchmakers imagined an amazing flinqué blue Grand Feu enamel dial. As such, a delicately-wavy hand guilloché-engraved pattern exalts the dial. Light softly embraces the relief created. The scenography captivates with its incredible nuances.
The hour and minute hands, along with the small seconds set at 6 o’clock are precisely synchronized by the selfwinding R 27 PS caliber (48 hours of power reserve). The hammers striking the gongs, the micro-rotor and other components of this movement featuring outstanding finishes are unveiled through the sapphire-crystal caseback. Thanks to its quick strap change system, the 5178 G-012 Grandes Complications watch can be worn on a glossy peacock-blue alligator strap or on an alternative orange one, both attached by a folding clasp. Whatever you choose, you can be sure it will be a perfect match.
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