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Introducing The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175, A Reversible, Grande Sonnerie, Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch (With Specs And Price) | Watches By SJX

Introducing The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175, A Reversible, Grande Sonnerie, Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch (With Specs And Price) The flagship timepiece of Patek Philippe's highly anticipated 175th anniversary collection is the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175, the brand's most complicated wristwatch to date. It combines a 1366-part grand complication movement with a massive, Baroque case that is reversible and wearable on both sides. Date 2014.10.14 Written By Su Jia Xian (SJX) Filed under Minute repeater , News , Patek Philippe , Perpetual calendar Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest Weibo Mail Instagram

In the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 Patek Philippe  has combined several traditional complications in a movement that has a whopping 1366 components. Not only is it Patek Philippe’s first grande and petite sonnerie wristwatch, the Grandmaster Chime (who came up with that name?) also features an alarm, date repeater, perpetual calendar and a swivelling, double-faced case that can be worn on both sides.

This grand complication is presented in a 47.4 mm case decorated with an ornate laurel wreath motif. Technically and aesthetically, the Grandmaster Chime is a lot more than what many would ask for.

The calibre GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM inside the Grandmaster Chime has 20 complications, when each function is broken down into its constituent parts. They are:

1. Grande sonnerie 2. Petite sonnerie 3. Minute repeater 4. Strikework mode display 5. Alarm with time strike 6. Date repeater 7. Going train power reserve display 8. Strikework power reserve display 9. Strikework isolator display 10. Second time zone 11. Second time zone day and night indicator 12. Instantaneous perpetual calendar 13. Day of week 14. Month 15. Date 16. Leap year 17. Four-digit year 18. Moon phase 19. 24-hour and minute sub-dial 20. Crown position indicator (winding, alarm setting and time setting)

The front dial (when the c patek-philippe-grandmaster-chime-rid-0.html. patek philippe calatrava replica watchesrown is pointing to the right) displays the various chiming related and second time zone functions from 1 to 11, while the back is concerned with the perpetual calendar.

The grande and petite sonnerie chimes the time en passant , or as it passes. Considered the most difficult complication in all of watchmaking, the grande sonnerie is only found in a handful of other wristwatches. The Grandmaster Chime has an unusual 30 hour power reserve for the grande and petite sonnerie, thanks to two barrels just for the striking mechanism; typical grande sonnerie watches have one barrel for the time and another for the chimes.

Two other striking complications have been integrated into the movement: a minute repeater and an alarm. Unlike most alarm watches, the Grandmaster Chime alarm strikes the entire time sequence, with the minute repeater essentially functioning as an alarm – a world first.

Another world first is the date repeater. This sounds the date with a double chimes for ten day intervals and a high chime for single days. The 31st of a month will thus be composed of three double chimes and one high chime.

The reverse of the watch shows all the sub-dials of the instantaneous perpetual calendar, along with the four digit year display. All calendar displays, save for the year jump crisply at midnight. Unlike most other year display perpetual calendars like that from IWC that go only forward, the year display of the Grandmaster Chime can be set forward or backwards via pushers in the case.

The watch can be worn on either of its two faces thanks to a swivelling case, a first for Patek Philippe but used before by other brands like Franck Muller. Both sides indicate the time, with the front dial showing all the striking functions (like power reserve and sonnerie mode) as well as second time zone. The reverse dial is for the perpetual calendar.

Measuring 47.4 mm in diameter and 16.1 mm high, the case of the Grandmaster Chime is in rose gold and entirely hand-engraved with a laurel wreath motif, as is the folding buckle. This case reflects an inclination towards ornate case styles obvious in recent years,notably with the Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 6002G .

The obvious comparison is to the Lange Grand Complication unveiled last year that costs almost the same. At 50 mm in diameter, the Lange is even larger than the Grandmaster Chime  and boasts a grande and petite sonnerie, split seconds and lightning chronograph and a perpetual calendar. While the Lange is in essence a modern replica of a vintage pocket watch, both in terms of movement and design, the Patek Philippe does possess some notable innovations, including the date repeater and time striking alarm.

Limited to seven pieces, one of which will reside in the Patek Philippe Museum, the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 is priced at 2.5 million Swiss francs, equivalent to about US$2.63 million.

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Patek Philippe 5175R-001
Keep track of your favorite watches Add to favorites Grandmaster Chime 5175 Brand: Patek Philippe Family: Commemorative Watches Reference: 5175R-001 Name: Grandmaster Chime 5175 Produced: 2014 - 2015 Limited: Yes, 7 units Case Material: Rose Gold Glass: Sapphire Back: Open Diameter: 47.40 mm Height: 16.10 mm Dial Color: Silver Material: Yellow gold Finish: Guilloche Indexes: Mixed Movement

Patek's masterpiece movement that took an alleged 8 years of development. A total of 1.366 parts is working in perfect harmony to keep their most complicated wristwatch yet operating. It's functions include a Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie and minute repeater, a strikework mode display for the sonnerie (Silence/ Grande Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie), an alarm with time strike, a never-before-seen date repeater, a power-reserve indicator for the movement as well as for the strikework, a strikework isolator indicator, a second time zone plus a day/night indicator for it, an instantaneous jumping perpetual calendar with display of day and month, date display (both front and back), leap year cycle and a four-digit year display, a moon phase display, a 24-hour and minute subdial, and a crown position indicator (winding [R], alarm setting [A], timesetting [H]). They are displayed through dials on both front as well as the back of the movement.

Type: Handwound Brand: Patek Philippe Caliber: 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM Display: Analog Diameter: 37.00 mm Reserve: 72 h Frequency: 25200 bph Time: Additional 24 Hour Hand (adjustable), Day / Night Indication, Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds Date: Date, Day, Leap Year, Month, Perpetual Calendar, Year Indicator Astronomical: Moonphase Acoustic: Alarm, Date Repeater, Grande Sonnerie, Minute Repeater, Petite Sonnerie Additionals: Crown Position Indicator More watches using the Patek Philippe 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM caliber Description

The star of Patek Phillipe's highly anticipated 175th anniversary collection. The Grandmaster Chime is sans doubt Patek's most impressive feat of modern times. It features an array of functions housed in a massive 47.4 * 16.1mm rose gold case made up of 214 components, while its movement consists of no less than 1.366 parts. The traditional grand complication watch can be described as having one acoustic complication, one time measurement complication and one calendar complication - of course preferably all as complicated as possible. Patek Philippe however choose to go its own way and create a watch that's based upon the former and the latter, while doing away with the chronographic bits. By no means a short-cut though: the Grandmaster Chime still features 20 complications, among which two that have never been seen before. The first novelty is the Date Repeater - and this one we actually had to add to our WatchBase list of complications. The pusher at 4 o'clock will chime the date at the owners request, with a double chime (ding-dong) for each ten and a single chime for each single digit: 26 would be two double chimes and six single chimes. The second novelty is found in the alarm function. Instead of a buzz, the alarm will chime the hours at which it is set just like the minute repeater - with a built in feature making sure it doesn't chime just once if the alarm is set at say 1:00. The Grandmaster Chime too features Patek's first Petite and Grande Sonnerie, chiming the time 'en passant'. The power reserve for the Sonnerie is set at an impressive 30 hours, which alone is no small feat. All chiming functions share the same barrel, whose power reserve is displayed separately from that of the timekeeping. The case is a baroque work of art, lavishly decorated with engraved leaves - an acquired taste or a testament to the museum-worth quality of this watch? The total of 20 complication is displayed over two dials, with the back dedicated to the perpetual calendar - though of course the 'simple' date display on the front is hooked up to the same perpetual mechanism. A total of seven pieces are made, with one being destined to a life in the Patek Philippe Museum. Price is set at 2.5 million CHF.

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