Here at Eve’s Watch HQ we’ve long been predicting the rise of interestingly complicated women’s watches. We jumped for joy when we saw that IWC had included second-time-zone piece in its Portofino Midsize collection and applauded Montblanc’s first women’s perpetual calendar.
Patek Philippe has always led the way when it comes to complications for women, so it is no surprise that, for its 175th anniversary, it has upped the ante considerably.
This watch may have diamonds on the dial, but it is going for some serious horological heft with its complications. It is a Multi-Scale Chronograph with three logarithmic scales – a tachymeter, telemeter and pulsimeter. What this means is, should you want to, you can use the watch to compute speeds, distances and heartbeats per minute. Something we think is really rather cool.
If that wasn’t enough, Patek also boasts that, despite all this added pressure on the movement, the new, specially designed, version of the calibre CH 28-520 will not vary by more than -3 to +2 seconds per day, which makes it very accurate indeed.
Unfortunately with this being a commemorative watch numbers are limited to 150 in either white or rose gold, so if you want one then you might have to whip the credit card out pronto (they’re a mere £45,120…)
With this watch, Patek has managed to put some seriously exceptional complications in a really wearable, good-looking watch. It has laid down a gauntlet, it will be interesting to see if there’s anyone out there who wants to pick it up.
This and all the other 175th commemorative watches will be on display at a Grand Exhibition being held next year at the Saatchi Gallery, London.