Patek Philippe Ref. 5235/50R: Better Apart

31.05.2019

A gorgeous regulator-style watch with annual calendar, silicon balance spring, and an unmistakably dressy charisma.


The two-tone dial in graphite and ebony-black is laid out in a perfect symmetry with the large central minute hand, hours at 12, and small seconds at 6. The annual calendar indication is done via the three windows, with day of the week and month at the upper part and the date right on the small second sub-dial. No need to say, the colours are perfectly matched too with all the indexes done in white and all the background in black. Patek certainly has a solid approach to regulator-style watches! The same goes to the 40.5-mm rose gold round case that has enough details and textures to inspect it for hours, yet radiates a dressy, buttoned-up charisma.


The piece is powered by an in-house self-winding movement featuring a golden micro-rotor and a maximum power reserve of 48 hours. As expected with the price tag around $50,000 and a Patek Philippe Seal quality mark, it’s finished to the extreme level, and looking through the transparent caseback is equally pleasing as looking on the dial. It also features a silicon Spiromax balance spring, that the Geneva-based brand uses only in special occasions. The watch comes on a black alligator strap and has some basic water resistance of 30 meters.