Watchmaking brands are all proud of their long history, but watch products are market-oriented and need to keep pace with the times. How to strike a clever balance between the two? At the 2022 Geneva “Watches and Miracles” Haute Horlogerie Exhibition, Patek Philippe’s Ref.5320G-011 White Gold Salmon Plate Super Complication Timepiece gave the perfect answer.
The new watch retains the classic elements of the Ref.5320G-001 that came out in 2017, including three-layer lugs, an embossed crown and a “box-shaped” sapphire crystal, while the milky white lacquer dial is changed to a lustrous rose gold dial. Of course the more familiar name is “Salmon/Salmon”. As the saying goes, people take food as their heaven. For the watch design we love, we are used to naming our favorite food. Take this watch as an example, there are “salmon plate” and “chocolate brown strap”.
The replacement of the “salmon plate” highlights the retro style, and at the same time, the visual perception is more plump. The whole watch is like a plate of delicious salmon, breaking the boundaries of vision, taste and touch. On the other hand, I couldn’t help trying it on myself, and I couldn’t put it down.
The white gold case has a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 11.13 mm. It is molded in one piece and polished by hand to give a mirror-like finish. The design of the triple lugs and the “box-shaped” sapphire crystal provides a layered case with thinner side edges.
The dial adopts a classic layout from 1941, with a side-by-side double window for the day and month at 12 o’clock, a pointer-type date display auxiliary dial and a moon phase display window at 6 o’clock, and a leap year display window at 4:30. At 7:30, there is a day/night display window, which is visually balanced and the beauty of symmetry emerges on the plate. Anthracite-grey barrel-shaped gold hour and minute hands, with three-dimensional Arabic numerals, are covered with a white fluorescent coating to ensure legibility even in the dark.
Through the see-through case back, you can admire the built-in 324 S Q movement. The movement is assembled from 327 parts and is equipped with a 21K gold automatic oscillating weight, which can provide a 45-hour power reserve at full strings. Caliber 324 S Q is certified by the Patek Philippe Seal, which ensures that the error does not exceed -3 to +2 seconds per day.
The moon phase display is extremely precise, with a one-day error every 122 years. In addition, the movement has been polished, chamfered, engraved with gold inlays, pearl dots and Côtes de Genève.
The Patek Philippe Ref.5320G-011 White Gold Salmon Plate Grand Complication Timepiece comes on a chocolate brown alligator strap with square scales with a folding clasp.