This is the second in the series of “bringing to the table” articles. It looks at why I have included specific watches in my collection and how a specific watch adds something special.
Every now and then, a watch comes along that really surprises me. Having been collecting for some time, I tend towards the view that I know my own tastes and can predict what I will or will not like. However, one needs to keep an open mind on this as every now and then something comes along that really causes a stir. For me, the watch in my collection that has caused the biggest stir over the last 2-3 years has been the Ref. 5650G.
When it was first released, I just did not pay much attention to it. Unlike my good friend, Keks, I did not place an order for the watch immediately. In fact, it took me over two weeks to notice it following its release at Basel. I was too pre-occupied looking at the Ref. 5131P. However, once I paid attention and started to explore the Ref. 5650G, I knew I had to have it. The watch has something quite extraordinary. I have written at length on this blog site about all the many unusual features of the Ref. 5650G. If anyone want to revisit that just type in 5650G into the search button.
With the ongoing craze for Nautilus, I saw this Aquanaut as definitively the way to go for me in terms of finding an ideal Patek Philippe sports watch. Rare. A limited edition of just 500. A dial that had been exposed in order to reveal the advanced research patented feature. An additional patent for an inner boss that makes the Ref. 5650G as accurate as a tourbillon. This new technological advance will be sure to play a part in future Patek Philippe watches. And it started with the Ref. 5650G. A stunning aesthetic contrast between the blue dial and white gold case. And, for me, a first travel time complication. Yes, this was a watch that was going to bring things to the table that no other watch in my collection did. If one takes emotional attachment out of the equation, I would say that my favourite watch to wear is the Ref. 5650G. It brings such joy every time I wear it. We all have different rules for collecting. More and more, I find that a watch needs to be worn regularly to be part of my collection and, as a consequence to that, also needs to have a wow factor when it is on my wrist. Life is just too short for ordinary (wine) watches.
Every time I look at this dial, it brings joy. Nothing quite like it anywhere else.
In the first article, I described the References 5070P, 5131P and 3417A. Quite clearly, the Ref. 5650G differs in style and approach to all of these. In the first article, I described that my method of collecting aims to find within each “complication genre” a watch that I find to be the most desirable of its kind. The Ref. 5650G fits this bill quite easily. Within the Advanced Research family, it is the watch I like most. As a complication, there are many travel time watches from Patek Philippe. Again, the Ref. 5650G would be my top choice within this complication genre. Add to this the fact that it simply brings me enormous joy to wear and its easy to see why I want it in my collection. My only negative is that it spends a lot of time in the London safebox.
For me, this is the perfect Patek Philippe sports watch
The Ref. 5370P could not be more different to the list of watches above, yet it also fits exactly to the set of rules that apply to each. I own only one split second chronograph and that is one that I find to be the most desirable within that genre.
Of course, one could delve into vintage territory here and find alternatives. That is always possible to do with a manufacturer like Patek Philippe. If I find the possibility to do that with a vintage piece that I prefer over the Ref. 5370P, then I will do so. But at the moment, the 5370P sits quite safely in my collection. I would say that I find the Ref. 5370P to be one of the finest watches made by Patek Philippe over the last 30 years. Its finishing is right at the very top of the tree. The case design is quite exquisite. And, to top it off, the dial is made from a deep black enamel. Is there any other chronograph in Patek Philippe history made in black enamel? A split second chronograph in platinum with a black enamel dial and Breguet numerals. In-house moevement finished to the absolute highest standard. Quite simply the watch has it all.
This watch has it all…..