29 November 2016
The Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph Reference 5930 is one of those watches whose value is destined to increase over time, and are therefore sought after by collectors as a form of investment. For it is a very rare model: up to now, in fact, it had never entered into production, and is mentioned in the manufacturer’s archives only once, a one-of-a-kind piece made to order in 1940. And yet it brings together two of Patek Philippe’s specialties: two complications that are not only difficult to combine from the mechanical viewpoint, but are reinterpreted here in the light of the most recent technological innovations and of the most immediate use possible. The movement, a self-winding chronograph, boasts for example components made of silicon and refined technical solutions (like the column-wheel control for the chronograph), as well as the fly-back function (with which the timer can be reset and restarted with a single touch). Then there is world time: a mechanism, developed by the manufacturer with patents taken out in 1959 and 1999, that makes it possible to see the time in 24 of the world’s cities at a glance, with the relative day/night indication—the time zone function is extremely easy to adjust by means of the button at 10 o’clock. The perfect integration of the many features is also reflected in the formal balance of the dial, engraved by hand and enclosed in an elegant white-gold case with a diameter of 39.5 mm. The quality is certified by the Patek Philippe Seal.