The big news for Patek Philippe at this week’s SIHH is the relaunch of the collection, a series most recently revisited in 2007, now redesigned with 1980s-inspired round cases and —the brand says — targeted largely at women. We’ve already shown you, and will be exploring other models in the coming weeks, but today, as SIHH 2017 opens for business, we focus on a horological headliner with a definite masculine appeal: the Cheap Patek Philippe Replica.
Housed in a 44-mm, 18k rose-gold case and powered by an all-new in-house movement, Caliber 89900, the Patek Philippe Replica combines a trio of complications: a classical flying tourbillon, a chronograph, and a retrograde date indication. As with all tourbillons of the “flying” variety, this one’s cage is bearing-mounted on only one end, on the underside, rather than connected to an upper bridge, as in a traditional, “non-flying” tourbillon. Visible in a large aperture at 6 o’clock on the silver-plated dial, the Patek Philippe Replica Watches also has a technically complex hacking seconds function: when the crown is pulled out, two levers clamp onto the balance rim, halting the balance, wheel train, and hands, and thus ensuring accurate time setting down to the second.
The chronograph, which includes a flyback function and is operated by two golden pushers on either side of the crown, can record elapsed-time intervals up to 11 hours and 59 minutes. These intervals are displayed on a single subdial at 12 o’clock, with hands and indices for both hours and minutes to ensure an easy and intuitive reading of the elapsed time: If the hands are stopped at 9:45, for example, you’ve recorded 9 hours and 45 minutes. The Cheap Patek Philippe Replica central chronograph seconds hand can measure stopped times to 1/4-second accuracy.
The arc-shaped retrograde date display, located on the left side of the dial and numbered 1 through 31, has a small date-pointer hand that moves in one-day increments and snaps back to 1 after reaching 31. In months with fewer than 31 days, simply use the crown to quickly and easily advance the date pointer back to the first day of the new month.The self-winding movement, Patek Philippe Replica, has a 68-hour power reserve and a balance frequency of 28,800 vph. On display through a clear sapphire caseback window, its notable features include a solid rose-gold rotor and a pallet and escape wheel made of diamond-coated silicon, an extremely hard and friction-resistant surface treatment that is beneficial to maintaining the power reserve.