Patek Philippe 5146 Annual Calendar Wristwatches
Very few watchmakers in the segment of luxury watches command the type of respect and awe as the name Patek Philippe does. The illustrious journey of the company was started in the year 1839 by Francois Czapek and Antione Norbert de Patek. The company has the distinction of manufacturing some of the finest of wristwatches over the years. In the recent years, the company has started manufacturing new era wristwatches that perfectly represent a combination of their century old tradition and contemporary style. The Patek Philippe 5146 Annual Calendar is a fitting response from the company to the popular modern day trend of oversize watches. The Patek Philippe 5036 and 5056 were the predecessors of the Patek Philippe 5146 and had a diameter of 37 mm. The new Patek Philippe 5146 has a 39 mm diameter and an 18 karat gold or 950 platinum case. The larger scale has certainly created much more space in the dial for the additional functions.
The stylish appearance of the Patek Philippe 5146 can be attributed to a great extent to the hand stitched alligator strap that is brown in color (dark grey for the platinum version). This strap has been connected to a gorgeous fold over clasp that matches beautifully with the case. This well padded leather strap contributes significantly to the overall comfort of users. Towards the right hand portion of the case, there is a two position crown that needs to be pushed for winding, and pulled out for setting the time on the Patek Philippe 5146. The various complications of the watch can be controlled by the corrector buttons that are placed at the positions 2, 4, 6, and 8 in the case. The dial is either a rich and elegant cream or anthracite grey and is topped by a beautiful scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Creation of this dial requires 12 different steps of high precision firing, lacquering, and polishing. The dial of the Patek Philippe 5146 is encircled by gold Arabic numerical and baton markers. The minutes and hour hands have Superluminova coating to ensure better visibility in all lighting conditions. There is also a power reserve indicator just below the 12 position. Other indicators for month, moon phase, and date are found as we move clockwise along the dial.
This discussion would remain incomplete without describing the in-house 315 S IRM QA LU Caliber. With the legendary Patek Seal hallmark, this is a perfect example of the acclaimed decoration and finishing by Patek Philippe. The mechanical movement of the Patek Philippe 5146 Annual Calendar is of self winding type and comprises of a Gyromax balance wheel, 36 jewels, and 155 individual parts.