Patek 5059G – Perpetual Calendar Retrograde Moonphase
Patek Philippe 5059G Grand Complication Perpetual Calendar Retrograde with Moonphase, 18kt White Gold, White Enamel Dial with Roman Numeral Hour Markers, Self-Winding Automatic Patek Philippe Caliber 315/136 with 31 jewels and The Prestigious Geneva Seal, Skeleton Back with Hunters Case Back, Brown Alligator Strap, White Gold Fold-Over Deployant Buckle, 36mm
Patek Philippe has offered several perpetual calendar models over the past decade. The reference 5059 is the most interesting aesthetically, in my opinion. The dial features both classical elements, like the roman numerals, hands, and minutes chapter at the periphery of the white enamel dial, and also playful elements like the retrograde date and the distribution of the day, month and leap year indicators. The case is also very “sculpted”, with case lines which are very clean and quite massive. The case is also hunter-style, and the caseback can be popped open with a flick of the thumb to reveal the sublime Patek Philippe Caliber 315/136.
Case is 18k white gold, with dimensions of 36mm diameter by 12.8mm thick. Constructed with 4 separate components, the sapphire display back is protected by a hinged solid case back. Slightly domed sapphire crystal in front, while display crystal is flat. Once again, the case lines on the 5059 are interesting – the bezel and case sides are rounded and the crown even has small, protective shoulders which morph into the hunter-caseback, while the lugs are squared on top, while curving downward for wearing comfort (and feature rather massive, exposed screws securing the lugs).
Caliber is the Patek Philippe Caliber 315/136 with 31 jewels and the prestigious Geneva Seal.
Dial is white enamel over solid gold with printed roman numerals for hours, arabic numerals for date, minutes/seconds chapter at the dial’s edge. Dial displays 12 hours time with center seconds, day, date via retrograde display, month, moonphase and leap year. Hands are blackened gold, leaf style and offer excellent legibility.
Strap is hand-sewn Patek crocodile with an 18k white gold Patek deployant clasp. These watches are exemplary and also a collector’s dream watch.