Introduction

5396R
- Complications
Self-winding

It pays tribute to the 20th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s patented Annual Calendar: the men’s Ref. 5396, with an inline double aperture for the day and month as well as a date at 6 o’clock, is now being presented in two new versions with white- and rose-gold cases. Their hallmarks: a charcoal gray sunburst (white gold) or silvery opaline (rose gold) dial with large applied Breguet numerals in gold.


Mechanical self-winding movement. Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H/303. Annual Calendar. Moon phases. Day, date and month in apertures. Moon phases and 24-hour display. Sweep seconds hand. Dial: silvery opaline dial, gold applied Breguet-style numerals. Alligator strap with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny chocolate brown, fold-over clasp. Fold-over clasp. Case: rose gold. Sapphire-crystal case back. Water resistant to 30 m. Case diameter: 38.5 mm. Height: 11.2 mm.

Price: 42'300 CHF *

*Current price including VAT applicable at our Patek Philippe Salons in Geneva, Switzerland. Authorized retailers may determine the price to their customers.

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Caliber

324 S QA LU 24H/303
Self-winding

Front Back

324 S QA LU 24H/303
Self-winding

Annual Calendar. 24-hour indication. Moon phases. Diameter: 33.3 mm. Height: 5.78 mm. Parts: 347. Bridges: 10. Jewels: 34. Power reserve: Min. 35 hours - max. 45 hours. Central rotor in 21K gold, unidirectional winding. Balance: Gyromax®. Vibrations/hour: 28 800 (4 Hz). Balance spring: Spiromax®. Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal.

Settings

How to set the moonphase indicator?

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A disc, decorated with golden stars and two golden moons against a blue or white background representing the sky, rotates within an aperture. The disc is cut from a wafer of corundum crystal (sapphire).

Gold was condensed onto the disc by means of a vacuum process through a photographic mask to create the shape of the moons and stars.  The aperture is cut at its upper edge in order to represent the lunar cycle.

During the first days of each lunation, the leading edge of a golden moon becomes visible as a crescent on the right of the aperture and appears to wax as it emerges beyond the curved edge of the aperture representing the lunar terminator.

Half way through the lunation, the moon appears full. It then wanes as it disappears behind the terminator on the left of the aperture.

As the moon vanishes, the second moon on the disc is ready to appear on the right.

Savoir faire

Attention to details
The making of a dial

Making a dial is less a branch of watchmaking, more a dedicated craft in itself. Since the dial is the part of the watch that speaks to us, it must be not only beautiful and harmonious, but clearly legible. Dial makers and finishers use age-old hand-craftsmanship skills, alongside trade secrets passed down through generations. A dial for Patek Philippe takes four to six months of production process work, and from 50 to 200 operations, including decorative techniques.

Press release

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396

In 2016, Patek Philippe's patented Annual Calendar, which only needs to be corrected once a year, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the manufacture has launched a new model of this convenient and user-friendly complication. It is not a limited anniversary edition, but a subtly reworked and refined version that logically complements the 21 previous models that have been presented since 1996, not to mention the eclectic gold and platinum variations with different dial designs. The new Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396 is available in 18K white gold with a dark gray sunburst dial and in 18K rose gold with a silvery white opaline dial.

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