Another day, another new blue dial version of a great watch, but here, the stakes are considerably higher. The color comes from Patek Philippe by way of a rich blue Grand Feu enamel dial for their seriously impressive 5370 Split-Seconds Chronograph. Fitted to one of the finest and most limited watches in Patek’s line up, an additional reference for the 5370 is a huge release and a strong reminder of Patek’s competency when it comes to heavy-hitter complicated watches – you know – like classic hand-wound split-seconds chronographs.
For those of you who might not remember, the 5370P was launched at Baselworld in 2015 with a black enamel dial and an incredibly technical and beautifully finished movement (seriously, keep reading). Like the original model, the new blue 5370P has a 41mm platinum case that is 13.56mm thick, water-resistant to 30 meters, and comes with both a sapphire display caseback and an interchangeable solid caseback. If you want the full scoop on the original model, be sure to check out Ben’s Hands-On post from 2015. Spoiler alert: He loved the original version and wrote the following in summation, “The 5370P is absolutely one of the finest watches Patek Philippe has released in years. It is the watch we, as vintage Patek lovers, have been waiting for, and it has done a great deal for inspiring renewed vigor amongst modern Patek collectors. This will go down as a classic.”
Opt for the display caseback (obviously), and you’re treated to a very special view – Patek’s own CHR 29-525 PS caliber. Manually wound with small seconds and an instantaneous 30-minute counter, the CHR 29-525 PS has 312 parts supporting a 65-hour power reserve, a rate of 4 Hz, and a split-seconds chronograph with a column wheel and a horizontal clutch. As noted by Ben in his previously-mentioned write up, the CHR 29-525 PS also features some specialized rattrapante innovations including a system to isolate the split-seconds wheel from undue friction when halting the split-seconds measure and a jewel between its flat heart cam shoulders that ensures the split hands are properly aligned.
Easily as pretty as the dial (in blue or black), this movement is beautifully finished and, while I’ve not had the pleasure of operating a Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph, I have to imagine it feels pretty special. Speaking to the functionality, the top pusher starts and stops the chronograph, the lower pusher starts and stops the split-seconds function, and the pusher set in the turbine-style crown resets the chronograph.
With sloping cabochon capped lugs and a band of horizontal satin finishing that defines both flanks, the 5370P is intricately finished and offers a collector-friendly and classically-minded expression of Patek Philippe’s watchmaking prowess. While there is certainly a cohort that knows Patek Philippe best for watches like the ever-popular Nautilus, the 5370P takes rare to a new level. Back in 2015, we reported that the U.S. market expected to get no more than three examples in the first year. While a new dial will certainly add to those numbers, we’re still talking about a truly rare and top-spec creation.
Looping back around to the blue dial, we see a lovely rich and glossy blue that has been hand-rendered by Patek Philippe in Grand Feu enamel (hence the “Email” on the dial, which is French for enamel). For effect, the Breguet numerals and hands are all white gold and, while it’s hard to say which version of the 5370P is more beautiful, I think it is safe to say that the blue certainly offers an entirely different presence that rather suits the traditional styling of the model.
Fitted to a matching blue alligator strap (with a platinum fold-over clasp), the 5370P-011 will set you back some $ 263,093. That figure can be loosely compared to the 2015 pricing of $ 249,200, but these are so rare and such technical creations that Patek Philippe can price as they please, and it’s safe to assume that the number is not going to be met with a lot of sensitivity by those who would find themselves in the market for such a watch.
As one of three new and noteworthy 2020 releases from Patek Philippe, the new blue 5370P looks like an absolute stunner and is a fitting sibling for a watch that manages to capture the clout of the brand’s modern-day manufacture and the appeal of their 1940s chronographs.
The Patek Philippe Reference Ref. 5370P-011: case, platinum, 41mm x 13.56mm, sapphire front and back, and 30 meters water resistance. The dial is glossy blue Grand Feu enamel with white-gold Breguet markers and hands. Movement, CHR 29-525 PS caliber hand-wound, split-seconds chronograph, 4Hz, maximum running time 65 hours. Priced at $ 263,093; see more at Patek.com.