Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary Watch Releases

For 2014 and the brand's 175th anniversary, Patek Philippe has released one of the their most complicated wristwatches of all time. This is no doubt inspired by the company's iconic Henry Graves Supercomplication pocket watch that was originally delivered in the 1930s and that will be re-auctioned in November 2014. The flagship timepiece that marks the brand's 175th anniversary is called the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 (ref. 5175R-001)  and it is an extremely complicated watch with two dials and 20 complications – the result of eight years of development according to Patek Philippe.

"Extremely complicated" is a term we are used to hearing when it comes to Patek Philippe – for all the other most notable pieces check out our article on the 17 rarest and most expensive Patek Philippe watches here. The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime however comes in at the very top of the food chain, with its massive 47.4 millimeter wide and 16.1 mm thick case and incredibly intricate movement comprising 1,366 components – including three gongs and three hammers and altogether 20 complications displayed over two dials. The case is also reversible, meaning it flips around. The movement also has a unique 3.5 Hz (25,200 bph) frequency.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary Watch Releases

Beyond stunning figures, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime features a very new, and we should say unexpected, novelty from Patek: a swiveling case. Much like some of the most highly complicated pocket watches of the manufacture, the "GMC" can only manage to display all related information of its numerous complications on not one, but two dials. The heavily engraved 18k rose gold case – which is composed of 214 parts in itself – is suspended between similarly lavishly decorated lugs, and the case can be rotated on the longitudinal axis, allowing the owner to be able to wear the watch with either of the two dials facing up – without having to swap the straps, as seen on some other "two-faced" watches. The idea is to allow the wearer to have either side of the case be the "front."

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary Watch Releases

The primary dial of the Grandmaster Chime 5175 displays the hours and minutes on centrally mounted hands – as per normal – however it also hides a number of indications with retrograde hands and small circular apertures. To begin with, the large subdial at the 12 o'clock position is for setting the alarm – with a little bell-shaped aperture indicating whether this function is armed or turned off. Beyond the large subdial at the 6 o'clock position reserved for the phase of the moon and date indications, this side also displays the power reserve for the movement at 9, and that of the sonnerie complication at the 3 o'clock positions.

On two smaller displays surrounding the date's subdial, the settings for the chiming mechanisms can be tracked: to the left is the display for the Silent, Grande, or Petite settings of the sonnerie, while to the right, the crown's momentary functionality can be seen: "R" stands for winding, "A" for setting the alarm, and "H" for setting the time. Last but not least, the two tiny apertures scattered at around the two and three o'clock positions serve for the day-night indicator of a second time zone and the "chiming mechanism isolator display" (used to indicate when it is safe to wind the movement without damaging the intricate chiming mechanism). One again Patek Philippe is to be credited in displaying all the indicators on the 5175 watch in a logical and relatively easy to read manner.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary Watch Releases

Speaking of which, let's discuss the namesake complication of this timepiece: the chime. It is no secret that Patek Philippe is very proud of its chiming watches – Thierry Stern, the president of the company, is said to listen to every single chiming watch the manufacture produces, before sending the timepieces out to retailers and their future owners. Therefore, it was expected that Patek would incorporate the chiming mechanism in their 175th anniversary model – and we are not disappointed. The highly complex and completely in-house designed and manufactured movement features a unique chiming mechanism: beyond the grande and petite sonnerie (automatic chimes for every passed hours and quarters), and the minute repeater, it also includes two other, highly unusual chiming complications.

For one, in the 5175R-001 there is an alarm whereas the alarm chimes the set time (say, for 8:15 it chimes 8 hours and one quarter-hour tone), and second, a date repeater function. That's right, a repeater that chimes the date: after pressing the button at the 4 o'clock position it will chime a combination of high and low tones for every 10 days, and then it will chime the single digits as it would chime the minutes. Therefore, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 is not only true to its name, but it may very well be the most complicated chiming wristwatch ever made.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary Watch Releases

Speaking of the date, the secondary dial of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 is dedicated to the perpetual calendar, which features four subdials and a display – sounds complex enough, so let's see what every one of these do, one by one. The larger dial at the 12 o'clock position of the "case-back" displays the time on a 24-hour display – likely serving as a GMT display, beyond the primary time display seen on the other dial. In the center is a display for the year, which is located between the subdials for the day and month indications. Finally, at the 6 o'clock position, is a display for the date, as well as the leap year.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary Watch Releases

In conclusion, the the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175R will go down in Patek history as a remarkably complex piece with a more divisive design. Only seven Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175R-001 watch will ever be produced – six for clients and one for the Patek Philippe Museum – and the price will be 2.5 million Swiss francs, or about $2.6 million each.

Tech Specs from Patek Philippe:

Patek Philippe 5175R-001

  • Mechanical manually wound movement
  • Caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM
  • Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime
  • Bright silvery luster dials
  • Time side with hand guilloched center and applied gold Roman numerals
  • 18K solid gold dial plates
  • Alligator strap with square scales, hand-stitched, dark brown, hand-patinated
  • Solid gold fold-over clasp, fully hand-engraved
  • Reversible case, fully hand-engraved with a decoration of laurel leaves
  • Case is humidity and dust protected only (not water resistant)
  • Rose gold
  • Diameter: 47.4 mm
  • Height: 16.1 mm
  • Commemorative limited edition of 7 timepieces
  • Six will be sold and one will be part of the Patek Philippe Museum Collection
  • Mechanical manually wound movement
  • Caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM
  • Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie, minute repeater
  • Strikework mode display (Silence/ Grande Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
  • Alarm with time strike
  • Date repeater
  • Movement power-reserve indicator
  • Strikework power-reserve indicator
  • Strikework isolator indicator
  • Second time zone
  • Second time zone day/night indicator
  • Instantaneous perpetual calendar
  • Display of day and month
  • Date display (on both dials)
  • Leap year cycle
  • Four-digit year display
  • Moon phases
  • 24-hour and minute subdial
  • Crown position indicator (winding [R], alarm setting [A], timesetting [H])
  • Case diameter: 37 mm
  • Height: 10.7 mm
  • Number of parts: 1,366
  • Movement power-reserve: 72 hours
  • Strikework power-reserve: 30 hours
  • Balance: Gyromax®
  • Frequency: 25,200 semi-oscillations/ hour (3.5 Hz)
  • Balance spring: Spiromax®
  • Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 - The 20 complications
1. Grande Sonnerie
2. Petite Sonnerie
3. Minute repeater
4. Strikework mode display (Silence/Grand Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
5. Alarm with time strike
6. Date repeater
7. Movement power - reserve indicator
8. Strikework power - reserve indicator
9. Strikework isolator display
10. Second time zone
11. Second time zone day/night indicator
12. Instantaneous perpetual calendar
13. Day - of - week display
14. Month display
15. Date display (on both dials)
16. Leap year cycle
17. Four- digit year display
18. 24 - hour and minute subdial
19. Moon phase
20. Crown position indicator (RAH)
What do you think?
  • I want it! (7)
  • I love it! (6)
  • Interesting (2)
  • Thumbs up (2)
  • Classy (1)
  • thornwood36

    I wonder who the lucky 6 will be to have this gorgeous piece of engineering on their wrist. I do hope they use it and enjoy it and that is sees the sees the light of day

  • Fraser Petrick

    Side by side on ABTW: a Patek Philippe Grand Master watch and an ad for a Mark Carson watch. Hmmm. Which would I want? No contest.

  • DangerussArt

    … and you just finished that book, too. 2.6 million dollars. Wow. Seriously that’s like a lifetime’s wages for many, if you’re lucky.

  • Gabechambers

    Finally-a Patek that competes with the functionality of a G- shock – bravo

  • Zeitblom

    It’s strange that when these brands go for the ultimate, the result is ultimately ugly, ugly, ugly.

  • 5803822

    Could have been “ye olde traditionale” on one side and super mod on the other.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    A plain bezel on at least one side with modern fonts would have been a plus – the ultimate in movement making no doubt, but hardly relevent to the wrist size of the average ABTW  – too big at 47mm plus – (probably all 6 spoken for anyway!!)

  • DG Cayse

    An astounding piece of horological technology. Beautifully crafted.

  • DG Cayse

    thornwood36 I venture to say that all 6 are already sold pending completion.

  • I thought for sure there was going to be a “GOTCHA!!” moment as I scrolled down…and then I realized this was for real. Fascinating, nonetheless!
    Bravo, PP!

  • Fraser Petrick I’d take the Patek too – if only because even I have made more than 6 of my watches. But thanks for the shout out Fraser (I think).

  • In lesser watches, I guess you have to put up with “311” being the last (or is it the first) day of the month on a calendar sub-dial. For for this price, you’d think they could have put some space between them and mad it retrograde in operation.
    I do hope the luck 6 customers are able to specify which language they want the dial printed in (and for me, I’d have Sunday, not Monday) at the top. I know Europeans think the week starts on Monday, but that’s the work week. I remember a  European once asking me why Americans have their calendars start the week on Sunday. I him refereed to a semi-historical publication (whose first chapter is titled “Genesis”), ha ha.

  • Gabechambers I think I missed reading the water resistance too.

  • ryan_ould

    MarkCarson Santa also thinks the week starts on a Sunday 🙂

  • DangerussArt And it still would have 5 watches after it in Ariel’s new book (but to be fair, 3 of them were PP also).

  • Fraser Petrick I just remembered you being concerned with large watches on your “kebob stick” sized wrists (as you called them). Well the good news is my watches are only 43 mm and 12.5 mm thick. Clearly superior for you than this 47.4  mm by 16.1 behemoth. Just saying…

  • joshgraves

    Amazing what can be crammed in such a small space.  I love the detailed case and lugs.  It would be cool to see more watches with that kind of detail in the case.

  • Gabechambers

    Weeelll…. Ok then – almost competes with the functionality ! Lol

  • joshgraves Then this  PP might also fill the bill for you:

  • JosephW

    And most likely, about 4 of them will be squirreled away in a vault, only to be revealed for auction 50 years from now.

  • joshgraves

    MarkCarson joshgraves Yah that’s the ticket and its a full million dollars cheaper!  Quite the bargain.  The engraving reminds me of old school custom pistols.

  • joshgraves To paraphrase Ben Franklin, “A million saved is a million earned”. 
    Either watch is suitable for an oligarch.

  • PhilR

    I am, at once, in awe and unmoved by this watch.

    Technically, it is an indisputable masterwork, due to be deservingly canonized as the limit of early 21st century watchmaking.
    And yet, when I look at it, it seems joyless. There is no discernible trace of personality in this watch. That basic emotional response, required of art, and which has allowed the mechanical timepiece to survive into the modern era, seems to be missing.

    This watch is a cold display of power. More statue than celebration, as its own laurel wreath engravings suggest.

    If I were privileged enough (and I am a long, long way off) to walk up to the winder and choose between this and the lowliest MB&F, De Bethune, or Urwerk, I would leave this at home every time. Because those watches make me smile and ask to be worn; this Patek asks to be nodded at appreciatively, then sealed back up in the vault.

  • Regardless of how well made it is and how many perfectly working complications are inside, it is absolutely hideous.

  • PhilR No need to take it off a winder. This is a manual wind watch. Sure they could have made it an automatic (using a peripheral rotor like Carl F Bucherer or Breguet) but just imagine how much more it would have cost then! They had to keep the cost down somehow after all.


    They should have made just a single unit to donate to the biannual One Watch Auction.

  • MVM006

    Great Watch.  They missed the chronograph, and the chronograph repeater.

  • tql
  • iamcalledryan

    Grandmaster Chime is actually a swiss pioneering hip hop dj.
    it’s not for most people’s taste, wrist, or wallet, but by jove that is a mighty complicated anniversary watch – actually get a sense of a little bit of over-excitement in that usually reserved corner of the world – bravo!

  • bdekok

    PhilR I agree with many of your points.  It is a wondrous thing, yet quite a bit garish.  If I had a few billion, I’d definitely buy it for my collection, yet I can’t think of an occasion where I’d wear it.  So why would I buy it, I ask myself?  The collectors flawed mentality I guess.

  • PhilR

    MarkCarson Oh, but I would. If I’m taking delivery of this Patek, you best believe I also have a bespoke Buben & Zorweg on order with both self and manual wind winding units 😉 Spared, no expense

  • PhilR

    bdekok “Garish” is a good descriptor. So would be “ostentatious” or “oligarch-ish.” And no doubt it’s a fine investment piece. I think I’m just disappointed to see the very best of the technical art married to such compromised aesthetics.

  • PhilR bdekok As  pointed out, these will mostly be vault queens and kept pristine for investment purposes. For heavens sake, don’t wind or wear them! The chances for something to  go wrong only increase!

  • bdekok

    PhilR You and I may find the design not to our tastes, but I guess PP went this direction specifically to address the tastes of the clientele that can afford this and would highly desire it.  Hint, they’re not western.

  • 5803822

    tql Thank you – every watch afficianado should take a long look at this one.

  • 5803822

    Surely the chimes cannot surpass the wonder of the Gerald Genta Metasonic – and available at half the price.!!

  • spencerhastings22

    Great looking complication, now if only they could put it in a case that doesn’t look so feminine.

  • iamcalledryan

    bdekok PhilR They’re not human either, with those dimensions…

    I don’t think a 175 yr anniversary watch needs an identified occasion or functional use for that matter. It really is a very complicated statue for the wrist as someone else pointed out. I don’t think it is a bad thing either. These, like concept watches, are the few occasions that a manufacturer can forget about function, even form, in the pursuit of some sort of celebration, homage, artistic expression. Someone said this was a joyless watch – but I disagree – I see the grins of engravers, movement makers, and the people who work at PP in this watch – not because of the sales price but because it is exactly the type of beast that a company should create if it can survive 175 yrs. 

    And pretty sure it will only be worn in the secure meeting room of a secure storage facility, over a glass of champagne.

  • iamcalledryan

    MarkCarson OK this is a serious tangent now but – I thought that the Sunday was the 7th day – when everything was created and God had a well deserved nap??

  • iamcalledryan

    They also have a range of more “regular” ltd editions of models for the anniversary

  • iamcalledryan Nope – Sunday as in the day the sun was created (first day) according to that book. Sabbath is the 7th day (and of rest). Jewish and Muslim weeks have it right by this measure. Christians celebrate  on Sunday because of Easter (resurrection). So you could say the Christians don’t obey the 4th commandment, ha ha (and all this coming from an atheist).

  • SantiagoT

    One day we will talk about who (and why on Earth) is behind the design of such things as the cage of the Sky Moon Tourbillon and this Grandmaster Chime, I know if you are going to celebrate real big mirror-polished lugs are not enough but I mean this… people of the world!

  • SantiagoT

    MarkCarson iamcalledryan Not to get into deep stuff, but as I remember it the show went like this: 

    And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    It doesn’t say “And God called it Sunday because it is so bloody easier to write than Wednesday” or something like that.

    The fact that in English it is called “the day of the Sun” doesn’t mean it is so everywhere: in Romanic languages -such as Spanish or French- the word derives from Latin “dominicus (dies)”, the day of the Lord. So in actual fact it is the begining of the liturgical week, but the 7th day of the week. 

    Not only that, the international ISO standard 8601 -which deals with 8601 “Data elements and interchange formats — Information interchange — Representation of dates and times” establishes Monday as the first day of the week and Sunday as the 7th.

  • iamcalledryan

    SantiagoT MarkCarson iamcalledryan I have to say I agree with Santiago. Monday is the MoonDay, Saturday, Saturn – the naming convention is astrological, not biblical. And I thought the Sabbath WAS Sunday? I’m not Jewish, can you tell?

  • Ivan1998

    5803822  Great compares and your right. But it a PP the names sells itself. Ivan1998

  • Ivan1998

    BIGCHRONO  It will never happen it will water down the Brand.

  • iamcalledryan SantiagoT MarkCarson The naming of days is a mixture with Tuesday – Friday coming from Norse/Germantic gods. 
    The ISO standard (which really has no bearing on watches)  says: weekday number, from 1 through 7, beginning with Monday and ending with Sunday.
    As a software engineer this means Sunday = 0 and Saturday = 6 as most computer languages use 0 indexed arrays and counts. But that is also not very relevant to watch  dials either. 
    Regarding dominicus (Christian day of worship):
    Regarding Sunday: (check out the Etymology section)
    Why am  I posting any this? Cheers.

  • Ivan1998 Patek does participate in Only Watch:
    In fact that piece is in Ariel’s new book “The World’s Most  Expensive Watches” and shows its auction price.

  • iamcalledryan

    lol – ok I think Patek missed an opportunity here. They could have dropped half these complications and created a two-faced perpetual calendar, one face for a Christian/European/working week, the other for a Jewish/American/Islamic working week.

  • After reading the review of the Hamilton Pan Europ with its colorful NATO strap, I had to wonder what an oligarch would wear on those hot summer days or when hiking about on his vast private estate. Then it hit me!

  • spencerhastings22 I agree and perhaps the engraving and overall style would make a nice looking ladies PP in a smaller size (and with maybe only 18 or so complications due to size considerations).

  • SantiagoT

    MarkCarson Haha I totally see that.

    Let me tell you this anecdote: the other day I was at the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique to film the Geophysic 1958 (amazing watch btw), and the guy there was telling me how two days before he had one African gentleman  who wanted a watch that costs around 1.something million Euros (can’t remember which one now), But alas they hadn’t it available at the boutique at that precise moment and the guy couldn’t wait because he had to go back to his country.

    So the JLC chap offered him a Spherotourbillon -€ 242.000- but the guy rejected it. “Too cheap”, he said. Isn’t that pure love for high horlogery if you ever saw one?

  • SantiagoT MarkCarson Too funny. I’d be happy to accept his rejects.

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  • Ulysses31

    I think it’s ugly.  All the overly-ornate decoration looks like it belongs on a pie crust.

  • Ulysses31 I have no idea what you are talking about – a PieTech Phillipe perhaps?

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