Elevated to cult status by seasoned travelers and collectors of extraordinary mechanical watches, the Patek Philippe World Time features two rotating discs that simultaneously and continuously display the time in all 24 time zones. The ingenious complication, in the 1930s, took a new step forward in terms of functionality in 2000. A unique mechanism now enables it’s owner, when changing time zones, to correct all the displays collectively by a single pressure on a push button, without this affecting the rate of the accuracy of the movement by even a second. This patented system is exclusive to Patek Philippe’s World Time watches. The Reference 4130 combines an elegant round case in the Calatrava style with a dial that is inspired by the dials of the first world Time watches, but is subtly reinterpreted. It’s center is adorned with a guilloched sunburst pattern. The ring shaped hour hand is also reminiscent of Patek Philippe’s original World Time models and is reserved exclusively for this type of timepiece. The case diameter of the Reference 5130 is a contemporary 39.5 mm. The Patek Philippe Reference 5130 comes on alligator strap with a fold over clasp.
Wanderlust begins from the first glance at the dial of the magnificent Reference 5131, whose city ring rotates around a colorful map in cloisonne enamel. The timepiece in yellow or white gold with it’s bezel engraved with the words “Patek Philippe” and “Geneve”, perpetuates a rare artistic tradition in keeping with the history of the Patek Philippe world time watch originally introduced in 1930s-1940s. The precious, handcrafted dial, created individually using a centuries old technique, is reserved for timepieces produced in a limited series. It transforms each watch into a unique work of art. The version in yellow gold shows a map of Europe and the Americas, while the model in white gold, introduced in 2009, depicts Europe and Asia. The Patek Philippe world Time Reference 5131 comes with a fold over clasp and a sapphire exhibition back allowing it’s owner to view it’s mechanical movement.
The Patek Philippe 5131 is made in limited numbers and is sure to be highly sought after by collectors the world wide.
Not to be overlooked, the World Time self-winding caliber 240 HU is a work of art. Superbly simple,the setting mechanism is based on an ingenious coupling system for which Patek Philippe filled Patent number CH 693 191 in 2000. A single button simultaneously advances the city disc and the hour hand for local time, without disturbing the rate accuracy of the movement by even a second.
Harold Freeman Jewelers is a Patek Philippe Authorized Dealer . If you would like to know more about the Patek Philippe World Time, please stop by our shop or give us a call at 866-240-7366. One of our expert associates will be happy to answer any questions you might have.