Complementary Complications: Patek Philippe Ref. 5930G
Patek Philippe’s World Time Chronograph combines two of the most useful complications in the world of mechanical watches.
The archives of the Patek Philippe Museum are among the deepest and richest in the world, serving as an endless source of inspiration for their engineers and designers. In the 1940’s, Patek produced a unique version of their World Time watch with the addition of a chronograph function. Now housed within the Patek Philippe Museum, this historic timepiece with a rare combination of complications was the inspiration for the world’s thinnest World Time chronograph—the Reference 5930G. Combining a flyback chronograph with a function to display the time in 24 different time zones, this modern reinterpretation is an ideal timepiece for the international traveler.
This unique combination of complications required Patek Philippe to develop a new mechanical caliber, the CH 28-520 HU. The artful blend of functions retains the emblematic characteristics of each—the simplicity and clarity of the World Time display, and the smoothness and technical precision of the chronograph. The minimal-friction clutch in the Ref. 5930G offers the ability to run the center chronograph hand continuously, doubling it as a seconds hand.
While the 18K white gold case features some classically vintage touches like winglet-style lugs and a guilloche dial, the Ref. 5930G remains a modern watch with contemporary and elegant proportions. With its rare combination of functions, the primary challenge in its development was keeping the watch itself slim and comfortable. Patek Philippe achieved this and created a harmonious blend of style and technology paired with the quiet presence of excellence that connoisseurs expect from Patek Philippe.