An evolution of the original men’s Patek Philippe Annual Calendar watch, Ref. 5146 was released in 2005 to fulfill the growing demand for slightly larger watches. This reference replaced Ref. 5035, the 37mm model first introduced in 1996.
Its 39 mm case gives it a stronger presence with a balanced and contemporary face. The larger scale provides more space for the added functions and assures better readability of the dials – the day-of-week display between 9 and 10 o’clock, month display between 2 and 3 o’clock, power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, and date aperture at 6o’clock crowned by the crescent-shaped moonphase window.
A sapphire-crystal case back reveals the Patek Philippe caliber 315 movement which consists of 355 parts and was developed, crafted and assembled to the strict standards of the Geneva Seal.
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5146 is available in 18K yellow and white gold and versions. Both variants offer two dial designs for four distinct looks.
The elegant cream dial has a rich intensity. The lacquering, firing, and polishing processes alone require 12 separate steps. The recessed subsidiary dials with their circular guilloche patterns enhance the sense of depth while the sunburst slate dial creates a subtle play of light.
The hours are indicated with three Arabic numerals and applied indexes as well as luminescent, gold feuille (leaf-shaped) hands.
The brown, hand-stitched alligator strap is fitted with an innovative 18K yellow or white fold-over clasp that resembles the traditional Patek Philippe pin buckle.
About Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Watches
Launched in 1996, the Annual Calendar – an exclusive Patek Philippe patent – was the first wristwatch to automatically display the month, day of the week, and date regardless of the length of the month (30 or 31 days). The watch requires correcting just once a year, at the end of February.
For this complication, Patek Philippe’s engineers had invented a totally new design for the movement to essentially eliminate the need for levers and use wheels and pinions instead.
Not surprisingly, the Annual Calendar movement with the moon-phase display consists of 330 parts while other Patek Philippe watches with perpetual calendars and moon-phase displays comprise 275. All calendar displays can be quickly and conveniently adjusted via correctors on the side of the case.
An enormously successful timepiece, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5035 Annual Calendar was rated “Watch of the Year 1996” soon after its debut. The power-reserve indicator, another useful complication, was added in 1998.
Along with its poetic merits, the moon-phase mechanism was lauded for its high precision as it deviates from the true lunar cycle by only one day in 122 years. The tonneau-shaped Gondolo Calendario, introduced in 2004, has an enhanced version of the Annual Calendar mechanism. Launched in 2005, Ref. 5146 is the replacement of Ref. 5035.
Model: Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5146 J/G
Caliber 315 S IRM QA LU
Self-winding mechanical movement, Annual Calendar, moon phase, power-reserve indicator and sweep seconds
Diameter: 30 mm
Height: 5.22 mm
Number of parts: 355
Number of jewels: 36
Power reserve: Min. 38 hours, max. 48 hours
Rotor: 21K gold central rotor, unidirectional winding
Frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
Balance spring: Flat
– Pulled out: to set time
– Pushed in: to wind watch
Hours, minutes, sweep seconds, power-reserve indicator
– Days between 9 and 10 o’clock, months between 2 and 3 o’clock
– Moon phase at 6 o’clock
– Date at 6 o’clock
– At 10 o’clock: day-of-week correction
– At 2 o’clock: month correction
– At 4 o’clock: date and month correction
– At 8 o’clock: moon-phase correction
18K yellow or white gold
Screwed sapphire-crystal case back and water resistant crown
Water resistant to 25 meters
Diameter: 39 mm
Thickness: 11.20 mm
Width between lugs: 20 mm
Lacquered cream or Sunburst slate gray
Three Arabic numerals at 9, 12 and 3 o’clock
Applied baton-style index in 18K yellow or white gold
Railway-track minute scale featuring pearl-drop hour markers with luminescent coating (Superluminova)
Feuille (leaf-shaped) hands in 18K yellow or white gold with luminescent coating (Superluminova)
Subsidiary dials: recessed, circular guilloche pattern and frosted feuille(leaf-shaped) hands in 18K yellow or white gold
Hand-stitched brown alligator, with fold-over clasp in 18K yellow or white gold