REVIEW: PATEK PHILIPPE WORLD TIME REF. 5131/1P-001

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As one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers in the world, Patek Philippe has, over the years, brought us many horological icons. If you are acquainted with the history of the luxury steel sports watch, most notably ones designed by the legendary Gerald Genta; the dress perpetual calendar chronograph; and of course, the world timer, then you are likely to be acquainted with the illustrious Geneva-based manufacturer as well. Out of all these distinguished icons, the world timer is perhaps the most poetic and romantic. With the help of a talented watchmaker, Louis Cottier, Patek Philippe managed to produce the world’s first world time wristwatch in 1937. Fast forward 80 years, the world time watch remains one of the most integral pieces of the modern Patek Philippe collection. This year, Patek Philippe has given one of its most coveted world time references, the Ref. 5131, an opulent makeover. For the first time, the Ref. 5131 is available in platinum – with a platinum bracelet no less. Here, we bring you the details of the new Patek Philippe Ref. 5131/1P-001 and our thoughts on how it compares to its contemporaries.

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