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Patek Philippe Men’s Gondolo Ref. 5124G
Life’s simple pleasures
Angus Davies reviews the Patek Philippe Men’s Gondolo Ref. 5124G, a watch with a beautiful rose coloured dial that bestows much eye-appeal.
I often write about grand complications. I visit watch events and become intoxicated by tourbillons, minute repeaters, enamelling, gem setting, the fusion of space age materials. It’s a heady mix, which appeals to all my senses and sensibilities.
At times it feels my horological daily diet consists of foie gras, caviar, oysters and Champagne. Clearly, nobody can sustain this lifestyle in perpetuity.
Sometimes, life’s simple pleasures provide respite from the decadence.
Do not misinterpret my remarks, I love haute horology. I spend many enjoyable hours staring at the amazing craftsmanship of the artisans I have grown to admire. However, sometimes delight can be found in the less complex. Simplicity affords its own reward.
Imagine a summer's day, an English rose, a fresh faced nymph, casually strolling through a mountain field. She dances through the long grass. It sways in the gentle breeze and caresses the hem of her simple dress. Sitting next to you and nestling on the honey coloured grass, you eat fresh made bread together. Perhaps you indulge your appetite with a little cheese and drink simple honest wine with a uncomplicated, quaffable flavour.
The conversation is relaxed and flows readily.
A moment to savour, a memory to retain. “Simple” and “pleasure” do not have to be mutually exclusive as this clearly illustrates.
A fresh faced rose
Admire the dial of this Patek Philippe watch and you do not see lots of sub-dials and hands but a beautiful rose coloured dial staring back at you.
The dial does not need heavy make up to seduce your eyes, it blushes gently. The purity of its complexion is not corrupted with the superfluous. Breguet numerals depicted in black, cleanly and succinctly convey the time.
The hands and chapter ring are simple, again black in colour. It is the considered inclusion of the chapter ring which aids the interpretation of time.
A beautiful highlight is the subsidiary seconds dial, featuring a guilloché pattern of concentric rings, with small indices marked on the circumference.
The shoulders of the case are highly polished white gold, stepped in design with the crown partially recessed and protected. The white gold is a noble metal yet quietly spoken. It does not need to self-promote. It is self-assured.
The design of the watch is art deco in style. Regular readers of ESCAPEMENT will know I have a particular fondness for this period. When I view this watch, I can imagine living in the 1920’s and sporting this lovely on my arm.
Look at the view from the side of the case and you can appreciate the cambered tonneau case born to rest snugly on the fortunate wrist.
An honest movement
I use the term “honest” to describe the way Patek Philippe does not cheat the wearer by using a round calibre in a tonneau case. They provide a calibre which perfectly mimics the shape of the case it is housed within.
The calibre can be admired through the sapphire case back. This is a view to be cherished. Côtes de Genève motif is presented in flawless form on the bridges. The reverse of the base plate features circular graining.
I talk of simplicity but even with the less complicated Patek Philippe calibres nothing is that simple. The finissage is beyond reproach with screw heads chamfered and polished by hand.
The compact dimensions of the calibre somehow accommodate 142 parts including 18 jewels and 7 bridges.
Patek Philippe attests to the craftsmanship in the manufacture of its timepieces by observing stringent controls and only when the watch has met them does it leave the manufacture bearing the Patek Seal.
The Patek Philippe Men’s Gondolo Ref. 5124G will not be selected because the buyer cannot afford more complex watches. They are likely to have those already in their collection.
The buyer of this watch, will select it for its matchless movement, its delightful design and the beautiful rose coloured dial which provides visual sustenance with every glance.
The epitome of elegance, an exemplar of haute horology it retains an unpretentious simplicity which imparts delight to its owner.
- Model: Patek Philippe Men’s Gondolo
- Reference: 5124G
- Case: 18-carat white gold; 33.40mm width x 43.00 mm height; sapphire crystal to both front and rear.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; subsidiary seconds.
- Calibre: Manual-wind; Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); power reserve 44 hours; 18 jewels; 142 parts.
- Calibre Reference: 25-21 REC PS
- Strap: Brown leather strap on pin buckle