Live. The 5235R is a fine example of how Patek Philippe continuously aims to innovate, pushing watchmaking forwards through ingenuity, technological advancement, and bold aesthetic styling. Combining an annual calendar and a regulator dial layout, it integrates useful functions displayed in a refined, clearly arranged manner and a wearable geometric case.
In 2011, @patekphilippe introduced the reference 5235 (exclusively available in white gold at first, until it was substituted for this rose gold variant in 2019), combining the annual calendar complication with a regulator dial layout. The annual calendar complication was invented by the manufacture in 1996, first made available in the reference 5035. It was developed to show relevant information about the day, whilst also providing a more accessible price point for such a complication when compared with the brand’s perpetual calendars.
The reference 5235 annual calendar mechanism only requires adjustment once a year in February, as it accounts for the long and short months throughout the year. The day, date and month are located within the three apertures displayed on top and bottom of the dial, which are all very legible. These are adjusted using the correctors on the left side of the case.
Furthermore, the 5235 builds upon the annual calendar complication by integrating a regulator-style layout, with the hours, minutes, and seconds broken out into three separate dials. Regulator clocks, developed in England in the early 18th century, introduced unprecedented accuracy over other types of clocks, as well as this new way of displaying the time. The minutes became the true protagonists of the dial with a large, central sweep hand, while the hours and seconds were usually relegated to smaller sub-dials.
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