The Complications of Patek Philippe

In this two-part series by WatchBox Studios, join Brian Govberg as he explores the exceptional watches of legendary watchmaker Patek Philippe. In this first part, Brian breaks down the first five watches, including both current and retired classics from the Patek collection. He discusses notable timepieces such as the limited edition Calatrava “Geneva Boutique Rue du Rhone,” the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph with its shortest production run, the Aquanaut Travel Time with a unique second time zone feature, the Annual Calendar with Regulator Style Display, and the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar in white gold, the first grand complication in the Nautilus collection. Brian’s expertise and passion for Patek Philippe make this an informative and exciting watch exploration.

Welcome to 10 and 10 with Brian Govberg, where we delve into the world of one of the most prestigious watch brands, Patek Philippe. In this two-part series, we’ll be focusing on the first five watches from Patek’s collection. Prepare to be captivated by the history, craftsmanship, and innovative features of these remarkable timepieces. From limited editions to iconic models, this article provides an in-depth look into the complications and intricacies that make Patek Philippe watches truly exceptional. Stay tuned for the next part where we’ll continue our journey through the world of Patek Philippe.

The Complications of Patek Philippe

The Complications of Patek Philippe

Introduction to Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe is a legendary Genevan house of horology, known for their exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite timepieces. This two-part series will explore 10 watches from Patek Philippe, both current and retired classics. These watches showcase the brand’s commitment to innovation, precision, and timeless design.

Overview of the 10 watches discussed

In this article, we will discuss five of the 10 exceptional watches from Patek Philippe. These watches include the Calatrava “Geneva Boutique Rue du Rhone” Limited Edition, Ref. 5565; the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 5970; the Aquanaut Travel Time, Ref. 5164A-001; the Annual Calendar with Regulator Style Display, Ref. 5235G; and the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar in white gold, Ref. 5740G/1G. Each watch represents the brand’s commitment to complication and excellence in watchmaking.

Watch 1: Calatrava “Geneva Boutique Rue du Rhone” Limited Edition, Ref. 5565

  • The Calatrava “Geneva Boutique Rue du Rhone” Limited Edition, Ref. 5565 was launched in 2006 to commemorate the reopening of Patek Philippe’s boutique on Rue du Rhone in Geneva.
  • This limited edition watch features a stainless steel case with a modern aesthetic influenced by the vintage reference 565.
  • The case back is engraved with significant dates in the history of Patek Philippe.
  • With only 300 pieces produced, this watch holds significance and collectibility for Patek Philippe enthusiasts.

Watch 2: Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 5970

  • The Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 5970, launched in 2004 and ended production in 2011.
  • It holds the record for the shortest production run for a serially produced Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph.
  • Powered by the Lamania 2310 base caliber and CH27-70Q, this watch offers exceptional precision and functionality.
  • Notable features of the Ref. 5970 include square pushers, apertures for day, month, date, and moon phase, and a 24-hour scale within the chronograph sub-dial.
  • The reference 5970 is considered one of the finest modern Patek Philippe watches, with rarity and desirability among collectors.

Watch 3: Aquanaut Travel Time, Ref. 5164A-001

  • The Aquanaut Travel Time, Ref. 5164A-001, introduced in 2011, represents the first complication in the Aquanaut family.
  • It features a second-time zone presented by a hollow hour hand and two apertures to indicate local or home time with day-night indication.
  • The unique design and functionality make it one of the easiest dual time zone watches to use.
  • The hollow hour hand sitting behind the main hand adds to the legibility and aesthetic appeal of this timepiece.

Watch 4: Annual Calendar with Regulator Style Display, Ref. 5235G

  • The Annual Calendar with Regulator Style Display, Ref. 5235G, introduced in 2011, showcases a unique annual calendar complication.
  • The asymmetric apertures at the top of the dial display the day and month, while the hour sub-dial is positioned at 12 o’clock.
  • Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe, has expressed his fondness for this model, making it a standout in their collection.
  • The deeply engraved and unfilled Patek Philippe logo on the dial adds to the distinctiveness of this watch.

Watch 5: Nautilus Perpetual Calendar in white gold, Ref. 5740G/1G

  • The Nautilus Perpetual Calendar in white gold, Ref. 5740G/1G, introduced in 2018, is the first grand complication in the Nautilus collection.
  • Powered by the caliber 240Q and wound via a recessed micro-rotor, this watch features three sub-dials to indicate the moon phase, day-date, month, leap year, and day or night.
  • The precision of the moon phase display deviating only one day every 122 years adds to the exceptional craftsmanship of this timepiece.
  • With its white gold case and warm tones, the Ref. 5740G/1G stands out as one of the best Nautilus watches on a bracelet.


In conclusion, the 10 watches from Patek Philippe discussed in this two-part series represent the brand’s dedication to complications and excellence in watchmaking. From limited editions to perpetual calendars and grand complications, each timepiece showcases the craftsmanship, precision, and timeless design that Patek Philippe is renowned for. Whether you are a Patek Philippe enthusiast or a watch lover in general, these watches are a testament to the artistry and complexities of horology.