Given my new insights on these pages about the general parts of extraordinariness and complication in driving the estimation of a watch (see The Value Of Rarity: Christie’s Auctions A Black-Dialed A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 In Stainless Steel ), it appears to be fitting to devote this “Behind the Lens” section to a piece that is both complicated and restricted underway: Patek Philippe’s Reference 5950A .
What’s so extraordinary about this watch? Indeed, above all else it’s a split-seconds chronograph, and a monopusher at that, implying that the beginning stop-reset elements of the principle chronograph are controlled through a solitary pusher that for this situation is concentric with the winding crown.
On top of that, its Caliber CHR 27-525 PS development is the world’s most slender monopusher split-seconds at just 5.25 mm in thickness.
And the good to beat all is that, in the same way as other of the most cherished vintage Patek Philippe dress watches, it is dressed in a hardened steel case.
As you would already be able to see from the photographs above, with its shape and plan components remembering filled inscriptions for the edges of its dial, this isn’t by and large a “Invisible girl” Patek Philippe, if without a doubt there is such a thing.
It is, in any case, immovably grounded in Patek Philippe custom as the pad formed case configuration harkens straightforwardly to some exemplary Patek Philippe watches from the late 1920s.
When it comes to the dial of this watch, as I would see it the nearer you improve it looks. In the exceptionally shadowed picture above, you can start to get a genuine sense for the great dimensionality of the dial, including the exotically bended applied hour numerals, furrowed subdials, and raised, polished printing.
There are additionally the engraved and filled embellishments toward the sides of the dial that drove me to name this watch the “Cattle rustler Bob” when I initially considered it to be the style struck me more as Wild West than Belle Époque.
In numerous ways, that scrollwork is by all accounts the represent the deciding moment part of the plan among gatherers, with a portion of my companions broadcasting the 5950 as a definitive Patek Philippe dial plan and others (yours really included) thinking that its somewhat particular for our tastes.
I have definitely no reservations, in any case, about the presence of the development. Except for a couple of splendidly cleaned highlights to get our eyes, for example, the covers on the segment wheels, Patek Philippe decided to utilize a genuinely stifled arrangement of brushed completions and a dull apparent range for this movement.
For me the whole thing simply overflows class.
The uproar of springs, switches, extensions, and wheels expected to cause this watch to do its chronographic enchantment would, as far as I might be concerned, be a lot to take had Patek Philippe utilized a flashier way to deal with completing; joyfully, the way that the brand’s picked completes get the light the two welcomes us to wait over a portion of the rich bends and hand-completed inside points and gives a feeling of genuine profundity to what exactly is, all things considered, a super slight chronograph movement.
Photographing Reference 5950
At first look, you may feel that this would be a basic watch for the photographic artist to catch, yet as a general rule it presents some critical challenges.
By playing around a piece with watch arrangement and camera point, it’s genuinely simple to give a better than average of the state of the case and the unobtrusive bends of its indispensable plan; for example, as you’re looking at the photograph over it’s not difficult to see how the hauls stream naturally from the bezel and case band.
The issue component for the photographic artist with this watch is the dial. While in many photographs and renderings the dial seems, by all accounts, to be either plain white or silver, and Patek Philippe alludes to it as “shimmering grained, all things considered, it’s a greater amount of an ivory shading that is hard to catch accurately.
The “grained” part is unquestionably evident, however, and that is the place where the fun truly starts as under light tent conditions the grained surface goes about as though it is comprised of a great many small crystals, each planned to refract light to lose undesirable fuchsia and cyan highlights.
In expansion, the sporadic dial surface mellow the shadows tossed by components, for example, the raised numerals enough that stacking programming, intended to locate the most keen pixels in every one of various “stacked” pictures to remove an unmistakable single photograph, gets befuddled much of the time. The subsequent picture shows diffuse concealed masses instead of fresh shadows. What’s more, the shallower the point of view, the more articulated these impacts become.
Salvation for the modest novice photographic artist is in store on the development side; it appears to be practically difficult to light it inadequately, the diverse surface completions catch and toss light strangely, and there’s bounty proceeding to keep the eye busy.
One of the most intriguing components of this watch isn’t even on the body of the actual piece, but instead on the tang clasp (strangely, produced using white gold), where we are welcomed with a repeat of the beautiful etchings that show up on the edges of the dial and the development spacer ring.
The same theme is additionally present on the edges of the strong steel second case back that accompanies the watch.
Ultimately, for me the basic analysis for any watch configuration is cognizance: do the entirety of the decisions appeared well and good together and is the outcome an amicable articulation as opposed to a bumping exhibition?
Even however the 5950 isn’t at the highest point of my own list of things to get, for me it finishes the cognizance assessment without a hitch, and I can completely comprehend why for some driving Patek Philippe gatherers this piece is their top “object of desire.”
For more data (albeit on the red gold model), if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.patek.com/en/mens-watches/excellent complications/5950R-001.
Quick Facts Patek Philippe Ref. 5950A-001 Split-Seconds Chronograph
Case: tempered steel, 37 x 44.6 mm
Dial: shiny grained dial, applied Breguet numerals, engraved scrollwork
Development: physically twisted Caliber CHR 27-525 PS; 21,600 vph (3Hz) recurrence, power save 48 hours with chronograph separated
Capacities: hours, minutes, auxiliary running seconds; 60-minute monopusher chronograph with rattrapante (split-seconds work)
Value: last unique retail cost 441,600 Swiss francs; latest (2014-15) sell off costs $293,000 – $347,000
Creation years 5950A-001 in hardened steel: 2010-2015
* This article was first distributed on June 25, 2016 at Behind The Lens: Patek Philippe Ref. 5950A-001 Split-Seconds Chronograph .
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