Patek Philippe reaffirms its mastery of time music
Patek Philippe fake launched its first watch, recreating the noble style with the purest performance and regaining the mastery of time music
This Geneva-made watch meets the expectations of many connoisseurs, collectors and enthusiasts. Its watch collection is rich and rich, with coveted and extremely refined sound functions: large clocks, automatic ringing for all hours and four A fraction of an hour. This kind of complicated function is extremely rare in a watch, and is equipped with a petite Sonnerie (will not pass a quarter of an hour), a minute repeater (can be activated on demand) and a patented auxiliary jumping seconds. referee. The 6301P Grande Sonnerie has a new movement with 703 parts, a platinum case, and a black dial with grand feu enamel. It will perfectly show the Patek Philippe Minute Repeater series.
The sound indication of time comes directly from the origin of mechanical timekeeping. In the 14th century, the clocks and watches all over European cities had neither dials nor hands. Instead, they used automatic percussion instruments for the entire hour. The first portable barrel timepieces of the 15th century were often equipped with automatic winding devices. This also applies to the first 16th century pocket watches. In the late 17th century, the first mechanism to break into on-demand time appeared, initially a quarter repeater, followed by a minute repeater at the beginning of the next century. In Geneva in the 18th century, the rules of the watchmaking guild required all craftsmen who wanted to become master watchmakers to demonstrate their skills by making quarter repeaters. This shows that the sound instructions for mastering time are regarded as successful evidence of the expertise of high-level watchmaking.
Patek Philippe’s core competitiveness
Patek Philippe is completely rooted in Geneva’s watchmaking tradition and has produced eye-catching watches from the very beginning. In September 1839, four months after the company was founded, the factory introduced the first timepiece of its kind in its diary, namely a pocket watch with a repeater. In 1850, a pocket watch entry with an ensemble carol appeared in the same journal. In the catalogue of the “large exhibition” in London (the First World Exposition) in 1851, it was mentioned that “repeaters” and “watches with automatic striking devices” were characteristics of Patek Philippe. Then in 1860, Patek Philippe replica introduced the first pocket watch with a minute repeater, and then in the 19th century, it introduced a quarter repeater, five minute repeater and minute repeater.
With its amazing timepieces, Patek Philippe established itself as a leader in the art of watchmaking at the beginning of the 20th century, especially in its most exquisite and coveted form of expression-Ode. The famous “Duc de Regla” pocket watch was sold to the Mexican nobleman Duke Regla in 1910. Today, it can be admired in the Patek Philippe Museum. It combines ensemble and compact sounds, as well as a minute repeater device. Its feature is Westminster strike, which reproduces the melody of the five-tone gong on the Big Ben clock tower. 13 types of complex timepieces made for American car manufacturer James Ward Packard between 1910 and 1927, including the first Patek Philippe pocket watch with minute repeaters and astronomical watch (in 1927 Delivery), and accented watches, including Westminster clock on four gongs (1920). The famous “Graves” pocket watch was delivered to New York’s wealthy banker and collector Henry Graves Yuri in 1933, and it remained the most complicated portable timepiece in the world until 1989. Its 24 complications include the acoustic function of 5 gongs: ensemble per minute and a small sonata. A repeater with Westminster clock and an alarm. At the same time, the manufacturer pursued the miniaturization of the repeater mechanism into the form of a watch, and in 1916 introduced the first time-featured watch-a five-minute repeater, a case and a platinum bracelet for ladies’ wrists.
The Revival of Minute Repeater
In 1989, Patek Philippe celebrated its 150th anniversary and launched Calibre 89, which will become the most complex portable mechanical timepiece in the world in 25 years. The 33 complications of this masterpiece of watchmaking craftsmanship include the Grand/Minor Sonata and the minute repeater of the four clocks. In order to pay tribute to the revival of mechanical watches, Patek Philippe also paid tribute to repeated watches. The R 27 movement is the first minute repeater movement entirely developed and produced in-house. It made a sound in two commemorative watches. Former manufacturing president Philippe Stern was the first to remove the frenzied recoil anchor and optimized the striking function with the centrifugal governor invented in the late 19th century. Patek Philippe centrifugal governor in 1989 in the 89 movement and two commemorative watches Ref. Debut. 3979 and 3974-equipped with R 27 movement.
The power has been set. In the past few years, the minute repeater will enjoy priority in Patek Philippe’s series. Nowadays, they have more than a dozen models, which constitute the widest selection of minute repeater watches produced regularly, whether it is a pure minute repeater model or other complications (tourbillon, perpetual calendar, chronograph, world time, etc.) .
Since 1989 marked the rebirth of the Patek Philippe chronograph, the acoustic challenge has also taken a prominent place in the other two outstanding timepieces. The double-sided Star Calibre 2000 pocket watch (21 complication) was born to welcome the new millennium. For the first time, in its size, it completely and correctly accommodated the Westminster strike and five gongs, which acted as the original melody of the tower clock of the Houses of Parliament in London. It makes the minute repeater and carol rendition a refreshing feast. In turn, the Sky Moon Tourbillon, launched in 2001, was the first double-sided watch made by Patek Philippe. It has 12 complex functions, including a moving celestial map and a minute repeater with a cathedral gong.
Master of Bells
2014 coincided with the company’s 175th anniversary, and Patek Philippe made a further leap in the field of acoustic complications. This is Ref. 5175 Grandmaster Chime, double-sided watch. It is made with seven examples and incorporates 20 complications, including magnificent and petite carols, a minute repeater, an instantaneous perpetual calendar with a four-digit year display, and two patented world premieres: the preselected alarm time Sound alarm and a date repeater that sounds the current date. Patek Philippe’s first watch with excellent temperament is also the manufacturer’s most complicated watch, namely Ref. The 6300 became part of the regular series in 2016. The 2014 anniversary also provided an opportunity for Patek Philippe to further commemorate the watch with a limited edition to show its ability in watchmaking. This is for reference. The 5275 Chiming Jump Hour has a beating display of hours, minutes and seconds, as well as an automatic warning of the top clock every hour.
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Patek Philippe uses this power to create a masterpiece Ref with its miniaturization and perfect acoustics. Enriched its regular series. 6301P Grande Sonnerie. This complication is the manufacturer’s first watch, presenting in its purest form the haute horology as the epitome of horological complications, and is equipped with a compact clock and a minute repeater. The long-awaited event for watch enthusiasts.
In order to realize the envisaged ensemble sonata, Patek Philippe developed a new movement as a by-product of the watch master 300 movement. In view of its 703 parts, the GS 36-750 PS IRM movement is very compact and can be used in such a complex mechanism (diameter: 37 mm; height: 7.5 mm). For engineers in large oil refineries, one of the biggest difficulties traditionally is to master energy flow and power reserves. Unlike the minute repeater, which must be triggered on-demand by actuating a slider or a fader, a large trio needs to have enough reserve power to automatically produce the required percussion sound with uniform sound quality.
To meet this challenge, Patek Philippe gave the GS 36-750 PS IRM movement two twin barrels in series, one for starting the train and the other for the clockwork. This configuration provides a 72-hour power reserve for the movement and a 24-hour power reserve for strikes. In line with Patek Philippe’s customer-centric creative concept, the movement has a three-day power reserve that is expected for modern watches worn every day. The strike’s 24-hour power reserve allows the watch to play a full hour and a quarter of an hour throughout the day, thanks to the uniform torque characteristics that ensure the best sound intensity. The two double barrels of the winding barrel are tightened by the crown, and rotated clockwise to wind the traveling train, and counterclockwise to wind the upper winding. The four mainsprings are equipped with non-slip bri belts to avoid excessive tension.
Strike with three gongs
In terms of combat, Patek Philippe chose three classic gongs-low, medium and high. This technical option requires more energy than a system with two gongs. This also complicates the watchmaker’s work when adjusting each gong, until all three have created the legendary “Patek Philippe Sound” that connoisseurs dream of. Although the three gongs attached to the movement are hovering in a compact space, they must not touch each other, nor the case or other parts of the movement. Three hammers of the same size and quality ensure that all three pitches are uniform. Choosing platinum as the case material also brought challenges because it is difficult to master the sound and requires Patek Philippe’s proprietary technology to pass on the manufacturing process to the next generation.
These hours are percussion on the bass gong, and the quarter hour is a three-stroke high-low-midrange percussion. The melody of the first quarter of an hour (15 minutes) is played once, the melody of the second quarter of an hour (30 minutes) is played twice, and the melody of the third quarter of an hour (45 minutes) is played three times. Each quarter-hour sequence will automatically add the quarter-hour number after the elapsed number of hours. Thanks to the energy stored in the double barrel of the strike, this resulted in a total of 1,056 strikes in 24 hours. The owner can also choose a petite sonata in strike mode; it can reach a full hour, but it saves time for repetition when it reaches a quarter of an hour. In silent mode, the automatic timing function will be completely turned off.
The selection of the hitting mode is performed by a sliding switch in the strap at 6 o’clock. The low vocal mode is on the left, the loud vocal mode is in the middle, and the mute is on the right. This special feature is the subject of a patent developed by Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, which describes a mechanism that can select and activate the strike mode with a single slide switch. Previously, two switches were required to perform these steps. Another patent also developed for Grandmaster Chime allows the Grande Sonnerie to be completely isolated in silent mode, thereby eliminating power consumption. Upon request, the minute repeater can be triggered by pressing the button on the crown at three o’clock. In response, it emits low-key hours, three-percussion quarter notes (such as the ensemble sonata pattern), and in the case of higher pitches, the minutes since the last quarter of an hour. Even if the slideshow is set to silent mode, the minute repeater can be triggered at any time.
Patent jump seconds
When they reworked the 300 movement of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, the engineers and designers of the factory added a small jumping seconds display, which has never had a huge sonata. Inspired by the four patents of the 175th anniversary model. 5275 Chiming Jump Hour, they gave a new Ref. 6301P has an innovative jumping second mechanism. Its system no longer relies on jumping springs as usual, but has wheels and release levers, which instantly unlock the gear train every second, making energy consumption easier to adjust and control. Therefore, the new Ref. The 6301P watch presents a novel face, with its secondary hand at 6 o’clock. In the blink of an eye, it jumped from one second to the next along the minute scale of the railroad track, recalling the regulator clock used by the old watchmaking studio to adjust the time. New Ref. The 6301P also benefits from all the experience and the latest insights of the commemorative watch designed and produced on the occasion of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary.
Extremely refined movement architecture
The new GS 36-750 PS IRM movement-which can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back-meets all the strict requirements of the Patek Philippe seal. This applies to technical parameters (rate accuracy, reliability) and the sophistication and attractiveness of individual components. Once again, this clarifies the fact that at Patek Philippe, the complexity of the movement will never reduce its beauty and elegance, and like the case and dial, it must undergo strict scrutiny by the president of manufacturing Thierry Stern. Pay special attention to the design of the sports bridge, especially the barrel bridge (a key element of the big winery) and the horizontal balance cock (balance bridge). Patek Philippe’s rare products can ensure a safe seat and a pleasant visual proportion. Connoisseurs will find many other aesthetic details, including many concave corners that are difficult to polish. The centrifugal governor used to adjust the timing speed is decorated with a beautifully smooth polished surface that can now be seen by the observer. This moving movement is equipped with a Gyromax® balance, Silinvar®’s Spiromax® balance spring, three gongs coiled around the movement and their respective hammers. The anti-reflective sapphire crystal frame on the back very close to the movement allows one to see the field of micromechanics at a glance. It can be replaced with the sturdy platinum back cover that comes with the watch.
Uniform: modern and elegant
New Ref. The 6301P Grande Sonnerie exquisitely stands out and is faithful to Patek Philippe’s key principle that large complications must also be pleasant in daily wear. Platinum case, inspired by Ref. The 5370 split-second chronograph, launched in 2015, exhibits subtlety and balance in curves and rounded outlines. The concave bezel can be perfectly transitioned from the slightly curved sapphire crystal glass and the side of the counterbore satin polished case. Like all Patek Philippe platinum cases, in this case, it is set with a small diamond at the 12 o’clock position, because the usual 6 o’clock position is occupied by a slide switch to select the tapping mode.
Patek Philippe made full use of its skills in craftsmanship and rare handicrafts, especially the black enamel dial decorated with “glacier” lacquer, precious applied (Breguet) numerals and leaf-shaped platinum hands. Baogue’s figures are slightly slanted, adding movement to the classic but modern face. The display of hours, minutes and auxiliary seconds at 6 o’clock is commensurate with the two power reserve indicators of the movement and timekeeping function at 3 and 9 o’clock, and has a semicircle engraved with MOUVEMENT and SONNERIE Shape scale. This watch is worn on a hand-stitched shiny black alligator leather strap with square scales and folding clasp.
The minute repeater watch that came out in 1989 came out, Patek Philippe has the opportunity to open the door for the return of the modern minute repeater. Following the speech of the 2014 anniversary watch master, the new Ref is now launched. As part of the regular collection, 6301P (although its complexity limits the production of a few pieces per year), it opens a new chapter and paves the way for new developments in the Grand Champagne market-in terms of aesthetics and appearance. It is very pleasant to hear, all connoisseurs and lovers who are passionate about time music.
6 complications of the new model. 6301P eldest son
- Sports power reserve index
- Power reserve indicators for strikes
- Jump seconds
• Isolate loud sounds in silent mode (patent CH 704 950 B1)
In silent mode, this mechanism completely isolates the accent from the power flow and eliminates energy consumption.
•Select the strike mode (patent CH 706 080 B1)
The mechanism can select the percussion mode (small sonata, ensemble sonata, mute) with a single joystick and a single slide switch. This operation previously required two slide switches.
•Bounce display with jumping seconds wheel (patent CH 707 181 A2)
This innovative mechanism for jumping display does not require springs and levers, but uses wheels and release levers, which unfasten the wheel train instantly every second, and have a coiled return spring as the only power element. The advantage of this system is that it makes energy consumption easier to adjust and control.
Patek Philippe Ref. 6301P Grande Sonnerie
Movement: Caliber GS 36-750 PS IRM. Manually wound mechanical movement.
Grande and petite sonnerie, minute repeater on 3 gongs. Jumping
seconds. Strikework mode indicator (petite sonnerie, grande sonnerie,
silence). Power-reserve indicators for movement and strikework.
Number of parts: 703
Number of jewels: 95
Movement power reserve: 72 hours
Strikework power reserve: 24 hours
Frequency: 25,200 semi-oscillations per hour (3.5 Hz)
Balance spring: Spiromax® (in Silinvar®)
Functions: Two-position crown:
• Pushed home: Winding the movement (clockwise), winding the
• Pulled out: To set the time
Displays: • Center hour and minute hands
• Jumping subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock
• Movement power reserve at 9 o’clock
• Strikework power reserve at 3 o’clock
Control elements: • Pusher in the crown at 3 o’clock triggers the minute repeater
• Side switch at 6 o’clock selects the strikework mode (petite sonnerie,
grande sonnerie, silence)
Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal