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Introducing The Patek Philippe 6301P Grande Et Petite Sonnerie, With Jumping Seconds

The new ref. 6301P from Patek Philippe is a watch that came as somewhat of a shock to me. On the off chance that anybody had asked me, in an unguarded second, if Patek Philippe had at any point made a grande et unimposing sonnerie, reiteration minutes wristwatch previously, I would most likely have said “yes” without considering everything. Obviously, the company has unquestionably placed the complication in a wristwatch previously. Most eminently, there is one in the Grandmaster Chime supercomplication – a staggeringly complicated watch, delivered by Patek in 2014, which is such a gallery of striking complications, however which likewise introduced quite various advancements to the jargon of striking watches.

 

The 2014 Grandmaster Chime.

The Grandmaster Chime has two dials, 1,580 components, 20 unique complications (counting a date repeater), and from which, in its unique rendition, le customer should not anticipate change from their 2.5 million Swiss. It has been, since the time its presentation, slowly delivering profits in less complicated watches from Patek Philippe in somewhat the way that developments in F1 vehicles ultimately stream down into creation models (albeit the similarity is vague, inasmuch as the watches the advancements stream down into are not actually working class every day drivers themselves). One recipient of a portion of that imaginativeness is the watch which Patek Philippe has reported today. This is the ref. 6301, Grande Et Petite Sonnerie – the first wristwatch, truth be told, from Patek Philippe which is an independent fantastic and little strike watch, with minute repeater.

The grande et unimposing sonnerie is an amazingly uncommon complication in wristwatches, but on the other hand it’s an uncommon complication, period, because of its gigantic and almost recalcitrant complexity. The challenges associated with contracting the strike train for such a complication down into a size little enough for a wristwatch are adequately hard (to avoid even mentioning costly for the possible customer, which may have as much to do with its late appearance in horological history as its complexity) that it didn’t make a big appearance until 1992, for which we need to say thanks to Philippe Dufour. From that point forward, few companies have endeavored to make them and, similarly as with the repeater, the grande et unimposing sonnerie has opposed industrialization; they essentially require an excessive amount of hand-work and acclimation to be delivered on anything even distantly looking like a modern scale and appear prone to do as such for the predictable future.

The grande et modest sonnerie is, in watchmaking, typically combined with brief repeater complication too (hello, in for a dime, in for a great deal of dollars). The grande et modest sonnerie chimes en passant, or in passing – in full-strike mode, all in all, it will chime the hours at the top of the hour, just as the quarter hours. In little strike (petite sonnerie) mode, it will strike just the hours, and wristwatch repeaters by and large additionally have a “quiet” mode, in which the passing strikes don’t sound by any stretch of the imagination. The moment repeater complication, paradoxically, strikes “on-request” chiming the hours, quarter hours past the hour, and the minutes past the latest quarter-hour, whenever a slide or catch for the situation is squeezed. Back in 2013, HODINKEE got an opportunity to record on video what was, at that point, the entire collection of repeaters in Patek’s portfolio at an occasion in New York, and it stays (to me anyway) perhaps the most engaging bits of content we’ve ever produced.

The work selector; focused, the watch is in excellent strike mode. Pushing the slide to one side chooses little strike mode, and to one side, quiet mode.

Cosmetically, the new 6301P is somewhat of a re-visitation of structure for Patek; the company has been testing quite somewhat lately with plan (well, for Patek, anyway), yet the 6301P has minimal in the way of incidental ornamentation – dissimilar to the colorfully engraved unique adaptation of the Grandmaster Chime, for example, which to be straightforward I wouldn’t fret at all given the equally flowery complexity of the watch. Yet, on the other hand, to say that I’m not a customer for such a watch is to say nothing by any means (never say never, however). The measure of detail on the platinum case is limited, pretty much, to basics – there is a catch in the crown for the repeater, and a slide for the situation band for choosing the strike mode.

The 5370P rattrapante chronograph, from 2015.

There is a slight break for the situation edge flowing continuous from the drags, and across the case edge itself, which gives a touch of profundity to the procedures and helps outwardly help what may otherwise appear to be a somewhat gigantic plan – as does the inward bezel profile. In the event that the plan appears to be natural to devoted Patek aficionados, there’s an explanation – it’s quite suggestive of the 5370P split-seconds chronograph , with which the 6301P offers the platinum case, grand feu black veneer dial, Breguet-style Arabic numerals, chemin-de-fer minute track – just as the inward bezel and recessed, brush-cleaned case flanks (you can’t resist the urge to feel that the 5370P and 6301P would make quite a fine two-watch collection).

At 44.8mm x 12mm, this is a somewhat enormous width however not exorbitantly thick wristwatch, particularly given its complexity. The actual development is the new Patek type GS 36-750 PS IRM, which is itself 37mm x 7.5mm – however there is quite a great deal going on in those restricted living arrangements, about which more in a moment. The case has one other little detail, which is a jewel set in between the carries, as is standard nowadays for all Patek platinum-cased watches. I think ordinarily we would discover it at 6:00, obviously, that position is taken up with the capacity slide. The dial is quite something beautiful – dark grand feu enamel over a gold base, with long, sensitive, tightening leaf hands – which, shockingly, have lume on them.

This overwhelmed me without a doubt – all things considered, the whole purpose of chiming complications, generally, was to allow the owner to discover the time after dim (it is not difficult to fail to remember in this post-glowing day and age that before electric lights, after dull was really accursed dim). This is the sort of dynamic that may from the start evoke howls of shock from conservatives – lume on a chiming watch, what the hellfire? – but simultaneously, it bodes well, looking at this logically. All things considered, one may not really want to need to depend just on the chiming framework to tell the time in obscurity, or the strike train may have run down, or you should know the time without enacting the repeater when it’s, you know, in between 12:15 and 12:30, or something. To put it plainly, it is always ideal to have choices and, as the lume application is practically unnoticeable regardless (absolutely during the long periods of sunshine), it is not really an obstacle to getting a charge out of the feel of the watch. Why not have all the advanced conveniences?

On to the development. The type GS 36-750 PS IRM has a three-day power save for the going train, and a 24-hour power save in full strike mode. As is by and large the case for a great strike watch, there are isolated heart barrels for the strike works and for the going train (the crown winds the origin for the going train one way and the fountainhead for the strike origin; there are two fountainhead barrels for each train, for a sum of four). The development strikes on three gongs, tuned to a low, medium, and high note. In amazing strike mode, the hours are struck on the lowest-pitched gong, while the quarters are struck as a triple strike – in fantastic strike mode, the quantity of hours are likewise struck before the quarters, for each quarter strike (on the grounds that hello, who can recollect that the most recent hour strike was 3 a.m. when it’s 3:45 in the first part of the day?). In little strike mode, just the hours are struck. In fantastic strike mode, incidentally, you have an aggregate of 1,056 strikes in a 24-hour time span and, normally, they should all be precise. I clearly recollect a visit to a production line where an amazing strike watch was being assessed and being shown the self-evident – that to assess the capacity of an excellent strike watch, you need to tune in to each chime, each hour and each quarter, for an entire 24-hour time span, and if only one is off, off comes the caseback (I would envision, with some swearing).

The speed of the strike works is constrained by an outward quiet controller, and it, just as the gongs and sledges, is noticeable through the caseback. The real striking works are on the dial side and subsequently undetectable. It is absolutely reasonable that one would want to see that mechanism also, however there is such a lot of going on that to do so would deliver the watch practically messy, and regardless, I have always felt that while it’s ideal to see in the background a smidgen, we could all do with somewhat more secret throughout everyday life. On the off chance that you want considerably more secret, Patek gives a strong platinum caseback too. There are some advanced highlights to the development – a silicon (Spiromax) balance spring – however all things considered, what you see through the caseback is top-level customary Genevan development completing: adjusted anglage, polished flanks, velvety Geneva stripes, dark cleaned steel, reflect splendid subsets, the whole nine yards.

Several licenses from the Grandmaster Chime have advanced into the type GS 36-750 PS IRM too. One of them has to do with mechanically disconnecting the strike train from the going train – as a rule in a terrific strike watch, they remain mechanically connected even in quiet mode, however in the Grandmaster Chime, and now type GS 36-750 PS IRM, they are decoupled completely, decreasing power utilization and adding to the 72-hour power hold. The other is a patent for a solitary switch for choosing each of the three strike modes.

One last exceptionally irregular element is the seconds show. For this development, Patek Philippe has really utilized a moment bouncing seconds mechanism, otherwise called a miscreant seconds. (While I feel it’s somewhat touchy to stay away from the term – numerous brands allude to the complication with a doublespeak, incorporating Rolex with the Tru-Beat – I additionally sort of get it; let’s be honest, lowlife is certainly not a complimentary term in English.) This is an intriguing and strange choice – a complication that is misleadingly straightforward looking however genuinely complex to execute and which suits the cautious idea of the watch rather well. It makes me particularly want to get my hands on one on the grounds that, obviously, what you want to see is the strike starting at the exact moment the seconds hand bounces from 59 to 60 – I wager it does, however I would in any case very much want to see it all the same.

The ref. 5275P, from 2014, with bouncing hours, minutes, and seconds.

The bouncing seconds mechanism is driven off the development fourth wheel, and a few silicon components – utilized for this situation for the two its capacity to work without oil, and for its low mass, the two of which are imperative to this complication, as the activity is exceptionally quick (and oiling the two components in question would create drag). This specific mechanism for the hopping seconds has been seen previously, additionally in 2014 – in the ref. 5275, 60 minutes hitting watch with hopping hours, minutes and seconds. As indicated by Patek, coordinating a seconds show into the type GS 36-750 PS IRM end up being one of the more prominent technical challenges in planning the watch – the Grandmaster Chime, from which the strike works are inferred, didn’t have a running seconds show and sorting out some way to incorporate one needed to accordingly be done somewhat from a clear sheet of paper.

Patek has declared this as “cost on request,” however as their chiming complications sit at the highest point of their complications… well, I would even prefer not to theorize (and there would be no point). It’s perhaps the most appealing new complications from Patek in some time – extremely refined plan, controlled and exquisite, with various highlights (counting that hopping seconds) which raise it even within the thin classification of which it is a section. It takes incredible certainty to make a big appearance a new chiming complication in platinum too – normally not a watchmaker’s best option for a chiming complication as its thickness and design will in general stifle sound, yet the facts demonstrate that Patek has had impressive experience getting the most, acoustically talking, out of this recalcitrant material. For all its greatness, it’s a practically consoling thing to see, as it were – a reasonable articulation of pride from quite a while ago, and of trust in its future as both a conservative’s sanctuary and a focal point of advancement as well.

The Patek Philippe ref. 6301P Grande et Petite Sonnerie, Répétition Minutes Avec Seconde Morte: Case, 950 platinum, 44.8 x 12mm; not water safe, secured against dampness and residue, with sapphire front and back and discretionary strong platinum caseback. Development, Caliber GS 36-750 PS IRM. Physically wound mechanical development with 703 components. Grande and unimposing sonnerie, minute repeater on three gongs. Bouncing seconds. Strikework mode pointer (modest sonnerie, grande sonnerie, quietness). Power-save pointers for development and strikework. 37mm x 7.5mm, 72-hour power hold for the going train and 24-hour power save for the sonnerie in fabulous strike mode. Frequency, 25,200 vph, running in 95 jewels; Gyromax offset with Spiromax balance spring. Not a restricted version but rather exceptionally restricted creation. Price on request from Patek Philippe , where you’ll additionally locate a full video technical clarification of the watch.

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