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Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5270R
Watches with grand complications are Patek Philippe’s most exquisite pieces.

These watches, high sophisticated both in their technical and aesthetic elements, are the most admired and coveted by the connoisseurs and enthusiastic collectors of the Genevan manufacturer.

The Perpetual Calendar Chronograph model, reference 5270R, is one of those exceptional pieces. The manufacturer has created a significant number of chronographs over its 175 years of history and has become a benchmark brand in design and creation of these sophisticated time measuring machines. This piece is fitted with a Perpetual Calendar, another of Patek Philippe’s most prominent complications.

This imposing watch has a mechanical movement with manual winding and movement CH 29-535 PS Q, with a central chronograph hand and an instant 30-minute counter. It is also a Perpetual Calendar that shows the phases of the moon, the day, the month, if it is a leap year and whether it is day or night in the windows. A hand indicates the date. It has a small second hand and tachymeter scale.

As for aesthetics, the 5270R has a silver-plated opal dial and gold-plated hour-markers. The bracelet is made of matt dark brown alligator leather with square scales and is sewn by hand. The buckle is foldable. The back is made of interchangeable solid sapphire crystal. It is watertight to a depth of 30 metres. The diameter of the case is 41 mm, and its thickness measures 12.4 mm.

Undoubtedly, the 5270R is one of the crown jewels in Patek Philippe’s current collection, combining two of the most sophisticated and prestigious complications of the Genevan manufacturer.
 

Patek Philippe, more than 175 years of tradition and savoir-faire.
Patek Philippe's history is an essential part of Geneva’s great watchmaking tradition.

The many technical innovations brought about by manufacturing over the years have been crucial to the evolution of the watchmaking industry.
Patek Philippe enjoys a unique heritage, the result of more than 175 years of experience, ingenuity and passion, and is committed to preserving and strengthening it through the development of its many processes and the diversification of its savoir-faire.
Faithful to prestigious craftsmanship, Patek Philippe watchmakers and craftsmen perpetuate the beauty of the most ancient techniques day after day, in harmony with the latest technologies. That is why Patek Philippe’s watches are a guarantee of uncompromising reliability, beauty and nobility per se.
Tradition also implies a firm determination to pass on to the younger generations, the experience and knowledge of the master watchmakers and the many craftsmen who possess Patek Philippe’s savoir-faire.
The company has maintained the will and the ability to develop exceptional watches, many of them unique, and restore pieces that are over 100 years old following the original techniques.
 

Shinrin-Yoku
Forest therapy

This technique has become fashionable with the inhabitants of Japan, and it has been imitated in other countries with high stress levels, turning up great results. Hypertension, anxiety, insomnia and depression are the main illnesses that are the consequence of urban life. Japan, the country of “overwork death” and one with extremely high suicide rates, has discovered that taking two or three walks a week in the countryside, lasting about an hour, helps us feel much better as it benefits our nervous system. For this reason it is hoped that, in less than ten years, there will be one hundred different spaces dedicated to “forest therapy” all over the country. More than two million Japanese practise Shinrin-Yoku every day, and the country’s companies are beginning to include them in their working days, even taking “business” trips to the forests.

Other places around the world have cottoned on to this technique of organising “forest therapies”. But what do they consist of?

Alejandro de la Vega is a biologist who organises forest therapy sessions in Spain from his website www.shinrin-yoku.es. “When we feel ourselves, we can’t think ourselves. Which is why our walks consist of sensorial exercises”. First of all, they work on breathing to relax. And gradually, as well as walking, they exercise their hearing by listening to all of the sounds that occur around them – an animal running, a leaf falling, the wind… And they observe the different elements and colours that nature is made up of. They smell the plants, the flowers, the earth… and touch or hug the trees. According to Alejandro, after these sessions one’s defences are increased and levels of stress hormones go down. “We connect with our more human side and realise that we depend 100% on nature”.

In order to bring Shinrin-Yoku closer to cities, the Mini Living Forest initiative has created different architectural installations in big towns like London or Munich where you can walk or sit down to rest inside a glass cube full of vegetation. Cellular polycarbonate has been used for the walls, moreover, so you cannot see outside. This idea has been implemented by the architect Asif Khan, who has managed to create a veritable oasis in the city, where one can connect with nature in a matter of seconds.

In Mallorca, too, different “forest bathing” gatherings are organised, especially in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, a World Heritage Site with scenic variety and forest opulence that is perfect for immersing oneself in a direct connection with nature. And without leaving Palma, the woods around Bellver Castle are a splendid option for unwinding.

Annual Calendar Ref. 5396R and 5396G
A classic among the classics.

The Annual Calendar model, Moon Phases, in both 5396R and 5396G versions, is one of the commemorative pieces of the 20th anniversary of Patek Philippe’s Annual Calendar patent. This model, with a double day/month window on the same line and the date at 6 o'clock, stands out for its opaline white dial and elegant gold hour-markers.

It has a mechanical movement with automatic winding and calibre 324 S QA LU 24H/303. The dial, with a central second hand, shows the phases of the moon with a 24-hour display. It is waterproof up to a depth of 30 metres. Its case is 38.5mm diameter and 11.2mm thick.

Patek Philippe offers a broad variety of timepieces with annual calendars. This complication was invented at the Genevan manufacture itself and patented in 1996. The annual calendar complication is halfway between a simple calendar and a perpetual calendar and displays the date of 30- and 31-day months, the day of the week and the month. Annual calendars only need one manual adjustment per year, at the end of February.