Grail Watches

Grail Watches: Patek Philippe 5396R Annual Calendar

Ideal definition of watchmaking perfection and meticulous attention to details. Highly complicated watch presented in the most legible way – Patek Philippe 5396R Annual Calendar.

It happened. I got a chance to spend a while with the watch, which I find the most perfect timepiece in the world. Its subtle aesthetics, horological complication – they just strike and appeal to me. Annual calendar combined with Moonphase, because these are the real kings of watch complications in watchmaking, NOT tourbillons, at least for me. Watch brands can and actually they do compete with each other in how many tourbillons can be designed within one movement – 2, 6 or perhaps 8 tourbillons are enough? I must admit, looking at such creations maybe amazing, however there is no practicality about it at all.

Perhaps, I am very down-to-earth and conservative, when it comes to watches, but to me, watches are meant to be every man’s companion making this whole day-to-day life easier and more pleasant. This Patek Philippe example seems to do this job perfectly. Luxurious statement of beautifully polished 18K rose gold case is cooled down by a silver dial and contrasting blued hands.

From the things I love the most about this particular model is undoubtedly well though out size, which is 38mm. Perfectly balanced, looks just about right, regardless of your wrist size. 36mm would be too humble and modest, whereas 40mm too ostentatious and striking for a modern Patek Philippe watch. 

In terms of wearability and comfort, Annual Calendar 5396R does the great job, it sits on the wrist very neatly and its weight doesn’t tire during the day at all. Generally, it would be a perfect daily wearer if it wasn’t made in rose gold. What I noticed during some time spent with solid gold watches, yellow and rose, on my wrist is that you can wear them for about one week. Upon that time, they start fatiguing your eyes, being too striking and eye-catching. If you intend wearing a solid gold watch daily, the best way out from this situation is to go for a white gold.

Through the sapphire case-back you can admire a beautifully finished automatic movement. 21K rose gold winding rotor keeps this timepiece wound. The maximum power reserve is approximately 45 hours. Brown reptile strap is the most comfortable leather strap I have ever happened to wear – it is incredibly soft, comfortable, flexible, but at the same time really durable. The last thing I am hyped about is 18K rose gold deployment clasp with iconic Calatrava cross.

Sometimes, as it happens, meeting your heroes doesn’t turn that bad at all. On the contrary, today’s hands-on experience with the Patek Philippe 5396R Annual Calendar made me love and appreciate watches even more.