Titanium Patek Philippe Watches: A Compendium

Patek 5004T titanium

Patek Philippe does not make watches in titanium – or do they?   YES, they do.  But titanium Patek Philippe references are rare specimens, their existence generally known to very few, their production only for very exclusive clients or to support charitable causes. 

This is official compendium, a Perpetuelle exclusive report, is an update to my May 2015 article “Titanium Patek Philippe Watches You Never Knew Existed”, itself an update to my November 2009 article Two Titanium Patek Philippe’s You Didn’t Know Existed.  That’s where it all began for me, and here is where my research on the topic of titanium Patek Philippe’s has brought me today.

For reference, here is my working list of titanium Patek Philippe’s — I’ve now documented 10 models — (updated as new references are discovered):

  • Patek Philippe Ref 5396T Annual Calendar (2015, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T (2013, for Only Watch)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5180/1T (2009, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 5712T  (2007, for Only Watch)
  • Patek Philippe Ref. 6000T (2007, for Children Action)
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon
  • Patek Philippe Ref 3928T “The Flawless Officer” (with 9.44 carat, D color diamond)
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5033T
  • Patek Philippe Ref 5102T celestial
  • Patek Philippe Ref 3998T

 

Patek Philippe Ref 5396T Annual Calendar

2015, for Children Action

Titanium Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396T - Perpetuelle

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T

2013, for Only Watch

Patek 5004T titanium watch

Patek Philippe 5180/1T

2009, for Children Action

Patek 5180T titanium case

 

Patek Philippe Ref. 5712T

2007, for Only Watch

Patek 5712T titanium case

Patek Philippe Ref. 6000T

2007, for Children Action

Patek 6000T titanium case

Patek Philippe Ref 5001T Sky Moon Tourbillon

Titanium Patek Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref 5001T

Patek Philippe Ref 3928T “The Flawless Officer” (with 9.44 carat, D color diamond in the caseback)

Titanium Patek Philippe The Flawless Officer Ref 3928T front bac

Patek Philippe Ref 5102T celestial

Titanium Patek Philippe Celestial Ref 5102T

Titanium Patek Philippe Celestial Ref 5102T case engravings

Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T

Titanium Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T

Titanium Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref 5033T caseback engravings

Patek Philippe Ref 3998T

Titanium Patek Philippe Hieroglyph Ref 3998T

Titanium Patek Philippe Hieroglyph Ref 3998T caseback

The 5396T, Another Elusive Titanium Patek Philippe

Titanium Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396T - Perpetuelle

Do you know how many titanium-cased Patek Philippe watches exist?  This is the tenth such Patek that I’ve now documented (see link to my Titanium Patek Philippe compendium at the bottom of this post).  It is a titanium Patek Philippe, bearing reference 5396T (“T” for titanium) specially designed for Children Action, a Geneva-based charitable organization that Patek has supported for many years now.  In fact, Patek’s support of the Children Action charity has resulted several titanium-cased Patek Philippe’s (2007, 2009, 2015).

Patek Philippe 5396T

unique piece

38mm titanium case

Titanium Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396T dial detail - Perpetuelle

Introduced in 1996 and patented by Patek Philippe, the Annual Calendar is the first timekeeping mechanism that automatically displays the month, the day of the week, and the correct date under consideration of months with 30 and 31 days, so it must be adjusted only once a year on March 1. The caliber 324 S QA LU 24H movement consists of 347 parts, whereas a conventional perpetual calendar with a moon-phase display needs only about 280 components.  It’s sapphire crystal case back is marked with the indication “Children Action 2015”.

Oh by the way, this watch sold for 1 million Swiss Francs.

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As mentioned above, you can check out my exclusive Compendium of Titanium Patek Philippe Watches, right here>>>

Chocolate Dial, Rose Gold Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711/1R-001

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711 1R 001 - Perpetuelle

The Patek Phillipe Nautilus is a watch that, for many, needs no introduction.  I won’t delve into the history of the Nautilus here, except to say that the first Nautilus, the Ref 3700/1, was designed by Gerald Genta (same guy who designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and more) and launched in 1976 (more tidbits here, on the Patek historical timeline).

Although there were other watches that Patek debuted at Baselworld a couple months ago that got more attention (like this platinum 5905 Annual Calendar chrono, this Calatrava Reference 5227G-010, and this platinum 5370 Split-Seconds Chronograph), this piece is a great addition to the Nautilus lineup that should not be overlooked.  It looks absolutely gorgeous with its chocolate dial surrounded by rose gold case and bracelet.  Like other Nautilus models, this one has Patek’s Caliber 324 S C.  Price on the Patek Nautilus 5711/1R-001 seen here is $51,000 USD.  If only.

♥ New Patek Philippe Ref 5905P Annual Calendar Chronographs (Platinum)

  Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5905P duo - Perpetuelle

With its new Ref. 5905P Annual Calendar Chronograph, Patek Philippe brings a reference to replace the 5960 precious metal references.  The 5905 begins with a meanignfully upsized case (42mm vs. 40.5mm), still gracefully rounded with gently curved lugs — crafted of platinum.  The dial — available in navy blue and black versions — reflects the design of the Ref. 5205 Annual Calendar launched in 2010 but with new colors and other details including now being a 60 minute chrono rather than 12 hour.   All in all, I think it is much improved as the changes enable the subdial to be simpler and thus easier to read.  to I’ll break it all down, below.

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