On the 16h of March 2020, it is 10 years that I own this reference, the 5070, in white gold.
The first time I saw it, it was in the window display of the Paris Boutique, in 2005, and it was love at first sight. Curiously, it stayed a good month in the window display before someone bought it. I missed the opportunity to get it, but, it was just the beginning of the story.
Three years after, the platinum version was unveiled, and I ran to a Parisian Patek AD to put my name on the top of the list, praying to get a call one day... A call which never came.
Still, in 2010, I had the opportunity to buy the white gold version.
My first picture of my 5070G:
The first question which came to my mind was to know if the lust was still there, after the unveiling of the platinum or if I would pass on it... To make my mind, as always, I had to see it in the real.
At that time, I already had the champions of the category, the Lange Datograph and the Jaeger Lecoultre Duomètre à Chronographe, and a superb outsider, the Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph, in platinum, with its sublime salmon dial.
The Duomètre à Chronographe:
The Vacheron Les Historiques Chronograph:
The competition was fierce and I could reasonably pass, but... There is the Love factor... And when I saw it again, it was love at second sight, 5 years after the first " contact ".
It cannot compete in terms of originality and or finishings with the Lange and the Jaeger Lecoultre, to be honest. It is different from the Vacheron which is really exquisite.
The 5070G from the movement perspective.
No, the Patek plays another partition, the partition of Coolness with a classic look and a certain elegance.
The Platinum was my first choice, which doesn't mean that the 5070 in white gold is a poor choice.
At the contrary! The platinum and the white gold have their own personality, at the point we cannot say that one is better than the other, a bit like the 5110. There aren't bad versions, it is just a matter of taste between all the versions ( White Gold, Platinum, Rose Gold and Yellow Gold ).
I like the under rated personality of the 5070G, its polyvalence, too. It can be formal, or casual, the 5070G works in any circumstances.
I like its brushed dial, too. And these leaf shaped hands, as well as these hour markers.
Strangely, I find the too centered counters charming, and I am mad about the step bezel.
With the time passing, and these ten years of ownership, I could have get rid of it... I am not, totally not. I like it even more. Time is a merciless tool wen it comes to watches. Here, it led me to better appreciate and love this reference.
The 5070G is here to stay. And I even think that it will become a classic, if it is not the case, already.
Long Life to the 5070!