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Ref. 5950A-001

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Introduced in 2010, the CHR 27-525 PS movement in this reference is a marvel of engineering being only 5.25 mm in height. This is all the more impressive considering it incorporates spilt seconds functionality. On top of this, it is a monopusher design with the pusher coaxial with the crown. Patek Philippe’s manual winding chronographs have always been special but this one dials it up to an eleven and to my mind, is one of the most beautiful chronographs made from any manufacturer.

The design incorporates lovely black oxidised feuille hands and applied Breguet numerals in 18k gold, raised glossy printing rendered in black lacquer, chronograph seconds divisions at 1/6 of a second to match the 3Hz beat rate of the movement, Art Deco era typography and scroll detailing at the vertices which incidentally is duplicated on the movements ring frame. Best of all, in my view, is that it has a 60-minute totaliser, not the usual 30-minute one on most chronographs. However, while there is precedent for chronograph functions to be distinguished with different coloured hands, this was not done and you have to remember that the constant seconds is on the left and the totaliser is on the right. Additionally, the no cutting of numerals and markers and the minimal text are design choices that immediately earn from me a kudos.

Finally, this watch is in stainless steel, a rarity for Patek Philippe high complications and a treat for collectors. I dare say this is a timeless reference that will be admired in any era.

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The dial side.

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Behold the CHR 27-525 PS.

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A closeup of the upper right quadrant of the dial.

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A closeup of the lower half of the dial. This message has been edited by FabR on 2022-05-25 23:35:47

Comments:
mdg May 25th, 2022-19:24
My grail watch for many reasons... ...stainless steel, the fantastic case shape and slimness, the very unusual (and difficult to manufacture) complication. Great pix... Maybe one of our esteemed members will chime in with photos of his : )
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FabR May 26th, 2022-03:48
+1 on all counts, including that we do have a few owners of this marvel among our members (the present pictures are taken at an auction preview)…let us see if they would like to contribute further to this thread👍👍 
mdg May 26th, 2022-05:47
If one is up for auction... ...it would be interesting to see the hammer price. I need to know how much of my kids' inheritance I will need to spend...
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FabR May 26th, 2022-06:05
You'd merely be looking after this watch for them, so I think it makes total sense to use their inheritance for it... ;-)) PS: We don't want to go into auction prices here, but I just sent you a bunch of references via PM ;-) Cheers.
Gregineugene June 2nd, 2022-21:27
I love that. Don't worry honey...the kids will get it all back in spades as long as I keep buying PP's !
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FabR June 2nd, 2022-23:39
Even leaving something so amazing as the *only* inheritance might not be so bad....for as long as they don't have to share! ;-)) 
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lm6 May 25th, 2022-20:09
Absolutely magnificent! Thank's for interesting post with very nice photos.
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MZHammer May 25th, 2022-20:16
I've read mixed responses to this watch But I, for the life of me, cannot understand why. I find it one of Patek's most appealing offerings and truly a grail!
EdTonkin May 25th, 2022-20:42
Interesting. What are the quibbles with this watch that gives rise to the mixed responses? Im curious. Thank you.
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ChristianDK May 25th, 2022-20:56
Beyond me too. It is as good as it gets. 
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