Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons unwraps the latest Grand Complication to join the great Genevan watchmaker’s collection
When Patek Philippe launched the Pilot Travel Time in 2015, it ruffled a few feathers. Patek, maker of exquisite dress watches and an iconic sports watch or two, isn’t at all known for its pilot’s watches. Some said that like a glider behind a light aircraft, the Ref 5524 was hitching a ride on a journey it couldn’t make on its own, which just wasn’t very Patek. The brand found some archival evidence to legitimize the move, but still, the jury was split.
Yet here we are four years on and there’s no denying that the Patek Philippe Pilot Travel Time is both distinctively Patek and an important piece in the canon of pilot’s watches. Important because of its functionality, namely a second time zone that can be adjusted in one-hour jumps using pushers on the side of the case, and date and local and home time day/night indicators that sync as local time is adjusted.
At Baselworld this year, Patek turned the page on the story of the watch by introducing a new version of it with a mechanical alarm function, the Ref 5520P Alarm Travel Time. With a platinum case and a new movement, it’s got some serious wings. Let’s take a look.