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Patek Philippe Unveil Limited Edition Tokyo 2023 Watches for Grand Exhibition

Patek Philippe Unveil Limited Edition Tokyo 2023 Watches for Grand Exhibition

This month marks the return of the Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition after a substantial hiatus following the global pandemic. This is the sixth edition of Patek’s premier solo exhibition and for the occasion they’ve descended on Tokyo to reveal a suite of new releases and celebrate everything Patek. The new watches are the Grand Exhibition Limited Edition Tokyo 2023s and they include a Quadruple Complication, World Time Minute Repeater, World Time, a pair of Calatravas and a moonphase.

Patek Philippe Quadruple Complication Ref. 5308P-010 Limited Edition Tokyo 2023

Patek Philippe Quadruple Complication Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 5308P-010
Patek Philippe Quadruple Complication Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 5308P-010

The Quadruple Complication has its origins in the Triple Complication 5208 from 2011, equipped with the same set of complications +1. Specifically, the new watch introduces a second chronograph hand to become a rattrapante chronograph, building on the original chronograph, perpetual calendar and minute repeater complications.

Naturally, the updated set of complications means there’s a new movement powering the piece. It’s the rather complicatedly named Calibre R CHR 27 PS Q. What makes the movement special is the fact that there are two new patented systems designed to lower the energy consumption of the split-seconds chronograph and the clutch, giving the piece a power reserve of 48 hours standard or 38-hour with the chrono engaged. That’s seriously impressive considering the number of energy intensive complications present.

Patek Philippe Quadruple Complication Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 5308P-010

In terms of structure and style, the Quadruple Complication Ref. 5308P-010 Limited Edition Tokyo 2023 has a 42mm case in platinum and a salmon dial. The day, date and month apertures are arrayed across the top of the dial while the 60-minute counter sits at 3 o’clock, the small seconds and moonphase at 6 and lastly the 12-hour counter at 9. In the centre of the face are the hour and minute hands as well as the twin chronograph hands. The hands, hour markers and decorations are all brown to compliment the shiny alligator strap.

This watch is limited to just 15 pieces, making it one of the most exclusive launched at the Grand Exhibition. As with every launch here, it has a Patek Philippe Tokyo inscription on its caseback.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 5308P-010|
  • Case/dial: 42mm diameter x 17.71mm thickness, 950 platinum case, rose-gilt 18k white gold opaline dial, two interchangeable casebacks; sapphire crystal and solid platinum both engraved with “Patek Philippe Toyko”|
  • Movement: Calibre R CHR 27 PS QI, automatic, 67 jewels, 799 parts|
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 48h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, minute repeater, chronograph, day, date, month, moon phase, day/night indication, leap year, chronograph|
  • Strap: Chocolate brown alligator leather strap with hand stitching and platinum fold over clasp|
  • Price/availability: Price on request, limited to 15 pieces

Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater Ref. 5531R-014 Limited Edition Tokyo 2023

Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 5531R-014

Next up is the second limited edition of 15 pieces, the World Time Minute Repeater Ref. 5531R-014. It’s a beautiful piece with a Grand Feu cloisonné enamel dial depicting the historical Chou district of central Tokyo. Cloisonné is a technique that involves using thin gold wire to separate individual coloured areas of the enamel and this dial is one of the most precise and intricate examples I’ve seen in a while. The individual streets, city blocks, woods and river all picked out with exacting finesse and detail.

Beyond the enamel dial, this is a watch we’ve seen before as the 5531 World Time Minute Repeater debuted in 2017 and this is just a Tokyo edition. But that does nothing to detract from the elegance of the 40.2mm rose gold case with its hobnail guilloché minute repeaters slide. Nor the impressive Calibre R 27 HU.

Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 5531R-014

In fact, the Calibre R 27 HU is one of Patek’s seminal movements because it was the first minute repeater to be capable of always chiming the local time. In order to set local time, you adjust the 24-hour cities scale so that your local time zone is positioned at 12 o’clock – since it’s the Tokyo edition that city is highlighted in red. The movement, which has a 48-hour power reserve, is visible beneath a sapphire crystal caseback with the limited edition Tokyo inscription.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 5531R-014|
  • Case/dial: 40.2mm diameter x 11.49mm thickness, 18k rose gold case with hand-guilloched “Clous de Paris” finishing, silver opaline dial with 18k rose gold 24h disk|
  • Movement: Calibre R 27 HU, automatic, 45 jewels, 452 parts|
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 48h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, 24 time zones|
  • Strap: Chocolate brown alligator leather with hand stitching and 18k rose gold fold over clasp|
  • Price/availability: Price on request, limited to 15 watches

Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5330G-010 Limited Edition Tokyo 2023

Patek Philippe World Time Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 5330G-010

There’s a second World Time model being released but this one is sans minute repeater. It’s the World Time Ref. 5330G-010 Limited Edition Tokyo 2023 of which there are 300 pieces available. It features a lovely, rich plum dial with a hand-guilloché centre in the shape of wavy ripples. Although perhaps more interesting is the fact it houses a new movement with yet another new patent for Patek.

Specifically, it’s the Calibre 240 HU C, an automatic movement with world time and date functions. The patented feature is the differential system that allows the date to update in conjunction with local time. Useful if you find yourself traveling across the date line often. It’s one of those quality of life improvements that most people won’t notice on the day to day and that’s exactly the point – it makes the watch easier to use and you don’t have to worry about operating it.

Patek Philippe World Time Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 5330G-010

Like the World Time Minute Repeater, Tokyo has been highlighted in on the world time scale to emphasise its relevance to Japan. But that’s not the only Japanese reference on the dial as the sun on the day/night 24-hour scale has been depicted in the form of the red imperial sun of Japan as seen on their flag.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 5330G-010|
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 11.57mm thickness, 18k white gold case, plum tinted brass dial dial, sapphire crystal caseback engraved with “Patek Philippe Toyko”|
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre 240 HU C, automatic, 37 jewels, 306 parts|
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 48h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, date (synchronised with local time), 24 time zones|
  • Strap: Black alligator leather with plum coloured hand stitching and 18k white gold fold over clasp|
  • Price/availability: Price on request, limited to 300 pieces

Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6127G-010 and 7127G-010

Patek Philippe Calatrava Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 6127G-010

The Calatrava Ref. 6127G-010 and 7127G-010 were first seen in the Japanese market at the end of 2022 but the Grand Exhibition marks them taking to the main stage. They’re a his & hers pair with the 6127G-010 as the men’s 36mm model and the other as the 31mm women’s piece. The concept of his & hers watches has generally fallen out of favour with the majority of brands so it’s always interesting to see it rear its head.

I think the main attraction of these watches are the colourful lacquer dials. The men’s piece is a blue while the women’s is purple, they’re not quite pastel but they’re on the paler side. Compared with the typically classical displays of Calatravas, they feel bold and modern. Which is appropriate for Japan where tradition and modernity rub shoulders on a daily basis.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 6127G-010
Patek Philippe Calatrava Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 7127G-010

Powering the pair is the Calibre 215 PS, a manual movement with a 44-hour power reserve. Compared to the other watches in this article, the 215 PS is relatively simple, touting hour, minute and small seconds functions. Once again, the exhibition caseback features the Patek Philippe Tokyo inscription that marks it as a special edition. Speaking of, there are 400 pieces of each colourway available – 300 in paired sets and 100 individually.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 6127G-010 (light blue), 7127G-010 (lilac)|
  • Case/dial: 36mm diameter x 8.82mm thickness, 18k white gold case, light blue or lilac lacquered dial|
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre 215 PS, manual winding, 18 jewels, 130 parts|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 44h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds|
  • Strap: Light blue or lilac alligator leather with hand stitching and 18k white gold prong buckle|
  • Price/availability: Price on request, limited to 100 pieces each colourway sold individually, 300 sold as a set in a double presentation box

Patek Philippe Ladies’ Moon-Phase

Patek Philippe Ladies Moon-Phase Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 7121 200G-010
Patek Philippe Ladies Moon-Phase Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 7121 200G-010

Lastly we have the Moon Phase Ref. 7121/200G-010 Limited Edition Tokyo 2023, which is part of the women’s collection. It’s the kind of watch that if it were a bit larger and had a plain bezel option, it would be perfectly unisex. As is, it has a 33mm diameter and the bezel is set with 132 brilliant cut diamonds in a double row.

The dial is sunray brushed with a pearl grey colouration. Compared with the bezel it’s relatively understated, as is the titular moonphase indicator and small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Aesthetically there isn’t much that ties it to Japan and it just appears to be a fresh colourway for the 2022 edition.

Patek Philippe Ladies Moon-Phase Tokyo 2023 Limited Edition 7121 200G-010

There are 200 pieces of this limited edition available. Of the six watches being launched, I think my favourite is the Quadruple Complication, although it’s the World Time models that really capitalise on being launched in Japan by emphasising elements of Japanese culture. Ultimately, Grand Exhibition is a good name for the event considering the launches showcase aspects of most of their collections. The only major model we’re missing is the Nautilus or Aquanaut. 

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 7121/200G-010|
  • Case/dial: 33mm diameter x 8.4mm thickness, 18k white gold case, bezel set with 132 brilliant cut diamonds pearl-grey sunburst dial|
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre 215 PS LU, manual winding, 18 jewels, 157 parts|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 44h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, moon phase|
  • Strap: Pearl grey alligator leather with hand stitching and 18k white gold prong buckle|
  • Price/availability: Price on request, limited to 200 watches

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.