THE HEARST PICK, Luxury Watches of the Year, Patek Philippe 5396R-012 – Rose Gold


It was only 20 years ago that Patek Philippe introduced its first annual calendar, and it has been updated more than once per year ever since.

In 2016, the brand has gone for one of its cleanest iterations of the watch; a simple circular 38.5mm case with an in-line double aperture in the upper half of the dial that displays the day of the week on the left and the month on the right.

The date display of the Ref. 5396 is positioned in a large aperture at 6 o’clock. Together with the double aperture, it frames the 24-hour subsidiary dial with the moon-phase display in the lower half of the dial.

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We love its confidence and elegance.  The new Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5396 is available in 18ct white gold with a dark gray sunburst dial and in 18ct rose gold with a silvery white opaline dial. Hours minutes and seconds are shown with 18ct gold Dauphine hands pointing at 18ct gold Breguet numerals.

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