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The Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date, A New Generation of the Brand’s Iconic Traveller’s Watch

Please welcome a date indication everyone is bound to love... for once!

| By Denis Peshkov | 5 min read |
Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

Patek Philippe’s World Time models have remained a timeless presence for over three-quarters of a century. Intriguingly, the concept and presentation have undergone little change since introducing the “cleverly designed watch for men with international interests,” as touted in an early advertisement for World Time 1415. Since the inception of the World Time complication, Patek Philippe has been on a quest to perfect its functionality, building upon an original 1930s invention by master watchmaker Louis Cottier. And 2024 signals a new era with a discreet world’s first for such a watch… A date that’s linked to the local time. Let’s have a closer look at the new, youthful Patek Philippe 5330G World Time.

By the early 1950s, advancements allowed world time watches for the simultaneous and permanent reading of time across 24 time zones using an adjustable city disk and a 24-hour disk, as showcased by the reference 2523. In 2000, Patek Philippe introduced the Reference 5110, marking a significant advancement in World Time functionality. This model featured an exclusive patented mechanism that enabled users to adjust all displays together (city disk, 24-hour disk, and centre hour hand) with a push-piece press when changing time zones, adjusting in one-hour increments.

An example of the glorious Patek Philippe 2523 – image by Phillips Auctions

Expanding upon the World Time series, Patek Philippe later introduced complications such as the chronograph, found in models like Reference 5930, and the minute repeater, showcased in Reference 5531. These additions further enhanced the appeal of the World Time collection, one of the most admired by the collectors.

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Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

Interestingly, until recently, none of the watches in the series included a date indication. It wasn’t until last year, during the grand exhibition “Watch Art” in Tokyo, that Patek Philippe unveiled the latest evolution of its World Time: the Reference 5330, featuring a date function, as a limited edition of 300 with guilloché purple dial. Fast forward to Watches & Wonders Geneva 2024. Patek Philippe has introduced the regular version to join its permanent collection: the Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date, distinguished by its blue denim dial. We had the opportunity for a hands-on experience, and here’s what we’re delighted to share.

Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

The new 5330G has a fully polished white gold case, 40mm in diameter and 11.57mm thick, with a contemporary silhouette, accentuated by the long, curved and stepped lugs that provide a pleasant and comfortable feeling with the watch on the wrist – a case shape also found in the Calatrava 5224R. The fluted two-position crown sits at 3 o’clock, an inset date corrector is at 8 (a correction stylus is included), and a time zone rectangular selector pusher is at 10 o’clock. The sapphire crystal caseback displays the movement; the watch is water resistant to 30m (like all Patek watches now…) The 5330G is slightly larger than the classic 5230 and 5231; it retains the elegance of the World Time series yet exudes a different, youthful and not aristocratic appeal, which has a lot to do with the dial, so we move on to it.

Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

The 5330G’s blue-grey dial perfectly complements the denim-patterned strap, and it’s precisely this blend of hues and textures that positions the new World Time Date as a timepiece tailored for a younger generation with discerning tastes and means seeking a casual yet refined watch. An identical colour scheme is also found in the Aquanaut and Nautilus models of 2024. 

Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

The added date indication brings a fresh organizational layout to the dial, delineated into four sections. The first is the sloped silvery date ring along the periphery, followed by the city ring featuring a red dot between Auckland and Midway to denote the crucial date-change line. Next, the 24-hour ring provides clear day and night designation. Finally, the main dial at the centre exhibits a carbon or woven pattern, housing local time indicators comprising short and faceted Dauphine-type luminous central hands and white-gold baton-style applied indices.

Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

The date indication in this Patek 5330G is ingeniously executed with a glass hand featuring a lacquered red hammer-shaped tip, cleverly designed to blend seamlessly into the dial without disruption. However, the true marvel lies in Patek Philippe’s integration of the date display with a local time. It adjusts automatically at each time zone correction when such a correction calls for a date change, either backwards or forwards. The practical usefulness of this feature is explained in a video on the brand’s website, and all other operations are intuitive.

Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

The World Time Date 5330G is driven by the self-winding Patek Philippe Caliber 240 HU C, comprising 306 meticulously crafted components and operating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations/hour. Its power reserve is specified to last between 38 to 48 hours. True to Patek Philippe’s renowned craftsmanship, the movement is adorned with various finishes, including an off-centred mini-rotor crafted from 22K gold and featuring the brand’s signature engraved logo. While delving into an in-depth exploration of this movement and its date display mechanism would be compelling, we’ll skip the mechanism’s works for now.

Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

As noted, the new World Time Date 5330G has a blue-grey calfskin strap featuring a denim pattern and white-coloured stitching. Together with the dial’s hues, this choice of strap tones down the typically aristocratic and exclusive allure often associated with such timepieces. It may even lead some to consider it casual or understated. However, despite the timepiece’s relaxed vibe, the strap is paired with a white gold fold-over clasp, subtly reminding us of its refined pedigree. So, while it may exude a casual charm, there’s no denying its underlying sophistication.

Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date

The new Patek Philippe 5330G World Time Date carries a suggested retail price of EUR 76,000, making it a more affordable option than the white-gold Grand Feu cloisonné enamel dial 5231G, which lacks a date and is priced over 90k euros. However, comparing these two watches would be unjust, as they boast distinct aesthetics. The 5330G stands out as a meticulously crafted and contemporary timepiece, showcasing practical innovation that its owners will surely appreciate – I certainly would have. Still, given the choice, my preference would lean towards the 5231.

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3 responses

  1. Although I’m sure at that price it ‘ll be hand engraved, that centre dial pattern just feels a bit… meh. Not crisp.

  2. dial is stamped not hand-guilloched! but it’s looking better in the flesh, one of the nicer pieces from this year’s novelties. price is steep though yes…

  3. What with an Aquanaut quartz and denim straps for WorldTimers and Nautili, I’m calling Emperor’s new clothes on PP’s new releases. Not what one would hope for from the esteemed marque and, frankly, rather poor form. Of course the press, ever eager to continue to remain close to beast that feeds it is happy to heap accolades. Be careful! The teet is mere inches from the arse.

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