The latest in a line of classic and much revered men’s chronographs that was introduced in 2010 with the 5170, Patek Philippe’s hand‐ wound 5172G comfortably bridges the divides between smart and sporty, contemporary and old‐school, while throwing in more than a hint of pilot‐style practicality into the bargain. Not that this isn’t in every way imaginable the gorgeously elegant and covetable timepiece we’d expect from that most revered of Swiss manufactures.
In fact, the 5172G just about has it all, from its 41mm white‐gold case, with blue‐varnished dial and luminous gold‐appliqué Arabic numerals, to its handstitched navy‐blue calfskin strap, three‐tier lugs and intricate guilloche pushers. And then there’s the CH 29‐535 PS chronograph calibre, whose design incorporates six patented innovations; it beats at 28,800vph and, with the chrono function disengaged, offers a reserve of 65 hours.
Strapped to the wrist, this is an object of such beauty that you may not wish to remove it at all, but then you’d be neglecting the exquisite craftsmanship of the movement, whose lavish finishing – bridges with chamfered and polished edges, and Côtes de Genève decoration – deserves to be lovingly gazed at through the case‐back glass for hours on end. Something, if you’re fortunate enough to own one, we assume you’ll be doing very often indeed.