With the self-winding Patek Philippe Ladies First Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 7140), the legendary Swiss-based Manufacture gracefully fills the gaping hole in its line of ladies “complication” timekeepers that for some time now included sporty chronographs, convenient world timers, and even simple GMT watches for frequent travelers, but, for some unknown reason, lacked a real perpetual calendar model. Adorned with diamonds and presented in a rose gold case, this is one of the dressiest perpetuals in the brand’s product range.
According to official specs, the new watch is powered by the same Caliber 240 Q movement that animates its vintage-styled Ref. 5940 model that features the same functionality and was, too, presented during the latest Baselworld 2012 trade show.
Thanks to its relatively small size of 27.5 mm in diameter and just 3.88 mm in height (the movement uses a micro-rotor winding system that allows saving some precious vertical space), the watch was presented in a compact rose gold body just 35.10 millimeters in diameter.
Despite its small size, the dial still looks spacious: mainly courtesy of thin bezel, which is adorned with 68 diamonds totaling at 0.68 carats, and to the finish of its opaline white dial. The numerals and all inscriptions and abbreviations are large enough to be easily read but are also small enough not to make the timekeeper’s face look cluttered.
The increased legibility is also partly ensured by the logical distribution of indicators on its three recessed sub-dials. The one at 3 o’clock, for example, only shows us the current month and indicates leap year, while the other at 9 o’clock indicates the current day of the week and works as a day/night indicator displaying time in 24-hour format.
The display at 6 hours is here to display the moon phase and a circular calendar with only odd numbers printed around its rim in rose gold numerals.
It is also worth mentioning that the dial looks especially dressy thanks to its seven Arabic numerals not simply printed, but meticulously crafted from 18-karat rose gold and applied to the surface by hand.
Frankly, I can’t find any flaw in this timekeeper that is worth mentioning.
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Patek Philippe Ladies First Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 7140) specification
Price: $93,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, PP caliber 240 Q, 27.50 mm x 3.88 mm, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Movement decoration: Circular graining, Geneva stripes, Patek Philippe Seal
Functions: Hours, minutes, perpetual calendar (day, date, month, leap year,) moon phases, 24-hour day/night indicator
Case: Rose gold, 18-karat
Size: 35.10 mm
Dial: Opaline white
Numerals: Arabic, rose gold, applied by hand
Hour markers: Rose gold
Hands: Rose gold, polished
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hand-stitched square-scale mink grey or royal purple alligator leather strap with 18-karat rose gold pin buckle set with 27 diamonds (0.2 carats)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Interchangeable sapphire crystal case-back and solid back