Quick Take

This is a Patek Philippe unlike any other. When the ref. 5235 (or 5235G, to be more precise) debuted in 2012 it was the first time that Patek had ever made a regulator-style wristwatch, with the hours, minutes, and seconds broken out into three separate dials. But, being Patek, they weren't satisfied with that and had to add an annual calendar and a trio of high-tech movement components in the Pulsomax escapement, Spiromax balance spring, and Gyromax balance. At the time it was released, it was the only serially-produced watch from the brand with these parts from their Advanced Research division, and as such there were serious production delays after the watch was first launched. For a while it was literally impossible to get.
Fast forward to today and we're getting a watch that, while still packing the same technology under the hood, presents a totally different take on the 5235. The ref. 5235R has a rose gold case and a beautiful two-tone dial that contrasts matte black sub-dials and a matte black outer track with a graphite-colored, vertically brushed central section. If the original 5235G was cool and crisp, the 5235R is warm and inviting you can see the original in Talking Watches with Kevin Rose if you're interested. Priced at $51,830, it sits right in the same ballpark as its predecessor, which does appear to have been discontinued in the wake of this new release.
Initial Thoughts

There are few references from Patek Philippe that are more divisive than the 5235. Some purists deride it as too modern and outside the wheelhouse of what the traditional fine watchmaker should be doing; others praise it for its ingenuity, technological advances, and bold styling, arguing that this is how old-school brands can stay relevant and exciting. Personally, I'm in the second camp, and on the few occasions that I've been lucky enough to put a 5235G on my wrist I've always felt a twinge of pain taking it off. From the first images we see here, it looks like the detailing on the dial is going to really make this one sing in particular I love the rings of rose gold around the black sub-dials and the rich look to the grain on the graphite central dial. As I get ready to board a plane to Switzerland, I already know one of the first watches I'm going to see out when Baselworld opens its doors later this week.
The Basics

Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Annual Calendar, Regulator-Style Display
Reference Number: 5235R
Diameter: 40.5mm
Thickness: 10mm
Case Material: Rose gold
Dial Color: Graphite and ebony black with a vertical satin finish
Indexes: Arabic numerals
Lume: None
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Matte black alligator leather strap with rose gold prong buckle
The Movement

Caliber: 31-260 REG QA
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds (using a regulator-style display), annual calendar with disc displays for the month, day, and date
Diameter: 33mm
Thickness: 5.08mm
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Winding: Automatic with a 22k gold micro-rotor
Frequency: 23,040 vph
Jewels: 31
Total Components: 313
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Additional Details: Uses a Pulsomax escapement, a Spiromax balance spring, and a Gyromax balance
Pricing & Availability

Price: $51,830
Availability: Not yet announced
Limited Edition: No
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