Patek Philippe debuted a new men’s Gondolo reference – with a gorgeous blue sunburst dial and white gold case – last month at Baselworld.
It has the same movement, case dimensions, and overall design as the current Gondolo reference 5124J-001, which comes in yellow gold, with a few subtle enhancements.
The dial features new thicker, faceted, and polished white gold applied hour markers. The facetted dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands are the same as the existing Gondolo, except in white gold. The outer ring is sloped and has black transferred minute graduations, the same as before. The numeral at 12 o’clock has been replaced with double baton indexes. Also, the small seconds chapter ring now has 60 graduations as opposed to 15.
The case is white gold that has been fully polished and measures 33.4 mm by 43 mm. A cambered sapphire-crystal case back is curved to match the shape of the case, a design that is both elegant and ergonomic.
Inside, is manufacture caliber 25-21 REC PS which is manually wound and features a Spiromax® balance spring and a free-sprung Gyromax® balance wheel. The movement beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph) and has a power reserve of 44-hours. The watch has 142 total components, 18 jewels, and a total of 7 bridges – that have been chamfered and polished and decorated with Geneva stripes – mounted on top of the main plate which is decorated with a perlage treatment.
The small, solid-while gold push-in crown is emblazoned with the Patek Philippe logo and is partially recessed into the side of the case. The Patek Philippe Gondolo (Ref. 5124G-011) is paired with a shiny blue alligator strap with square scales, hand-stitched, with a white gold prong buckle.
The yellow gold Gondolo is still in the collection, however, considering white gold is more popular nowadays, this is sure to be more aligned with current tastes. Not to mention, the updated dial design – exemplified by its bright blue sunburst finish – that’s arguably much more attractive.