As to numbers, only Patek know, but there are currently 16 5970P's on Chrono24 and 16 5370P's. This suggests far fewer 5370P's were made as it hasn't yet moved to the collector market when the number of advertised pieces for sale decreases.
As to Mr Schmid, he is very much a ‘watch guy’. You only need to spend time with him to find that out! I guess I’m in the minority, I agree with reducing output and concentrating sales through Boutiques with no discount. You can’t aspire to be the best and also thought of as a discounter. A strict n
Everyone raves about the quality of the pieces, the beautiful movements, the amazing service the factory gives etc etc. At some point you need to step up and say 'hey I'm better than the competition and it's time to pay'. As to whether this is wise, only time will tell.