An evening with some of the novelties and some thoughts...

Aug 10, 2018,06:19 AM
 

Last night I had the pleasure of spending the evening perusing the latest offerings by Patek in a beautiful outdoor setting in East Hampton, New York. Needless to say the entire evening was beautifully arranged and executed. The novelties from this year as well as many of the current production pieces were present and I must say it was a tremendous pleasure to have the opportunity to handle many of them in a casual outdoor setting. I apologize if photos of the evening are mostly of the pieces I most liked on my wrist, but the dinner and decoration of the space was superb as one would expect. Not to forget the band who played some real good music as well. Not disappointing in any way. 


Now to quickly recap my favorites....

5968A. Looks better to me in the real than on photos with the orange configuration. I can see the appeal of this piece and it was probably the one most people expressed interest in judging by how many hands it passed through. Very comfortable to wear and I am sure I would get used to the size, but personally I still prefer the size of the 5164/5650 on my wrist. Having said that a piece for people who prefer to wear slightly larger pieces is a good option to have. 

5740G. A gorgeous piece to wear. Slim like a 5711/5712 with extra heft but not as much as the 5711P. Perhaps it was the evening light but the metal came across a bit more gray than I had expected which I found to tone it down and add some sober elegance. A piece to be experienced. No doubt will this be very sought after. It has a lot of strong qualities, perhaps the only weakness being the price point.... 

5270P. A real joy on the wrist this one. The dial adds a bunch, I really did enjoy this one. Platinum case sits so well on the wrist I can see this being a watch for everyday use. Relaxed yet extremely elegant. Very classy and did not disappoint in any way.

5204R. Ok this one was the showstopper for me. What an incredible piece. Unlike the previous three this is far from an everyday casual piece. Not as relaxed and not as under the radar. But wow, the magic it transmits is special. The case wears higher but felt perfectly balanced and proportional on my wrist. Ouch. It hurts. That is how good it was.... 

These are merely my initial morning after impressions and thought I would share along with some snapshots. Hope many here have or will have the opportunity to handle these pieces and share thoughts as well. 

A beautiful touch were the personalized travel cases, now I have one with my initials.... The meal was sumptuous but my photographing skills were not put to test as the dinner conversations made me forget to take pictures (sign of good company I suppose). Added some photos at the bottom taken as I arrived at the event

Best, K

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What a special evening indeed, very nice case ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป That 5204R does look super sharp. Thanks for the post, K.

 
 By: Raymond_S : August 10th, 2018-06:36
Is this an AD organized event? Has PP mention when delivery will start? Rgds Raymond
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Thanks Keks for the write-up ! I also very much liked the ...

 
 By: GLau : August 10th, 2018-07:28
5740G. IMO Its price point is based on 5976G
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Yes you are most likely correct...

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-12:08
Thanks!
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Thanks!

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-12:08
It was arranged by an AD together with Patek Philippe USA. Wonderfully executed.
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Thanks a lot Keks for this beautiful report --- Patek always knows how to organize a great evening! The personalized travel case is a really classy gift.;-) [nt]

 
 By: Fab5119R : August 10th, 2018-07:16
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Indeed!

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-12:09
Well done event and really like the travel case!
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great report , thanks [nt]

 
 By: Passionata_george : August 10th, 2018-09:15
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Thanks!!

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-12:09
Appreciate feedback
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Nice event!

 
 By: patrick_y : August 10th, 2018-10:03
Thank you for sharing your impressions!
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Thanks much!

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-12:10
Appreciate it!
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Frigging poetry. Thanks! [nt]

 
 By: Ivan5 : August 10th, 2018-13:21
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Thanks for reading!

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-20:40
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Thank you for the report and beautiful pictures!๐Ÿ‘

 
 By: 1WatchMan : August 10th, 2018-14:04
During my latest Patek event, I had so much fun with the other aficionados and friends that I only managed to try a few watches on and take some dirty pictures at the very end on the party. And by the way, no travel case here ๐Ÿ˜ญ
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Ouch no personalized travel case! ;)

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-20:39
Yes just like how I have photo gaps of the meals... but post meal I had to handle some of the pieces present....
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No travel case at all ๐Ÿ˜ญ

 
 By: 1WatchMan : August 11th, 2018-00:09
Btw, are these new travel cases big enough? I'm asking because I have an older one, shiny dark brown, that I only use for thin watches.
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I suspect same case...

 
 By: keks : August 11th, 2018-07:39
Works perfectly well for me but I have tried with any large watch (>42mm)
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Looks like the same case

 
 By: 1WatchMan : August 11th, 2018-11:42
I don't use it with my 5164 for instance, don't like to bend the rubber strap to much. Apart from that, the case is beautiful and the watches are very well secured inside.
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K, thank you for a great review.

 
 By: 5980 : August 10th, 2018-17:36
Very interesting to hear your thoughts of what clearly was a fantastic evening. While the Nautilus QP is stunning (and on order!), I agree with your assessment of the 5204R. Just a showstopping piece. Thank you!
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Wow

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-20:36
Very thrilled for you getting the qp! It is amazing! Looking forward to seeing it here soon!
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โ€œSoonโ€ may prove difficult ๐Ÿ˜” [nt]

 
 By: 5980 : August 16th, 2018-19:18
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Yep, 5204R. Done. Thanks for sharing, those guys at London put out a good spread! [nt]

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : August 10th, 2018-17:47
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Yup

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-20:37
London and Patek USA was there to impress. And fail they did not. Happy you agree on the 5204R... pure magic to me!
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Looks like you had a great time...

 
 By: samwan : August 10th, 2018-19:05
The souvenir does look super nice! Sam
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It wasnโ€™t great

 
 By: keks : August 10th, 2018-20:38
It was greater Yes the travel cases were much appreciated by all attendees!
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Very nice much better then going to Basel ๐Ÿค—

 
 By: FRAMII : August 11th, 2018-02:26
I can understand why big watch makers want to stop being at the basel fair, events like this is in my opinion much more effective
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Indeed effective..

 
 By: keks : August 11th, 2018-07:38
But Basel is meant to be a show for media and retailers while these events are for potential end customers. But I do agree that for Patek to do โ€œtrunk showโ€ events where customers can physically handle products that generally are difficult to experience i... 
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what a great evening! [nt]

 
 By: Baron - Mr Red : August 11th, 2018-02:43
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Certainly was ...

 
 By: keks : August 11th, 2018-07:38
Thanks!
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very nice! but the question

 
 By: thomaspp : August 17th, 2018-07:48
remains: which, if any, would you buy? Have a good weekend!
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Well....

 
 By: keks : August 18th, 2018-01:02
A budget question as the spread in price from high to low is quite substantial.... my two favs are the least and most pricey of the four.... will I buy any, well depends on what I deserve this year...
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The Aquanaut Chrono seems to be a killer... [nt]

 
 By: amanico : August 17th, 2018-22:46
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It really is...

 
 By: keks : August 18th, 2018-01:03
If size is not an issue of course... by a cool looker for sure!!
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I've purchased 5 Pateks and have yet to be invited to any events. What is the threshold for an invitation? [nt]

 
 By: Katzky1 : August 27th, 2018-14:58
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Normally it's your AD who puts you in the list

 
 By: 1WatchMan : August 27th, 2018-15:16
So it depends on your relationship with your AD and the number of "good clients" it has. I don't know if there is any rule or guidance from Patek itself.
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Ad

 
 By: keks : August 27th, 2018-23:19
You should let your AD know you would be interested in events like these. Generally AD arranges these things locally and coordinates with their Patek rep. I am sure your AD will send an invite your way next time if they only know you are interested!
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the leap year doesn't appear to be centered on the 5270P

 
 By: fallanden_ch : September 27th, 2018-06:15
I noticed from the picture that the leap year "3" is not centered on the 5270P in the photo. I hope that is just a photographic error.
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