Patek Philippe World Time 5110P: 18 years of pleasure.

Nov 02, 2022,08:22 AM

The 5110P is the second watch to be in my collection for such a long time, the first being the Ulysse Nardin Sonata which I received on the 23rd of July... 2004.

This is one of these few watches which gives me such a strong pleasure and satisfaction. Each time I have it on my wrist, I know why I dreamed about it since the first day of its unveiling, and why I bought it on the 2d of November 2004.

I browsed the Patek Catalogue from 1998, and in 2000, when I saw it appearing, it was an instantaneous coup de coeur ( love affair ). I knew I had to get it. At that moment, I dreamed about the 5110G, I didn't even dare thinking that one day I could get the platinum version! ( Image credit: Christies )

The good thing is that each time I saw a new Patek World time coming, 5130, 5230, 5575, 5131 or 5231, they made me think that I would NEVER let go of my beloved 5110 to get the newcomer. On the contrary, it made me realize how much I loved it! 

Ok, I am not saying that I would not welcome a 5131 G or P, but not at the point of sacrificing my 5110, which most probably means a lot. 

I added, in 2006, a 5130G, but it didn't resist my 5110P. It was bigger, most probably cooler, but the 5110P had the advantage of keeping a good size ratio between the dial and the case and... I found that the decoration of the dial was more to my taste. To make it short, the 5130 is cooler when the 5110 is more elegant and refined, at least in my opinion. Two different playgrounds.

5130G, and P: 

All through these years, I realized that the 5110P corresponds better to me and my tastes than any other Patek World Time. 

Its dial is a pure rapture, with its " sunflower " guilloché:

The hands are sumptuous, too, even if I must admit a strong fascination for the hour scissor hand of the 5130:

The complication is a perpetual invitation to travel. 

And the Cal 240 HU is one of this iconic movements from Patek, quite eye catching: 

For those who think that 37 mm is a tad small, I would just say, and prove, that it perfectly sits on a 17 cm wrist... 

The long lugs compliment in a perfect way the case, in my opinion, once again.

Could we find a flaw on the 5110? Yes, only one, I think: The pusher at 10 o' clock. Each time you use it, the hours and city rings are shaking in not such a pleasant way... And it is not very smooth. But it is not a " love breaker ". You get used to it and you live with it. The rest of this watch is such a wonder. 

Presence, distinction, refinement, class... No wonder why this 5110 has quickly become a Classic and an Icon. And once again, a strong love affair. 

Happy 18th Birthday to my beloved 5110P!



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Wow! What a wonderful watch!

 By: patrick_y : November 2nd, 2022-08:32
I didn't know the interior guilloche resembled a sunflower! Good to know. The 5110J/R/P and 5130 R/P are my favorite WorldTimes. Just extraordinary.

Happy birthday

 By: tombub : November 2nd, 2022-08:33
A monster, a icon, a beauty ...  

We are spoiled to have it.

 By: amanico : November 2nd, 2022-10:44

Happy birthday - and look forward to the coming years!

 By: lm6 : November 2nd, 2022-09:11
Nicely written post and excellent photos. The 5110P is truly an amazing piece!

I knew you would like that!

 By: amanico : November 2nd, 2022-10:45


 By: brauner : November 3rd, 2022-17:28


 By: amanico : November 3rd, 2022-17:32

Superb Nicolas, as I’ve said before I love this watch.

 By: Jay (Eire) : November 2nd, 2022-11:48
My first Patek love too, but have not yet owned one. To me it’s the potential of what the watch offers, to travel the world, even if in your mind only, which is really what I love. Of course others have WT function and you may recall I did own the JLC EWC... 

Dear Nico, it is always a pleasure to see your posts on this 5110P beauty

 By: BuffaloWatch : November 2nd, 2022-11:55
Your thoughtful photos and especially your warm words not only help us appreciate your watches from your perspective -- they give us insights to appreciate about our own collection. Enjoy your treasured World Time today and always. I will wear my 5230R to... 

A virtual handshake across the globe

 By: BuffaloWatch : November 2nd, 2022-15:58

Superbly said!

 By: amanico : November 2nd, 2022-19:51


 By: blau : November 2nd, 2022-14:03
Seeing Nico appreciate his 5110 helps me better appreciate my own! The 'P' is the perfect version for him, the 'G' for me.

Merci, Blau.

 By: amanico : November 2nd, 2022-19:51

I can understand why you love this watch so much : a very significant PP.

 By: jlux : November 2nd, 2022-13:27
The proportions are just perfect : dial opening vs. case width/height and lug-to-lug : much better than any of the successors! About ten years ago I was very very close to get this watch : still having regrets .... Best, Gerard

Gorgeous watch

 By: andrea~ : November 2nd, 2022-14:22
you have the goldilocks reference, with the beautiful blue dial

Grazie, Andrea.

 By: amanico : November 3rd, 2022-00:47

Thanks for this superb report. Its understandable that Patek became todays queen of watchmaking given how superb their early 2000s were.

 By: Reuven Malter : November 2nd, 2022-15:03
The P is the best Wt for sure! Id love to have the 5396 Sector dial, that would be my classic!

Thanks, Reuven.

 By: amanico : November 3rd, 2022-00:47

Happy 18th anniversary 🎉🎉🎉

 By: Watcholic_id : November 2nd, 2022-15:47
And thanks for sharing such a fantastic reviews, Nico! I can totally understand all those feelings 😊 Cheers

She is beautiful, and continues to age so well!

 By: KCLQMULKU : November 2nd, 2022-18:40
18 years is impressive. And you know what they say, you never really own a 5110P... 😉

Thanks, Geo.

 By: amanico : November 3rd, 2022-00:48

18 years… I can see why.

 By: RabidManatee : November 2nd, 2022-23:47
Functional, but with something extra that makes it special. I always enjoy seeing these.

A huge congratulations on owning such a special threesome and a big thank you for sharing your wonderful story, analysis and

 By: patekova : November 3rd, 2022-00:25
extraordinarily beautiful images. But a MUCH MUCH bigger thank you and appreciation for 300,000 + posts!!! That is a truly mind boggling number. It shows how much heart, soul and effort you put into acknowledging and responding to virtually all other post... 

Thanks for your post

 By: bsandovalb : November 3rd, 2022-01:48
One can feel your passion for this outstanding icon.. and I cannot agree more... perhaps one day, I will "upgrade" to a 5110p, meanwhile, cannot be happier with the G brother ...  

Hi Nicolas, Happy anniversary to you and your 5110P !

 By: GLau : November 3rd, 2022-10:08
Fantastic to read about your passion for this reference and glad to know that this watch is a keeper ! Just to add some spice into your relationship, below is photo of a sibling. ...  

Congrats Nico!

 By: cmclee : November 3rd, 2022-13:13
And I agree with the pros and cons you mentioned for other WT references. For myself, it is the scissors hand and the center sunburst dial that won me over despite the proportion. The movement is also slightly more refined when adjusting the time zones. ...  

For me at least…

 By: Andy_Mac : November 3rd, 2022-15:00
..if I had to have only one watch. It may well be a Patek World Time. Stunning 🤩