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Perpetual calendars are starting to become somewhat of a recurring theme here on The Watch Lounge, and with a good reason. Whilst they may not be the most exotic they are arguably one of the most practical complications out there and definitely worth the extra money. Earlier this week we took a look at A. Lange & Sohne’s incredible 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar and last week it was the uber-refined Quantième Perpétuel from F.P. Journe.
Today we go hands on with a lesser-known player from almost the complete opposite end of the spectrum, the undeniably modern Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel from relative newcomer Antoine Martin. They may not have the history of the bigger brands to back them up but they certainly have the know how, as we quickly discovered.
I think it’s probably fair to say that every serious watch enthusiast wants to have at least one Patek Philippe in their collection, I know I certainly do. Widely considered by many as the benchmark in the world of high-end mechanical watches, the brand’s limited annual production combined with the constant demand for their products means that even the world’s most affluent sometimes have to wait patiently for their opportunity to join the exclusive owner’s club.
Even for those of us who know we will probably never acquire one of the fabled rare references or uber-complicated pieces, the attraction remains just as strong. Why? Well, quite simply because Patek Philippe just makes exceptional timepieces, like the newly revised Ref. 5726 Nautilus Annual Calendar.