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IW RATING SYSTEM LEGEND

PATEK PHILIPPE
50-59 :
One of the finest examples in the high watchmaking category .
60 :
Perfection . An unattainable score .
Ref . 5303R-001 Minute Repeater Tourbillon ( continued )
THE CASE The watch ’ s 42mm rose-gold case features a wide polished bezel framing a black-lacquered sapphire-crystal rim . Notably , Patek Philippe has placed leaf-shaped white-gold inlays along the watch ’ s the sides ( including the repeater slide ) and the sides of the lugs . This somewhat surprising naturalistic design element – also seen shaping the white gold , black-lacquered hands – nicely balances the watch ’ s contemporary skeleton caliber .
The Patek Philippe Ref . 5303R-001 Minute Repeater Tourbillon emphasizes both Patek Philippe ’ s mastery of the minute repeater and the depth of its artisanal arsenal .
Now available in limited production ( though not as a limited edition ) without the initial model ’ s red-tinted accents , this chiming watch will undoubtedly attract serious collectors who seek both Patek Philippe ’ s technical acumen as well as its own brand of contemporary aesthetic rolled up in one highly complicated watch .
Price : Upon request .
IW RATING
Design : 8 ( out of 10 ) Appeals to fans of contemporary dials .
Innovation : 9 A 2019 premiere dial-side repeater for this brand , now in new dress .
Finissage : 9 Top notch .
Legibility : 8 Openwork layout is busy .
Rarity : 9 Made as production allows .
Value : 9 Will maintain exclusivity and retain collector interest .
Overall iW rating : 52 ( out of 60 )
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