Your most amazing watch just got more amazing, and your outfit is also amazing. Sometimes, Frilly, your awesomeness is almost enough to piss me off.
After reading your post I looked up their collection online (and loved those ships, as I said, among other things), and was happy to find there is a local AD. I know the owner a little, actually. The rest of their stuff is a bit underwhelming - Eberhard, Perrelet, Graham...
But these I like. They were closed today when I passed by, so sorry for the lame window pic. I shall return, however, and tyre-kick for the good of TWATdom.
So, the news that Patek's currently produced perpetual calendar chronograph - the 5270 in white gold - has been discontinued does appear to be true. Multiple sources, not counting the Patek USA officials I've spoken with. Picture of the 5270G for your reference:
I have never been a huge fan of this piece's design for a variety of reasons. The smooshed "27" and "5" by the moonphase; the decision to move the AM/PM indicator and the leap year indicator down to "7:30" and "5:30," respectively (which for me destroyed the symmetry of having two hands on each subdial mirroring the hour and minute hands); etc. Pluses? The new CH29-535 movement appears to be technically superior to the old Lemania-based CH27-70. Other pluses too, but I won't go into that right now.
But here's the point of this post: there is other news floating around that a limited edition of this version of the 5270 will be made available (see below). I am not interested enough in this reference to actually personally track down the veracity of these claims, although I do have two friends who both own 5270G's, who both recently spoke to the two top-ranking Patek USA officers based in New York, and who both say that this design is indeed slated for production.
Now, it could just be the artist's rendering here. This could look much different in the final version. I am as big a fan of various Patek references as the next rabid Patek fan out there. Maybe I am predisposed in a certain way given that I'm not particularly in love with the original 5270G's design in the first place.
OK, I will stop this post here and weigh in later. What do you guys think? Remember - given that this is Patek, and that this is replacing a perpetual calendar chronograph reference retailing at $177K+, and that this will supposedly be marketed as a limited edition piece... well, it's going to be very expensive.
Have at it.
P.S. No, I did not do anything to distort that picture. That tach bending at the bottom is what's floating around out there as the design.
I like the separate leap year and day/night indicators. But the rest is just...clumsy? Not a word I'd normally associate with PP by any stretch. I mean, I like that they're trying to freshen things up a bit, but when the 3970 was already so lovely, why make the subdial layout not work any more? And they should make the new one in platinum anyway.
This = fail. Frilly's 3970p = win.