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In order for a Perpetual Calendar to accurately display months with 31, 30 and 28 days and allow for 29 days in February each leap year, the movement must have an incredible mechanical ‘memory’ of four years – or 1461 days. This requires a highly sophisticated mechanism, based on a complex system of levers and cams pivoting around axes.

Perpetual Calendars have been associated with Patek Philippe since the company earliest days. As far back as 1870, owning one of the manufacture’s perpetual calendar pocket watches was a status conferring possession. In 1889, company founder Jean Adrien Phillipe’s flair for mechanical invention was recognised, with Swiss patent No. 1018, which protected his design of a Perpetual Calendar movement.

However, by the beginning of the 20th century people began experimenting with a new type of watch, one worn on the wrist rather than in the waistcoat pocket. By the mid-1920s Patek Philippe could no longer ignore the forces of change and began to make wristwatches in regular numbers. By 1924 wristwatches accounted for 8% of their production. While pocket watches were aptly equipped to house a Perpetual Calendar’s extremely complex mechanism, it was a far greater challenge to consider its introduction in the wristwatch’s with a much smaller case, subject to far more wear and tear.

Ever the champions of innovation, Patek Philippe rose to the challenge and in 1925 introduced the world’s first perpetual calendar wristwatch, the Ref. 97 975. Remarkable, with a quartet of sub-dials symmetrically placed like the points of a compass and blue-steel ‘spade’ hands tracing the time around the elegant dial, the Ref. 97 975 established the foundations of Patek Philippe’s position as master of the complicated wristwatch.

Fast forward 93 years and the Perpetual Calendar remains as popular as ever and in the current collection there are two main ways of reading the dial. On the Royal-blue sunburst face of the Ref. 5327G, the day, date and month are perfectly legible on three subsidiary dials. Alternatively, the rose gold Ref. 5496R, displays the day and month in apertures at 9 and 3 o’clock, while a retrograde hand traces the date across the silvery opaline dial.

Another piece of particular interest is the Ref. 7140G, Patek Philippe’s answer to recent increased demand for Ladies mechanical watches, with Grand Complications. On the Ref. 7140G, or Ladies First Perpetual Calendar, three subsidiary dials display the date across a silvery, sunburst surface, outlined by the feminine touch of 68 exquisite diamonds.  The shiny grey alligator strap can be exchanged for an eye-catching turquoise which perfectly accents the dial’s delicate glimmer.

At this year’s Baselworld, Patek Philippe launched the Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5740/1G, the first watch in the iconic Nautilus collection to house a Grand Complication. The correctors are ingeniously integrated into the Nautilus case design, the slender style of which lends itself perfectly to the famous ultra-thin calibre 240 Q, making the 7140/1G, at only 8,42mm in height, the thinnest Perpetual Calendar Patek Philippe have ever made. No recent development from the manufacture better demonstrates the Perpetual Calendar’s enduring appeal.

To view and try on these pieces, speak to in-house specialists and learn more about the unique history behind each design visit the Patek Philippe Salon at 16 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 3SU.


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Welcome to the Art Lux, a home that embodies modern day features with an artist’s touch.  The home itself is a lake front property in the heart of Westchester County, NY.  On 3.94 acres with views from every angle, it would be difficult to not sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

  • The home was originally built in 2008 with custom finishes through out. When arriving at the home you will notice the blue stone driveway with room to fit up to 20 parked car as well as the blue stone walls. The exterior finishes such as natural stained cedar siding, cherry wood doors, copper gutters, lintels, flashing and parts of the arched roof were all custom in the building of this home. With the terrain of this property, landscaping is a must, in which trees, flowers, gardens have all been planted through out as well as a state of the art sprinkler system.
  • As we move to the interior of the home, we have a total of 6,800 square feet with an additional 1,300 square feet in the basement that was recently renovated. The home features four bedrooms but lives like five, with a total of eight bathrooms, five full and three half bathrooms. As you walk through the home, you will see plenty of natural light shining through from all of the windows and high ceiling height.   Take the time to also enjoy one of five balconies in the home, one of which connects from the main patio, to the master suite, then to the walk out basement.
  • Details of the home were not missed, including the California closets in every closet, radiant floor heating in the bathrooms, kitchen, family room & basement. Upon entering the kitchen you will see the finished floors of limestone tile, sub zero refrigerator, freezer & wine cooler. A wolff stove top a Miele double oven, built in cappuccino machine, two dishwashers, as well as three sinks in the kitchen. Along side the kitchen you will see a gas fire places with two more fireplaces in the home, one gas and one wood burning.  You will find granite & marble stone through out the home, in many different ways, along with the engineered tiger hardwood floors.
  • Don’t be blinded by just the interior finishes of the home, the framework and core is state of the art level. The home boasts five zones of central air, two boilers, two 330 gallon above ground oil tanks, reserved septic system, a water treatment center and an extra hot water heater. Don’t worry about the power turning off since the entire home is already wired for a generator.
  • The Art Lux is the perfect home for those who love to entertain or just those want to enjoy themselves. The basement, 1300 square feet was recently renovated with a state of the art entertainment system, a built in bar and kitchenette area as well as gym. With the design of the home, you  are able to walk out the basement and walk to the front of the home on the blue stone walkway.  Grab a cup of coffee and a good book, because you wont be wanting to leave anytime soon!

For more information, contact:

Helen Nezaj
(718) 365-4310

Welcome to the Art Lux, a home

Development will unite the two-acre campus, creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair

Art lovers have been out in force since the Royal Academy of Arts, the world’s foremost artist and architect-led institution, opened its new £56m campus in May as part of its 250th anniversary celebrations as the academy becomes a major cultural destination in central London, with year-round access to a significantly expanded public programme and with more space to make, debate and exhibit art and architecture than ever before.

One of the key features of the redevelopment is the new Weston Bridge between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and creating a new route between Piccadilly and Mayfair. The unified campus provides 70 per cent more public space than the RA’s original Burlington House footprint, enabling the RA to expand its exhibition and events programme, and to create new and free displays of art and architecture across the campus for visitors year-round.

Since 1768, the Royal Academy’s founding principle has been to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and architecture, which the RA has achieved through a programme of discussion and debate as well as exhibitions. The creation of the new 250-seat Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, the Clore Learning Centre and the restoration of the Wolfson British Academy Room, will give the RA permanent spaces for it to thrive as a hub of learning and debate well into the future.

A new public route through the campus will integrate the Royal Academy Schools, located at the very heart of the academy, into the visitors’ experience revealing the academy’s important role in arts education and its long tradition of training artists. The new Weston Studio, a public project space for students and alumni, and views of the Schools’ Corridor and the newly landscaped Lovelace Courtyard, will provide visitors with a greater insight into Britain’s longest established art school.

Christopher Le Brun, president, Royal Academy of Arts, said: “Royal Academicians are at the heart of everything we do – they govern the academy and, uniquely in the modern world for an organisation of this scale and significance, are responsible for its direction. British visual art and architecture has achieved outstanding international success in recent decades. The academy’s resurgence in the 21st century is demonstrated by the world-class quality of our current membership of painters, sculptors, architects and printmakers. The experience of the last few years would suggest the imminence of a golden age for the Royal Academy. Ultimately it will be for the public to judge, but I am confident they are about to experience a new, open and re-invigorated academy that matches our vision and will sustain our continuing contribution to the world of art and architecture for the next 250 years.”

Charles Saumarez Smith, secretary and chief executive, Royal Academy of Arts, said: “The physical transformation of the site will fundamentally change our almost 250-year old institution. We are, first and foremost, artist and architect-led, home to a community of the world’s greatest artists and architects, and a centre for training artists, with practitioners and an art school at our heart. This is not just a major building development; it is an undertaking which will transform the psychological, as well as the physical, nature of the academy. At long last, we will be able to open up the RA and share with the public more of our mission to promote the understanding, appreciation and practice of art and architecture.”

Development will unite the two-acre campus, creating

In 1932, the year in which brothers Charles and Jean Stern acquired Patek Philippe, the name of the manufacture’s prestigious symbol, the Calatrava cross, was given to a watch collection. The first true ‘family’ of watches Patek Philippe had created, the Calatrava quickly became a classic and is still regarded today as the brand’s most iconic collection.

The design was inspired by the Bauhaus movement, a German school of Arts based on the belief that ‘less is more’ and ‘form follows function’. Since the purpose of a watch is to tell the time, these principles discouraged any embellishments which could detract from the hands. The result was a watch which was at once beautiful and practical. Presented in a perfectly round case with a flat bezel and simple baton dial, the art of omission in the debut model Ref. 96, came to characterise the Calatrava’s understated, yet timeless style.

The collection has since evolved into numerous men’s and ladies models, in every metal from steel to platinum, with manually-wound or self-winding movements and some with discreet additions, such as date apertures or an additional time zone. However, in its 86-year history, the Calatrava’s personality has never changed. Impervious to short-lived trends, the collection has retained its essential simplicity and quiet distinction, recapturing each new generation along the way.

Wearers appreciate the Calatrava’s unique tendency to look just right, no matter the occasion. The understated design of the watches makes them eminently versatile. No oversized protrusion on the wrist or flashy, medallion of a timepiece but a sleek, elegant watch, the presence of which is made known only with a glimpse of its lugs beneath a shirt cuff.

Perhaps the most quintessential Calatrava is the Ref. 5119G, with a distinct, ‘Clous de Paris’ hobnail bezel, a motif dating back to the Middle Ages. The signature elegance of the gold case, framing a white lacquered dial, with black Roman numerals, has made this flagship model one of the most widely known watches of all time.

Connoisseurs also have a special affection for Officer’s-style Calatravas such as the Ref. 5153J, a traditional case form used by the manufacture since the outbreak of the First World War. Distinguished by straight lugs and a transparent case back, protected with a hinged dust cover, this is a watch crafted for a twenty-first century gentlemen with a deep respect for heritage.

One of the most significant moments in the Calatrava’s history, came at Baselworld in 2015, with the release of the Ref. 5524G. This watch paid tribute to historical pioneers of aviation by endowing a Calatrava with Patek Philippe’s patented Travel Time mechanism, which simultaneously displays the time across two time-zones. At this year’s Baselworld, this inimitable watch was released in a rose gold version, for men and, for the first time, for ladies.

Patek Philippe presents two distinct faces to the world, innovation and tradition. The Calatrava collection retains its links with the companies past and continually expresses the route of tradition. It is not the manufacture’s most technical collection nor its most extravagant, but no other watches lend truer expression to Patek Philippe’s iconic and timeless style.

To view and try on these pieces, speak to in-house specialists and learn more about the unique history behind each design visit the Patek Philippe Salon at 16 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 3SU.

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