If Watches & Wonders is anything to go by, 2022 is looking like the year the Chronograph gets its due. Where many brands such as TAG Heuer and OMEGA have been plugging the multi-function timepiece for years, some traditional watchmakers have stayed firmly in their lane. Grand Maison Patek Philippe is not one of them. For the watch trade show this year, the brand unveiled 13 new timepieces, however, the standout release was the 1/10th Second Monopusher Chronograph, a sporty play on the high-performance grand complication.
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Aside from simply looking stunning, the new Patek Philippe 1/10th Second Monopusher Chronograph Ref. 5470P-001 marks a significant first for the iconic brand. The breakthrough release is the only chronograph wristwatch in the Patek lineup capable of measuring and displaying tenths of seconds, a truly remarkable achievement that hasn’t come without effort. The Swiss brand confirmed that a whooping 31 patents were used for this timepiece, seven of which are completely new to this reference.
Functionality aside, the Patek Philippe 1/10th Second Monopusher Chronograph makes use of every bit of its 183-year heritage to power the precise movement. Inside the 41mm platinum case, you’ll find the manually-wound calibre CH29-535 PS 1/10 chronograph movement steering the proverbial ship via a column-wheel control. This piece of technology is further accentuated by the instantaneous 30-minute counter and the incredible 10ths-of-a-second module for measurements.
To make the new piece work, Patek turned to its patented Oscillomax system, which utilises the unusual GyromaxSi balance. Made from silicon, the system has a strange butterfly shape that encompasses the new calibre, however, it still maintains the adjustable weights for timing found in Patek’s other balance sets. While you could argue these elements are only interesting to avid collectors, that’s likely to be the only people who ever catch a glimpse of the new timepiece in the flesh.
The 1/10th Second Monopusher Chronograph is expected to be a limited-edition release, with no specific price detailed at the moment. Considering the amount of work that would go into assembling the stunning blend of traditional and contemporary watchmaking practices, the number of units produced would have to be slim to none. Nevertheless, the latest release simply confirms a long-held theory among watch fans – wherever there is an industry benchmark, Patek Philippe will sit proudly above it.
Patek Philippe 1/10th Second Monopusher Chronograph Ref. 5470P-001 Specs
Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: 1/10th Second Monopusher Chronograph
Reference Number: Ref. 5470P-001
Water Resistance: 30 metre
Calibre: Calibre CH 29-535 PS 1/10
Power Reserve: 48 hours