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Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 6300G Review

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 With Father’s Day upon us, the dad’s on the editorial team decided to discover the ultimate Father’s Day gift. And here is what they came back with – a $2.25 million watch.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 6300G

Retail Price:  USD $2.25 – $2.3 Million

Yes, ladies and gents. That is not a typo. The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 6300 retails in the range of $2.25 to $2.3 million USD, depending on the exchange rate at any given time. It is the first grande-sonnerie wristwatch ever added to the company’s current collection. Featuring a reversible case in white gold decorated with the manufacturer’s typical hobnail pattern, this opus showcases 20 complications, including five chiming modes, two of which are patented acoustic world debuts. It is one of the most complicated wristwatches of our era and with certainty also the world’s greatest mechanical strikework marvel for the wrist.

What do you get for $2.25 million? Read on …

Extremely complicated, very simple, and highly sonorous

The Grandmaster Chime 6300 is one of the most complicated watches in the world. Not only because of its 20 complications, but also because of the nature of its horological challenges, among them six patented innovations. Moreover, it is a double-face wristwatch that can be worn with either dial facing up: the one that focuses on the time and the sonnerie, and the other that is dedicated to the full instantaneous perpetual calendar. Reversing the face is very convenient thanks to an ingenious mechanism between the lugs. It is easy to operate and securely locks the case in the selected position. The most important information, such as the time and the date, is displayed on both dials.  User- friendliness is guaranteed by intelligent backup mechanisms that largely prevent inadvertent manipulations and thus reliably protect the highly complex movement with its countless tiny parts. Each caliber consists of 1,366 parts and each case of 214 separate parts, bringing the total number of components for each Grandmaster Chime to 1,580.

The sound makes the supercomplication

The array of acoustic complications includes a Grande and a Petite Sonnerie, a minute repeater, an acoustic alarm with the indication of the preset alarm time, and a date repeater that strikes the date on demand. The time chimes are struck on three gongs, producing a clear, voluminous, and easily perceptible sound.

Grande and Petite Sonnerie

The Grande and Petite Sonnerie are functions that automatically strike the time every quarter hour: the hour count at the top of every hour and then the hour count followed by the quarter-hour count on every quarter (Grande Sonnerie) or just the quarter-hour count without the hours (Petite Sonnerie). A separate double strikework spring barrel with a power reserve of 30 hours assures that these time strikes can be executed for a whole day without requiring the watch to be rewound in shorter intervals. Remarkably, this was accomplished even though the quarter-hours are sounded not on two but instead on three gongs with different triple tone sequences.

Minute repeater, alarm, and date repeater

The double strikework barrel also delivers the energy for the minute repeater, which on demand strikes the hours and quarter-hours as well as the minutes that have elapsed since the last quarter-hour. The alarm strikes the alarm time by reproducing the complete tone sequence of the minute repeater, with exactly the same sound quality. This is a function never before integrated in a mechanical wristwatch. The patented date repeater is all new as well. It is triggered with a pusher in the case flank. It sounds ten-day intervals with a double high-low strike and the remaining days with a high strike: the 23rd of a month is indicated with a ding-dong ding-dong followed by ding-ding-ding.

A new double-face case with a hobnail design

The Grandmaster Chime 6300 reveals at first sight that it is a new, distinctive creation. Its prominent white-gold case is decorated with a manually guilloched hobnail pattern seen only rarely in Patek Philippe’s grand complication watches. The aesthetic exterior elements, from the mechanically elaborate case and the dials to the clasp reflect artisanal perfection and true engineering artistry. The reversing mechanism between the lugs is a technical masterpiece in its own right; it guarantees that the watch can be worn with either dial facing up at any time.

The center of the black shimmering white-gold dial is decorated with a manually guilloched hobnail motif. The applied Breguet numerals in white gold, white printed scales, and white-gold hands assure optimized legibility. Although with opposite contrasts, this also applies to the opaline white dial of the perpetual calendar which groups four black subsidiary dials with black-oxidized steel hands around the centered four-digit year display in its discreet white-gold frame.

A user-friendly detail: The push pieces in the case flank are labeled with self-explanatory engravings. The function displays on the black dial  strikework mode, crown position, alarm mode, strikework isolator, power reserves of movement and strikework barrels) also provide clear and well-organized information concerning the individual functions and the selected modes of the watch. Demonstrating that even a mechanical super-complication can be a “smart watch” – an intelligent, easy-to-use timepiece.

Coordinated with the black/white duality of its dials, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 6300 in 18K white gold is worn on a shiny black alligator strap with large square scales and hand-stitched contrast seams secured by an 18K white-gold fold-over clasp.

The Watch:

  • Double-faced reversible wristwatch
  • Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie, minute repeater
  • Strikework mode display (Silence/ Grande Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
  • Alarm with time strike
  • Date repeater
  • Movement power-reserve indicator
  • Strikework power-reserve indicator
  • Strikework isolator indicator
  • Second time zone
  • Second time zone day/night indicator
  • Instantaneous perpetual calendar
  • Display of day and month
  • Date display (on both dials)
  • Leap year cycle
  • Four-digit year display
  • Moon phases
  • 24-hour and minute subdial
  • Crown position indicator (winding [R], alarm setting [A], timesetting [H])
  • Time side: ebony black opaline dial, gold applied Breguet numerals, hand-guilloched hobnail-patterned center
  • Calendar side: silvery opaline dial
  • 18K solid gold dial plates
  • Alligator strap with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny black, fold-over clasp
  • Reversible case with hand-guilloched hobnail-patterned decoration, protected against moisture and dust ingress, not water resistant
  • White gold
  • Case diameter: 47.4 mm

Caliber:

  • Manually wound mechanical movement
  • Caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM
  • Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie, minute repeater
  • Strikework mode display (Silence/ Grande Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
  • Alarm with time strike
  • Date repeater
  • Instantaneous perpetual calendar
  • Movement power-reserve indicator
  • Strikework power-reserve indicator
  • Strikework isolator indicator
  • Second time zone
  • Second time zone day/night indicator
  • Display of day and month
  • Date display (on both dials)
  • Leap year cycle
  • Four-digit year display
  • 24-hour and minute subdial
  • Crown position indicator (winding [R], alarm setting [A], timesetting [H])
  • Moon phases
  • Diameter: 37 mm
  • Height: 10.7 mm
  • Number of parts: 1,366
  • Movement power-reserve: 72 hours
  • Strikework power-reserve: 30 hours
  • Balance: Gyromax®
  • Frequency: 25,200 semi-oscillations/ hour (3.5 Hz)
  • Balance spring: Spiromax®
  • Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal

The 20 complications

  1. Grande Sonnerie
  2. Petite Sonnerie
  3. Minute repeater
  4. Strikework mode display (Silence/Grand Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
  5. Alarm with time strike
  6. Date repeater
  7. Movement power-reserve indicator
  8. Strikework power-reserve indicator
  9. Strikework isolator display
  10. Second time zone
  11. Second time zone day/night indicator
  12. Instantaneous perpetual calendar
  13. Day-of-week display
  14. Month display
  15. Date display (on both dials)
  16. Leap year cycle
  17. Four-digit year display
  18. 24-hour and minute subdial
  19. Moon phase
  20. Crown position indicator (RAH)

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