The reference 5004 demonstrates somewhat of a juxtaposition in aesthetic. The watch itself is complicated, the case however, crisp and understated, and the design of the dial favours beauty and efficiency over busyness, or worse, fussiness.
The combination of the two form the perfect, almost minimalist, housing for the split second chronograph and perpetual calendar complications fuelled by Nouvelle Lemania's calibre CHR 27-70Q.
Production of the reference started in 1995 and finished in 2009. Currently, only 40 examples of the platinum version have appeared at auction. The end of the reference 5004's 13 year life-span marks the last use an out-of-house movement, its successor, the 5204, being powered by the in-house calibre CHR 29-535 PS Q.
The split seconds chronograph allows the simultaneous measurement of multiple events beginning at the same time and employs Patek Philippe's patented split seconds disengagement mechanism, accurate within a fraction of a second. The perpetual calendar function features a 24-hour display, leap year indication and precision moon-phases device.
For an example of the reference, see Huber, M & Banbery, A., Patek Philippe Wristwatches, p. 312, Vol. II, Second Edition.
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