Wednesday Hump Day Fun Fact # 50 !!!
Posted by Daubin Barshtak on June 25, 2014.
(Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Split Second Chronograph, Model # 5004G)
The perpetual calendar is one of the most useful and intricate complications in all of horology. With the perpetual calendar you can track the date, day, month, year, leap year, and sometimes even the century and millennium. Thanks to the varying lengths of the months and those pesky leap years, a perpetual calendar watch has a plethora of gears that turn multiple times per second to only once every four years or more. As such, this is a watch that will not require any adjustments until the year 2100, considering leap years are skipped at the turn of a century.
Perpetual calendars are typically elegant and dressy, which you might attribute to their usually high price tags, and the perpetual calendar chronographs from Patek Philippe are some of the most sought after watches of all time. That said, Jaeger-LeCoultre has also released an elegant perpetual calendar in stainless steel, one of the few dressy perpetuals to come in under $30,000, and IWC has produced a number of interesting perpetuals over the years, including the Da Vinci, the Portuguese, and the Ingenieur Digital Date-Month.