Best of the Best 2011: Men's Watches: Patek Philippe 5170 Chronograph

    With the Patek Philippe 5170 Chro­nograph (212.218.1240, www.patek.com),the company has significantly upgraded the lateral-clutch chronograph, a design that has been valued for its beauty and history, though not its performance, which modern configurations have surpassed. About 3 mm smaller than its predecessor—the well-collected 5070—and displaying many design elements from the 1940s and ’50s, the $75,300 manual-wind watch looks like a throwback. But thanks to Patek Philippe’s research into the intricacies of gear-tooth profiles and counter-cam and reset-hammer configurations, the watch’s chronograph hands behave well enough to satisfy all but the most persnickety quibblers. Best of all, the movement maintains the fantastic architecture that is a most desirable sight for watch enthusiasts.

    Guests are taught to make timepieces surrounded by one of the largest selections of Rolex around…
    Gemstones reign supreme in this jewel of a collection inspired by the landscape of Provence…
    It is safe to say the 500-year-old craft of watchmaking is poised for a revolution...
    Arnold & Son reenvisions its founder’s 18th-century clocks through contemporary eyes…
    Lambert explains Montblanc’s considered approach to embracing the smart watch…
    FREE PREVIEW: The Dior VIII Grand Bal Pièce Unique (2014 Editions) is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best...
    Having sold out in a matter of months, the limited-edition release will be available again July 1…
    Drawing from diverse themes, all five one-of-a-kind watches take extravagance to the next level…
    Developed completely in-house, the watch’s racecar roots keep its design on track…
    The device can measure a watch’s accuracy rate to within 0.1 second per day…