She’s a corker, isn’t she? This is a watch that might just bring yellow gold back into fashion single-handedly, and for me the combination of the yellow case and sunburst-brushed brown dial is as gorgeous as it is unexpected.
While I had my friend’s watch for shooting, I spent a lot of time simply holding it at different angles to the light and watching the bright area sweep around the dial.
I think that the use of all yellow gold for the hands and indices was also an inspired choice; while legibility suffers just a tiny bit in some light conditions, you can always turn your wrist for a clearer view and the yellow-on-brown look is really harmonious in my view, with the use of white for the printed indications giving a bit of welcome visual kick.
Closer inspection of the dial reveals that this J version shares the updated visual cues of the other London/Vintage Collection 5070 variants when compared to the standard-production 5070, including a different font for the brand logo, smaller numerals on the running seconds subdial, and differently shaped printed numerals for 1, 7, and some of the 4s.
On the back side, we’re greeted by the lovely Lémania-based Caliber CH 27-70 movement with its Geneva Seal. Unlike the newer in-house Patek Philippe chronograph movement, we see some interior angles on the 27-70, and I’ll confess that I’m quite taken with the radial brushing on the traditional Patek column-wheel cap.
While the wide rear bezel gives a hint that the movement is perhaps a bit small in diameter for the assertive 507x family case, overall I like what I see on the rear of the watch – and with its somewhat busy dial design, perfect Patek Philippe replica has managed to use a movement of this size without making the dial-side display look cross-eyed as a result.
For comparison purposes, I set up some shots of the 5070J next to my Reference 5170P. Both have their significant merits, but as you can see, the size and framing of the 5170’s Caliber CH 29-535 PS place it much more front and center than the slightly withdrawn position of the CH 27-70.
While I was at it, I pulled out my own yellow gold Patek Philippe, the Reference 2526 “Gobbi Milano,” for a comparison shot. It might be the brown dial creating a bit of an illusion, but to my eye the yellow gold of the 5070 almost looks to have a bit of a cinnamon tint. Illusion or not, I think that the 5070 stands up quite well to its notable forebear.
And once all of the light tent work was done, I did sneak the 5070J onto my wrist for a quick walk into the back garden to grab a wristshot.