Patek Philippe Calatrava, three words that alone express the elegance that luxury watchmaking can achieve.
If you enjoy fine watchmaking, surely you know one of the most mythical lines of the iconic Swiss Watch Manufacturer, Patek Philippe Calatrava is a symbol, and probably one of the best examples of what every Swiss manufacturer aspires to achieve, a line that last over time, become a reference and also improve over the years.
This week we take a look at the classic features of the Patek Philippe Calatrava and evaluate three of its latest models, to see that this line of luxury watches continues to amaze lovers of haute horlogerie.
Basic characteristics of the Patek Philippe Calatrava collection
As with most of the most representative collections, talking about general characteristics is difficult because the models evolve and their basic designs vary.
In any case, the Patek Philippe Calatrava collection does base the vast majority of its models on a series of more or less similar characteristics.
Calatrava is the clear example of what we call a watch with pure lines. Few unnecessary embellishments, in very well defined watches from the case to the dial. The use of noble materials is an essential requirement for Patek Philippe, the Calatrava collection could not be an exception. If there is a recognizable element in all Calatrava models, it is the round case. Patek Philippe chooses this rounded shape to honor the most classic watchmaking designs. The sobriety in each of its designs is, without a doubt, the key concept for the Calatrava watch line.
Beyond these characteristics, there are very different Calatrava watches, with Arabic, bar, Roman numerals, with straps in different styles and colors, various movements, finishes, etc. However, all of them are recognizable, who knows about watches recognizes a Patek Philippe at first sight.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227
This watch is perhaps the best example of how a classic can be renewed without losing its essence.
At first glance, the Calatrava 5227 is an eminently classic watch. Yellow gold and dark leather strap, with traditional bar numbers. However, if we look at the details, we discover a contemporary watch, unthinkable a few decades ago due to its design.
The round geometry of the case is the basic condition to belong to the Patek Calatrava club, its flat and inclined bezel give it a renewed image, which crowns the case.
The officier type crown includes a back cover that protects the front of the case. It is true that today this extra protection is not necessary, but it is a beautiful tribute to the past.
The diameter chosen for this Calatrava is 39 mm, its height is 9.24 mm, to be considered one of the flattest watches in its segment, in addition, it must be taken into account that the back cover adds a millimeter thick. It is available in rose, white and yellow gold.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Weekly Calendar
One of the most outrageously new models that Patek Philippe has launched in recent years has been the Weekly Calendar, belonging to the Calatrava collection.
The steel case and the spectacular weekly calendar that runs along the dial are the two features that jump out at first, but there is much more.
Patek Philippe doesn't usually work on steel, but this exception has shown that it knows how to do it. The case measures 40mm. and is 11.18mm. thick, with a wide bevel and curved handles.
Vintage references are everywhere, from the background color of the dial to the strap, Patek Philippe has wanted to pay homage to the most classic watchmaking, through concentric markers, a method as ingenious as it is complex.
The two date hands mark the day of the week and the number of the week in relation to the annual total. In addition, it can be said that each of these watches is unique, since the writing of all the digits on the dial is done by hand.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200R
One of the virtues most acclaimed by Patek Philippe fans is their ability to design timeless ladies' watches. The Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200 R is just a sample, but it is an exceptional sample, of what PP can do to beautify a woman's wrist.
Round gold case, with recognizable Arabic numerals at first sight, and clean and extremely elegant lines. Thus defined, it meets all the characteristics that a piece that wants to belong to the Calatrava universe should have, but in addition to its exterior design, this women's watch hides much more.
This watch simply expresses the hours and minutes, the only indicators shown on the dial. Its case, therefore, is extra-flat and houses an automatic mechanism, caliber 240. The crocodile leather strap is the perfection of round case watches, distinctive of the Calatravas.
A women's watch through and through, in keeping with Patek Philippe's essential watchmaking tradition.
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A Patek Philippe Calatrava is a decision that speaks to the person who chooses it. In this case, it is a classic, discreet and pure piece, but one that retains the complexity of mechanical watchmaking.
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