The timeless elegance of Patek Philippe Calatrava
The Calatrava with the iconic Clous de Paris bezel is one of the most inimitable examples of Patek Philippe style. Launched in 1932 with Ref. 96, the manufacture's first model with a reference number, the Calatrava has established itself as the epitome of the classic round wristwatch and one of the most beautiful manifestations of timeless elegance. Its purist design reflects the Bauhaus minimalist principle in which function determines an object's form.
The Clous de Paris pattern first decorated a Calatrava in 1934 - Ref. 96D - and became an obligatory presence from 1985 with Ref. 3919 - for many years the entry point to the collection - and one of the most distinctive features of its successor. The guilloché pattern, with two concentric circles of small square-based pyramids, which now have a larger base than in previous editions, reflects light in a three-dimensional way enhancing the beauty and depth of the dial.
With a very classic entirely polished round case, 39mm in diameter and 8.08mm thick, this new Ref. 6119 has a clearly contemporary look that translates the evolution of current preferences and accentuates its presence.
On the dial, the faceted hour-markers applied in 18K gold, double at 12 o'clock, reinforce the timeless look of this watch and evoke the Calatrava aesthetic of Refs. 96 and 96D, with the same type of hour-markers. The Dauphine hands also pay homage to the initials, but with three faces instead of two, as do the small seconds at 6 o'clock. Also worthy of note is the excellent legibility offered by the "railway" minute scale.
This new icon of the Geneva manufacture comes in two versions: the Ref. 6119R-001 with a rose gold case with a grained silver dial, as well as rose gold hour indexes and hands. Combined with a shiny chocolate brown crocodile leather strap with a rose gold buckle. And the Ref. 6119G-001 in white gold, with an interesting charcoal-grey dial that plays with the contrasts between a vertical satin finish and a circular satin finish on the subsidiary seconds dial. On this reference, the hour indexes and hands are in white gold and the bracelet is in glossy black crocodile leather with a white gold buckle.
The watch features a brand new hand-wound movement, calibre 30-255 PS with a power reserve of 65 hours. With a frequency of 4 hertz (28,000 semi-oscillations/hour) and a maximum deviation of -3/+2 seconds in 24 hours it complies with the extremely strict Patek Philippe Seal directives regarding precision. The case-back, in sapphire crystal, makes it possible to appreciate all the beauty of the finishing and decoration of the movement.
This new-generation Calatrava is a perfect combination of watchmaking tradition and technological innovation, the benchmark for all other luxury dress watches, and will be for many passionates the entry into the universe of Patek Philippe haute horlogerie.