I never thought we would see the day when Patek Philippe would jump out of its refined and delicate comfort zone, but the day has finally come!
For this 2015 Baselworld, Patek Philippe has released the NEW Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref#5524. This watch is 42 mm in case size and constructed out of 18k white gold. It’s truly awesome in every way because it’s not something we would normally see from the horological giant. It’s very masculine looking, utilitarian and somewhat elegant at the same time.
The dial is an interesting blue varnished dial with bold luminous Arabic numerals and hands accompanied by an open work hand for home time display. The functions include; hours, minutes, seconds, dual time zone, separate day/night indications for local and home times.
I really wish this watch was made out of steel. I am sure the price would still be way out of my league but it would be far more appropriate a metal for everyday wear and durability. I love the steel blued hands and the numerals, but the sub seconds hand at the six o’clock position is far too big and cuts off the Arabic numeral six and crowds the corner of Arabic numeral 5 and 7. The movement is the Swiss automatic Patek in-house caliber 324 S C FUS with 29 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 45 hours. It has a 21kt gold rotor and is fitted with a Gyromax balance with a patented geometry Spiromax balance spring, and bears the Patek Philippe Sea The watch is fitted n a brown calfskin strap with an 18kt white gold buckle.
This is a great step for Patek Philippe and I applaud them taking a risk outside of what they normally do to appeal to a crowd they already have and a new generation of Patek Philippe wearers.