Live Pics! Patek Philippe Gives the Calatrava New Complications and a Touch of Color at Watches & Wonders 2023
The Geneva-based brand unveils a casual, versatile time-and-date Calatrava with colorful accents, its first Calatrava Pilot-style chronograph, plus a Calatrava Travel Time with a distinctive 24-hour display.
Patek Philippe certainly hasn’t held back at Watches & Wonders 2023. The Geneva brand has unveiled no fewer than 17 new models at the marquee watch fair, including some fascinating pieces from the Grand Complications collection and attractive his ‘n’ hers Aquanauts to elegant ladies’ watches.
Today, however, we’ll take a look at a selection of the family-owned company’s multiple new Calatrava releases, which stand out for their color-infused dials and the first-time incorporation of some useful complications.
Modern and Versatile: Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6007G
In the Calatrava Collection, Patek Philippe has introduced a trio of new white gold models boasting colorful accents and modern, casual styling.
The black dial of the new Ref. 6007G features an eye-catching embossed “carbon” pattern, lume-filled applied numerals, and colorful highlights on the dial and seconds hand – in yellow (6007G-001), red (6007G-010), or sky blue (6007G-011). The same aesthetic carries over onto the black calfskin strap, which bears an embossed motif and colored stitching to match the dial.
The Calibre 26-330 S C powers the indications and includes a date window at 3 o’clock, stop-seconds function, and a maximum power reserve of 45 hours. Moreover, this finely decorated automatic movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal display caseback.
By combining a casual, colorful dial and strap with an all-polished 40mm white gold case, Patek Philippe has made a versatile Calatrava that can pretty much adapt to any occasion, whether formal or informal.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6007G is priced at $37,850.
Ref. 5924G: The First Calatrava Pilot-style Chronograph
In its Complications Collection, the Geneva maison has created its first chronograph model in its Calatrava Pilot-style watch line. This new Ref. 5924G also combines the brand’s signature Travel Time dual time zone function, a date display synced with local time, plus a day/night indication for local and home time.
In a departure from the dark background often found on Pilot’s watches – including the brand’s own Ref. 5524G and Ref. 5524R – two radiant dial variants are offered here: Either a blue-gray sunburst-decorated dial or a khaki green lacquered dial.
Both of these sport white gold applied numerals and sword-shaped hands treated with colored lume to give a neat contrast with the dial background. Each also bears a white sword-style, skeletonized hand to display home time (the solid hand indicates local time).
Meanwhile, the automatic flyback chronograph Calibre CH 28‑520 C FUS that drives the indications can be viewed through the display caseback of the 42mm white gold case.
The blue-gray dialed Ref. 5924G-001 comes on a grained navy-blue calfskin strap, while the green dialed Ref. 5924G-010 is paired with an olive-green strap complete with a vintage finish. They are both priced at $ 75,700.
Calatrava Ref. 5224R-001 with Distinctive 24-Hour Display
Staying in Patek Philippe’s Complications Collection, the Travel Time theme continues with the new Calatrava Ref. 5224R-001, which has a highly distinctive 24-hour display on a navy-blue dial enhanced by contrasting finishes.
Central hands indicate the home and local time, pointing to a double railway-track scale featuring alternating Arabic numerals and hour markers made up of 44 polished rose gold appliques. On such a 24-hour display, you would usually expect noon to be located at 6 o’clock, but here it is placed at 12 o’clock for a more intuitive reading of daytime hours.
To provide these functions, Patek Philippe’s engineers have added 24-hour and Travel Time mechanisms to the 31-260 base calibre to create the new Calibre 31-260 PS FUS 24H.
Visible through the display caseback of the 42mm rose gold case, this platinum micro-rotor movement has slim proportions that allow for an equally slim case measuring just 9.85mm in height.
The brand has replaced the traditional local time correction pushers on the left side of the caseband with a patented crown-operated correction system. That and the design of the curved two-tier lugs ensure the case exudes a certain sleekness befitting of the Calatrava name.
Priced at $57,370, the Calatrava Ref. 5224R-001 comes on a hand-stitched calfskin nubuck strap in navy blue with a rose gold pin buckle.
For more information, please visit the Patek Philippe website.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)