Watches & Wonders: Patek Philippe Announces New Calatrava's, Steel Annual Calendar, And A Grand Complication
For round two of its 2021 releases, Patek Philippe impresses with five new models.
After a strong showing at Watches & Wonders 2021 in Geneva virtual exhibition, Patek Philippe has continued the momentum for the Watches & Wonders Shanghai physical show with five additional models. Joining last week’s Nautilus releases are new Calatrava's, an Annual Calendar, and a new Grand Complication.
Introducing the Patek Philippe Calatrava “Clous de Paris”
Patek Philippe updates its manually-wound “Hobnail Bezel” Calatrava collection. These new models take inspiration from the ref. 3919 and bring forward a more contemporary aesthetic. Sized at 39mm and available in rose or white gold, the new 6119R-001 and 6119G-001 references are pretty stunning.
The brand has replaced the lacquered Roman numeral markers with new applied 18K gold “obus” markers. The new Calatravas also features a new guilloched hobnail pattern bezel twice as thick as the ref. 3919.
While the new references are a talking point in their own right, attention must be paid to the entirely new manually-wound calibre that powers them. The new calibre 30-255 PS is a beautifully finished new base calibre for Patek Philippe. Following Patek Philippe tradition, every wheel and every function of the movement features an independent bridge. The result is positively stunning. Furthermore, the movement boasts a power reserve of 65 hours, which is accurate to -3/+2 seconds in 24 hours.
The new Patek Philippe Ref. 6119G-001 (white gold) and 6119R-001 (rose gold) are both priced at $29,570.
A New Annual Calendar In Stainless Steel
The brand has also quietly released a new Annual Calendar in polished stainless steel. The new ref. 4947/1A-001 Annual Calendar boasts beautiful blue “shantung” finished dials. The watch is powered by the Calibre 324 S QA LU movement and features an annual calendar complication and moon phase.
The stainless steel case measures 38mm, and the watch comes fitted to a stainless steel five-row bracelet with a fold-over clasp. The new Patek Philippe ref. 4947/1A-001 Annual Calendar is priced at $47,904.
A New Grand Complication: The In-line Perpetual Calendar
Patek Philippe has saved the best for last with the new ref. 5236P-001 In-line Perpetual Calendar. This unique grand complication features a one-line perpetual calendar display right below 12 o'clock on the dial. This new single-line calendar format features the month, date, and day via discs which are super legible and presented in a single row inside an elongated aperture.
Patek Philippe has presented an annual calendar using this method before, with a pocket watch from 1972, but never has this complication been included on a wristwatch. To accomplish this feat, the brand started with its calibre 31-260 REG QA movement. It was then re-worked into the calibre 31-260 PS QL. In a press release, the brand clarified the new movement’s acronyms to mean: “PS for petite seconde [subsidiary seconds] and QL for “quantième perpétuel en ligne“ [in-line perpetual calendar].”
The four rotating discs instantaneously jump, and the movement smoothly transitions between the 31st of the month to the 1st. Three patent applications protect the new calibre 31-260 PS QL.
The new ref. 5236P-001 In-line Perpetual Calendar comes with a 41.30mm platinum case and is priced at $130,108.
For more information on Patek Philippe’s 2021 Releases, visit the brand’s website.
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