Patek Philippe unveil a new design and a new movement for one of the brand’s most important classics – the Calatrava.
The famous Calatrava with the guilloched hobnail bezel is one of the most inimitable examples of the typical Patek Philippe style. Launched in 1932 as the Ref. 96 (the first model of the manufacture with a reference number), the Calatrava established itself as the quintessence of the classic round wristwatch.
It is deemed by Patek Philippe to be one of the most beautiful manifestations of timeless elegance and has since been repeatedly reinterpreted in numerous versions for ladies and men.
The two new models, Refs. 6119R-001 and 6119G-001, have been crafted with a decidedly contemporary look, a slightly larger diameter, and a dial with applied hour markers. This sleek, slender, and elegant men’s wristwatch in rose or white gold also has a totally new manually wound Patek Philippe movement with a power reserve of 65 hours.
Patek Philippe has endowed this Calatrava “Clous de Paris” with fresh elan by updating its iconic design in a very contemporary way. The new Ref. 6119 – the number plays tribute to the storied 3919 legend and the Ref. 5119 from 2006 – distinguishes itself mainly with the slightly larger diameter of 39mm. This new size reflects the changing preferences of our era and emphasizes its presence on the wrist without compromising the slender elegance of its case.
A further design development: black lacquered Roman numerals on a white background in the Refs. 3919 and 5119 have been replaced by applied faceted “obus” markers in 18ct gold (with double markers at 12 o’clock). These new markers emphasize the timelessly sleek aspect of the dial with its larger diameter.
This new flagship of the Patek Philippe style is a new masterpiece among the manufacture’s grand classics; it comes in two versions. The Ref. 6119R-001 combines a rose-gold case with a silvery grained dial, as well as applied hour markers and hands in rose gold. It is finished on a shiny chocolate brown alligator strap with a rose-gold prong buckle.
The Ref. 6119G-001 in white gold subtly plays with light on a charcoal grey dial with aesthetic contrasts – a vertical satin finish interrupted by the snailed subsidiary seconds dial. The applied hour markers and hands are made of the same metal as the case, and the watch is worn on a shiny black alligator strap with a white-gold prong buckle.
With the introduction of a totally new manually wound movement, the Ref. 6119 Calatrava “Clous de Paris” establishes a new milestone in the history of Patek Philippe’s most famous timepiece collection. Its launch gives Patek Philippe the opportunity to present a brand-new base movement that enriches the broad range of manufacture calibers. Its development is based on the desire to have a manually would movement with a larger diameter than the caliber 215 PS.
The new caliber 30-255 PS has an inside case diameter of 30.4mm and has a maximum deviation of -3/+2 seconds in 24 hours – fulfilling the extremely strict directives of the Patek Philippe Seal as regards to rate accuracy.
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