Patek Philippe is certainly a brand that needs no introduction and one that has highly sought after timepieces. The timepieces are exceptional in quality and beauty. This new piece, ladies’ Calatrava is one of the most exquisite watches the brand has created. The timeless perfection that this watch captures, and named after a Arabic castle that was recovered from the Moslems in 1147 by the King of Castile, Alfonso VII, also known as el Emperador. The name originates from the cross that bears the same name, the cruciform symbol that was used on the banners carried by knights who defended the country. That same symbol that became the trademark for the brand, and this collection that played a very significant role in their history.
One of the most prestigious brands around the globe, these timepieces represent technical brilliance, wealth, and innovation. Holding a number of patents throughout the brand history, this particular timepiece became a blueprint for the ultimate dress watch. This watch was also the first to introduce numbered references to the brand timepieces. Clean lines and simple elegance were the main foundation for this collection, one that provided the ageless beauty that still lives today and made this timepiece such a collectible. The 31mm round shape case is a reflection of the circular movement inside the piece, and statement to the passage of time. The watch is only 9mm thick and has a snap-on back and flat polished bezel. A very distinguishing feature for this watch is the lugs, rather than being soldered on, they were placed on the three-part case design and then tapered to allow for a perfect fit on the wrist. The other very elegant feature of this timepiece was the dial, minimalist design with focus on only the time. Attractive and so stylish, the pointed and faceted Dauphine hands brought this classic beauty that others want to emulate.
Inside the Patek Philippe Calatrava was a 12-ligne movement from LeCoultre. Previously the brand had purchased outside, but from 1934 onward the new in-house caliber was developed and became the heart of the timepiece. This watch was in production for over 40 years, which proves the success but also highlights the popularity and demand the brand had with it. The indirect central seconds was attractive, but the styles with the Breguet numerals and enamel dial were favorites. Through the years of production there were some stainless steel cases made, but they are considered rare finds. As a watch that was crafted for all occasions it was also one made with a variety of designs and metals. There were sportier versions that featured the Arabic numerals and syringe-type hands, and some had a sector dial as well. There were designs that referenced pilot-style details, large luminous Arabic numerals and black lacquered dials for great contrast. Certainly there were enough designs to match most any fashion standard, but the main design, the one that remained unchanged for decades, that one was timeless without a doubt and the most favored. Any of these Patek Philippe Calatrava designs would be a great fit in any collection, allowing that exquisite beauty to sit upon your wrist.