Following the launch of new additions to the iconic Nautilus collection earlier this month, Patek Philippe enriches this Spring bouquet, with four new additions that underscore the talent and skill of the brand’s ateliers.
As always, DMR’s experts stand ready to introduce you to this latest selection from the finest name in watchmaking.
As classic grand complications par excellence, perpetual calendars have always been prominently featured in Patek Philippe’s collections. Today, Patek Philippe expands its rich range of calendar watches with the addition of this beautiful perpetual calendar, displaying the day, date, and month on a single line in an elongated aperture beneath 12 o’clock.
A panoramic aperture of this kind is not totally unprecedented and looking back in the manufacture’s history will show a similar display, previously used in pocket watches crafted for the American market.
To assure the largest possible calendar display on a single line with optimised legibility, the developers had to overcome technical challenges. In doing so, they created the new self-winding movement 31-260 PS QL with an additional in-line display module, for which three patent applications have been filed.
This technically marvellous new calibre is housed in an elegant platinum case- measuring a diameter of 41.3mm- displaying time across a vertical satin-finished blue dial with a black-gradient rim.
Patek Philippe gives fresh momentum to their emblematic Calatrava model featuring a guilloched hobnail pattern also known as ‘Clous de Paris’. In this latest iteration, the model is treated to a slightly larger diameter, now 39mm, and a design reinterpreted in a contemporary spirit.
This new flagship of the Patek Philippe style is a masterpiece among the manufacture’s grand classics and comes in two versions. In rose gold, the Ref. 6119R-001 displays time across a silvery-grained dial, with applied hour markers and hands in rose gold. The Ref. 6119G-001 is a white gold timepiece, which subtly plays with light on a charcoal grey dial with attractive contrasts.
Both watches are worn on shiny alligator leather straps, with a prong buckle. The characteristic shape of the prong buckles for both Ref. 6119 watches was originally designed explicitly for the American market by Henri Stern, the manufacture’s former president.
The introduction of these new references also heralds the arrival of a new manually wound movement, the caliber 30‑255 PS. An exceptionally robust and powerful movement, the caliber 30-255 PS delivers a power reserve of 65 hours.
Next, we welcome the third notable debut. For the first time, Patek Philippe introduces the Annual Calendar in a round Calatrava-type polished steel case with a 38mm diameter, suitable for all wrists. The ingenious Annual Calendar mechanism, invented by Patek Philippe, was patented in 1996 and requires only one manual correction per year.
The Annual Calendar displays are quickly and easily legible to the wearer. Two subsidiary dials between 9 and 10 o’clock indicate the day and, between 2 and 3 o’clock, the month. The date appears in an aperture at 6 o’clock. The extremely precise moon-phase display rounds out the calendar functions on this remarkable timepiece.
Sitting comfortably on the wrist, this watch is equipped with a new integrated and entirely polished bracelet featuring five rows of links, combining style and practicality. The light reflected by the polished steel case and bracelet harmonises very elegantly with the night blue dial, with a finish that evokes the beauty of Shantung silk.
The self-winding caliber 324 S QA LU movement is visible through a sapphire crystal case back. This intelligent piece of technology boasts a power reserve of up to 45 hours.
The fourth masterpiece of this spring quartet is the debut of a grand classic of feminine elegance. Following the success of the Calatrava ladies’ watch Ref. 4897 which was launched in 2009, Patek Philippe follows this icon with a new version powered by a self-winding movement and with a white-gold case measuring a slightly larger diameter of 35 mm.
It leverages its seductive power within a feminine circle of clients, with an expectation to combine aesthetic refinement with the exclusivity and convenience of a mechanical movement that winds itself with every motion of the wrist.
This new Patek Philippe ladies’ Calatrava is powered by the ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement caliber 240, which boasts a power reserve of 48 hours.
Time is displayed across a guilloched and lacquered midnight blue dial with powdered gold hour markers, which is complimented by a brushed calfskin strap in a matching colour. The dial is framed by a bezel set with 76 round-cut internally flawless Top Wesselton diamonds.
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