Three crucial Patek Philippe watches
6 May 2011 12:14am
REF 5119J, 2007 – THE PERFECT CALATRAVA
Simple, classic and timeless (so to speak), the Calatrava collection is named after Patek Philippe’s trademark cross motif. Introduced in 1932, its elegant lines lend copious scope to play with numerals (Roman, Arabic, batons), dial decoration (guilloché, lacquer, silvered) and size. On every budding collector’s wishlist.
REF. 3700, 1976: THE FIRST NAUTILUS
Patek’s first sports watch was designed by, Gérald Genta, a genius obsessed with octagons who also made the first luxury sports watch, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak. Since the Nautilus’s 30th anniversary redux in 2006, the potential of that muscular case shape has been unlocked to give us a more-modern-than-ever collection.
REF 5170J, 2010 –A NEW CLASSIC
The all-new manual-wind CH 29-535 movement – found in last year’s rarer-than-hen’s-teeth 5170J – continues Patek’s tradition of chronograph innovation. Its patented refinements include optimised tooth profile and improved penetration adjustment between the clutch and chronograph wheel via a large column-wheel cap.
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