The Calatrava watch is one of the most emblematic Patek Philippe collections as its name refers to the brands symbol. It also set the standard for elegance in watchmaking.
The name Calatrava is taken form an ancient Spanish military-religous order founded in 1158, whose coat of arms-featuring the Calatrava cross which is the manufacturers emblem.
With its pure, timeless design, the Patek Philippe Calatrava is recognized as the quintessential round wristwatch.
The first version was introduced in 1932 (Ref.96) was inspired by the minimalist principles of the Baushaus, a German school of architecture and applied arts which taught that “form follows function” and “less is more”. Faithful to these principals, the Patek Philippe Calatrava case is round to reflect the circular shape of the movement, while the dial is simple to ensure clarity and legibility.
Since 1932, this distinguished art of simplicity has been reinterpreted in numerous versions for men and women, making the Patek Philippe Calatrava one of the richest Patek Philippe collections.
Among the collection’s flagship models is the Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919, which features a guilloche’ bezel adorned with the “Clous de Paris” motif. It was launched in 1985 and remains one of the best known timepieces in the entire watchmaking word. Today, a new version of this iconic model is offered. It is the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5119 with a larger more contemporary case size of 36mm.
Whether the bezel is flat, rounded, smooth, set with diamonds, or guilloche’ , whether the case is extra thin or imposing and whether the dial is classically simple or enhanced with a technical touch, the Patek Philipe Calatrava always preserves its legendary purity and prudence to maintain its unique status as a watchmaking icon, unaffected by changing fashions.
Patek Philippe also offers its clients a fine selection of Calatrava cuff-links in 18kt white, rose and yellow gold.
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