Friday, March 14, 2014
Patek Philippe. The name evokes of complications with precision performance. It’s the same brand that set the world record of the most expensive timepiece ever auctioned—the Henry Graves Supercomplication for $11 million—but owning a “Patek” should not intimidate the first-time buyer. The timepiece has simpler watch collections that also resonate elegance and accuracy. The Calatrava embodies the signature’s heritage movement perfection, but in a planer look. Yet it’s no second-rate, rather, it’s a well-crafted watch with a mastery of subtleties. Encased in rose gold and strapped with hand-stitched alligator scales, Calatrava is manually wound with 215 PS Caliber. It has a hobnail-patterned bezel an enamel dial that lends a simple yet elegant feel to this watch. It’s simplicity that hides a complicated engineering marvel under the hood.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, San Francisco, California, and Portland Oregon.