85 Years – The Patek Philippe Calatrava
Introduced in 1932, the Patek Philippe Calatrava has become synonymous with understated elegance in the world of luxury watches. Often referred to as Patek’s signature model, the watch expresses artistic ingenuity at its finest.
With a 31mm diameter and 9mm thick case, the original ref. 96 was a game changer in the world of horology due to its slim design and remarkable movement. Inspired by German Bauhaus architecture, the principals of its design continue to reflect the relentless pursuit of perfection that has always been at the core of Patek Philippe’s mission.
Despite the 37 models that have been released since its birth, the Calatrava’s design has hardly changed. Whether you own a 34mm or 36mm, the quintessential hobnail pattern or a wide polished bezel, there is no mistaking the Calatrava from a distance.
Not to mention, no luxury watch has been more accurate over its lifetime. Often passed from generation to generation, the Calatrava’s movement keeps ticking due to the materials used, the craftsmanship employed in creating each piece and the fact that every timepiece is made by the hands of the world’s foremost watchmakers.
While many other manufacturers have been accused of making fewer quality watches in recent years, Patek has maintained its original objective and continues to make watches that are revered for their quality and artistry. Ask some of the world’s more famous watch collectors and few will disagree that the Calatrava is one of the most sought after pieces of all time.