Don’t tumble off your seat. This is a genuine watch and this is a genuine Patek Philippe. It”s no April’s fool neither one of our insane forecasts. You’re certainly in front Patek Philippe’s own Pilot Watch. Indeed, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 is an appropriate amazement and when we saw it on press photographs, we’ve been likewise very wary. Be that as it may, we previously had it on the wrist and it’s time to clarify you why this watch.
Obviously, you were positively anticipating that Patek Philippe should come at Baselworld 2015 for certain dress watches, some new chronographs (and they have some very great ones that we’ll show you later) or some new Nautilus (they likewise have one, additionally for the near future). Nonetheless, even the best watchmaking examiners couldn’t be set up to this: a pilot watch from Patek Philippe. It’s in reality absolutely unexpected.
There’s something uncommon anyway with this Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524. It must be consider by two points: as a Patek and as a watch – which means as an item. You may think this is the first time Patek Phillipe is disrupting the norms, however this isn’t. Simply recollect how shocking was the Nautilus, back in 1976. It was Patek’s first games watch – and it is presently a legitimate symbol. Along these lines, in the event that you take a gander at the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time as a Patek Philippe, it will certainly leave you astound. Be that as it may, we need to take a gander at it from an other angle – which means as an item, with no brand imprinted on it – and afterward this pilot watch changes to something entirely unexpected and really, quite interesting.
The first inquiry that came in our minds is “where does watch come from?”. Patek Philippe, as a ton of produces, made pilot and military watches before WWII. Philip van Horn Weems, an official of the U.S. Marines, thought of the thought for an hour point watch which, upgraded by proposals by Charles Lindbergh, would permit more straightforward, quicker, and more exact situating when utilized along with a sextant and a radio signal.
Back in 1936, Patek Philippe made an exceptional watch called “hour point dial” (with an extraordinary highlights, as the hour hand turns once in 24 hour and pointing the levels of bend onto the focus circle partitioned into 360 degrees). This unique watch was sold by Christies on the 11 May 2009, for USD 1.710.690.
This watch shows that Patek Philippe previously made such military situated pilot wrist instruments, that can assist with legitimating the presentation of the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time in the genuine collection.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524
This watch must be perceived the truth about and not just as a Patek. To keep an all out honesty, we need to take a gander at it without speculation it’s a Patek however rather to take a gander at for a (extremely) refined and exquisite pilot watch, made in 18k white gold and estimating a sensible 42mm. What astonished us is the way the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time has an alternate (and fortunately) better look once lashed on the wrist.
The case – as said previously, made of valuable 18k white gold rather than expected and more strong tempered steel – is completely reflect cleaned and comes with a huge crown at 3 and dainty, bended drags. The 42mm breadth wears comfortable and offers both an obvious inclination on the wrist – a pilot watch must be very enormous and 42mm is huge for a Patek Philippe – without being too huge and afterward uncomfortable. It additionally includes two lockable pushers at 8 and 10 – as this watch brings perhaps the most commonsense complication for a pilot watch: a subsequent time zone feature.
Besides the 3 traditional hands – hours, minutes and focal seconds – the Calatrava Pilot comes with Patek’s old style format, which means a GMT hand on the focal hub and two gaps that show night and day for each time zone – neighborhood and home – and a date on a sub-dial at 6, because of the calibre CH 324 S C FUS. This self-winding development is adorned with the Patek Philippe seal – that bears witness to of an undeniable degree of finish and exactness. It brags around 45 hours power hold and highlights Patek’s own free sprung balance wheel – a.k.a Gyromax.
Now we need to move to the most significant and surprising aspect of this watch… its dial. Applied on a grained matte (extremely dim and near dark) naval force blue plate are some enormous, white, glowing Arabic numerals – white gold numerals loaded up with white superluminova – that are really both remarkable for a Patek and old style for a Pilot watch. That’s really the motivation behind why this Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 sounds both odd and natural: the dial, the files and the blued hands are what a pilot observe typically comes with. This Patek utilizes the equivalent normally pilot codes than, for instance, a Zenith Type 20 Aeronef or an IWC Big Pilot Watch (particularly Le Petit Prince restricted version ). Regardless of whether the Patek looks great, it very well may be confounding to have such an extravagance watch that take after to a more moderate brand.
The question of the quality, of the completing or of the capacities isn’t significant here. This Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is, unmistakably, an awesome looking, exquisite, amazingly very much completed pilot watch. Nonetheless, it has Patek Philippe composed on it dial and we need to think about that first, it breaks the actual codes of the brand and afterward, it is absolutely in accordance with other pilot watches. The primary inquiry stays basic: are Patek Philippe collectors going to embrace such an oddity? Indeed. Will it be a hit? Positively yes. Is a 42.000 CHF cost defended? It is by all accounts high yet quality-wise, it is 100% Patek. Do we like it here at Monochrome-Watches? After a long discussion and a few hours to become accustomed to it, yes.