The watch industry is characterized by a certain conservatism. Which is why it comes as a surprise, when one of their main brands produces a timepiece that breaks a mold. If we trace back in time we can find various isolated instances in which this has occurred. And this year it seems like Patek Philippe has gone down the route, of the unexpected. Introducing the: “Patek Philippe 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time”.
What we have here is a pilot watch, which is nothing out of the ordinary, if a brand other than Patek Philippe had produced it. Clearly the brand wants to be included as an option when consumers ponder the acquisition of a sportier, pilot type timepiece. Then again if one is to investigate Patek Philippe’s history, he’ll find that the brand has indeed made pilot watches in the past. More precisely in the 1930’s for the military, when they designed “hour-angle” watches, conceived for a quicker navigation and precise positioning using a sextant and radio signals. But, in no way is this new Patek a re-issue or homage to any of those timely pieces.
The case for this watch is 42mm wide and made of white-gold, fully polished. With thick pushers at the 8 and 10 o’clock positions, with safety locks that prevent unintentionally adjusting the time. The pushers must be released before they can be activated, and they are locked once again by turning in the opposite direction. Also has an exhibition caseback which allows to see the watch movement. Patek has mounted this timepiece to a vintage looking brown calfskin strap, with contrasting white stitching and a white-gold pin buckle, to match the case.
As for the dial, which would standardly be black, Patek Philippe decided to give their own twist and opted for a textured blue. It features a date display with 3-day intervals at the 6 o’clock position. Arabic numerals with superluminova coating in a white-gold outlining. The hands are also filled with superluminova and a blue outlining, except for a skeleton hand which indicates “home time”, while the sword-shaped hand indicates “travel time”.
Patek Philippe 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
The “Patek Philippe 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time” is powered by a self-winding movement, caliber CH 324 SC FUS, with 29 jewels and 294 moving parts. Also features Patek Philippe’s patent Gyromax balance and Spiromax spring, both made out of Silvinar, which is their own special blend of silicon. The watch has a power reserve that can last up to 45 hours.
Patek Philippe 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, reference# 5524G-001
MSRP: $50,000.00 USD
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