Earlier in the year we covered some of the biggest releases at Baselworld 2017 by many horology brands. Among them was some Patek Philippe models, so today we return to take a better look at the model that will replace ref#: 6000, the new Calatrava ref#: 6006G.
So, we’ve already taken a closer look at the Patek Philippe: “Perpetual Calendar” (Ref#: 5320G) which contained an amalgamation of various vintage timepiece elements in its midst; also at Baselworld 2017 was unveiled the new “Chronograph Annual Calendar” (Ref#: 5960/1A) available for the first time with a black dial; and finally at the time we reviewed the two new pieces issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic “Aquanaut” models (Ref#: 5168 G) and the more complicated “Advanced Research” version (Ref#: 5650 G).
But, now we’ll focus on when Patek Philippe debuted the first Calatrava model back in 1991 with the off-set sub-seconds dial and it was an instant success, amongst the fans of the brand. Although many predicted a less receptive reaction, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Afterwards, around 14 years later they would decide to increase the case size to 39mm from its previous 37mm version. And now in 2017 Patek Philippe linked the 40th anniversary of the manufactures caliber 240 movement, by equipping a Calatrava model with one for its new edition which was presented at Baselworld 2017.
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The 39mm case is made of 18k white gold with a polished finish and a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. It has a generous domed bezel on top, which slips easily in and out of a proper dress attire. Plus its long lugs provide a comfortable fit to the wrist. Its previous version had a smaller 37mm casing as we already mentioned, but these extra 2mm’s really do attribute this watch with more substance.
Time is exhibited on an ebony black dial with three varied finishes rendering each dial ring slightly unique. With the date ring fitted to a grainy slightly elevated surface, while the hour numeral ring has a circular brushing finish and finally the central area of the dial has a radial brushed finish. Followed by white Arabic numerals, with another inner ring of white minute index markers and oppositely an outer ring with white Arabic numerals for the calendar complication.
Finally we have a silver toned offset dial between the 4 and 5 o’clock position with a sub-seconds counter. The hour and minute baton style hands have a hollow middle, while the hand indicating the current day is thinner with a red lacquered arrow tip, for an enhanced legibility.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 6006G
This “Patek Philippe Calatrava” (Ref#: 6006G) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 240PS C with 27 jewels, 191 parts and 21,600 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound. A movement based on the legendary caliber 240, although now equipped with Patek’s patented Spiromax balance spring and signature free-sprung Gyromax balance. Also featuring a 22k yellow unidirectional micro-rotor that winds all the components and power reserve up!
Mounted to the watch is a Patek Philippe black alligator leather strap with large scales, secured to the wrist by an 18k white gold fold-over clasp.
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