Haute Watch of the Week: Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200

7200R_001_img10The 7200, like most timepieces in the Calatrava collection, brings us back to the basic essentials of timekeeping: this one tracking just hours and minutes. This watch also reminds us that those basic essentials are not the only reason we wear a mechanical timepiece. What also counts is craftsmanship and design, of which Patek Philippe is a master.

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The 7200 is the epitome of the Calatrava collection and one might say of the brand itself: minimalist Bauhaus design, dependability, and meticulous finish. It has a rounded Officer’s style case – a specialty of Patek – with its signature straight lugs and screwed strap bars. Like the case, the 12 applied numerals, 60 minute markers and Poire Stuart hands are all rose gold.

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As with any Patek Philippe, what is inside is as important as the outside. The sapphire caseback reveals the self-winding caliber 240, with a 22k gold micro-rotor that is fully recessed into the plate. The movement has a patented Spiromax hairspring made of Silinvar, and a Gyromax balance, ensuring an accuracy rating of -3 to +2 seconds per day. The caliber is slim – only 2.53mm, which keeps the case of the 7200 elegant and slim. The bridges, balance cock and rotor are all decorated with Geneva stripes. The mainplate is hand decorated in a perlage pattern. The strap is a matt pearly beige alligator with rose gold buckle.

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The Calatrava was originally launched in 1932, and remains the brand’s signature collection, with models for both men and women and a design that has transcended the vagaries of trends throughout the decades.

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Photos courtesy Patek Philippe.

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