Patek Philippe Makes Steel The New Deal For Calatrava
Most people will immediately think of the exquisite dress watches made by Patek Philippe in precious metals when you mention the Calatrava. Already decades ago has this collection become a benchmark for the industry. While Patek Philippe made quite a name for itself with first the stainless steel Nautilus, and later on the Aquanaut, was this material only used sporadically to case Calatrava’s. Recently there seems to have been a change in direction, as last year we where surprised by the exquisite Calatrava Weekly Calendar Ref.5212A, sporting a stainless steel case, and now Patek Philippe is treating us on the Ref.6007A-001 Limited Edition, also in this material.
One could also argue that Patek Philippe has created this watch for themselves, as its first introduction in 2020 is dedicated to the opening of their brand new manufacture. This building, costing a CHF 600 million, is state-of-the-art in every way imaginable. With ten floors does it have enough space to allow Patek Philippe to take the next steps in their development, and continue to write history. This stainless steel Calatrava might play a significant role in this because it seems to close the gap between the sports models and the classic dress watches. This will not only entice their existing clients but can very well also tempt new ones to treat themselves on a Patek.
For that matter, the Ref.6007A-001, which is limited to 1.000 pieces, is ticking off all the right boxes. With a diameter of 40mm is its size substantial without losing its elegance. The dial is stunning, featuring a beautiful shade of blue, and a nice variety of different patterns. The Arabic numerals give the watch a sportive touch, as do the bold hands. They are also filled in with SuperLuminova, making it even more, a bridge between the traditional Calatrava’s and the sports watches of Patek Philippe. It is powered by caliber 324 SC, which can be admired through the glass caseback, which also mentions the joyous occasion for which this watch was created.