Patek Philippe introduces the new Three-Hand Calatrava and the Annual Calendar Travel Time. Despite being very similar in appearance, the two watches are like day to night when it comes to complications.
But let’s start with the similarities, both watches share the same type of white gold case that comes with a smooth bezel and side texture that is completed with the sapphire crystal that works over the dial and the case back.
Also on the dial, the two watches share similarities, starting with the textured charcoal grey dial, syringe hands and applied Arabic hour markers all filled with beige lume.
Patek Philippe Three-Hand Calatrava
The Patek Philippe Three-Hand Calatrava comes with a case that is slightly smaller in diameter and significantly thicker than the Annual Calendar Travel Time.
On its simple layout dial, there is a black inner ring with a minute track, a date window at 3 o’clock and the brand name inscription at 12 o’clock, in the same tone as the hands and hour markers.
Inside it is powered by the self-winding movement Caliber 26-330 S C that offers up to 45 hours of power reserve.
The watch will be available at prices starting at €35,790.
Patek Philippe, Three-Hand Calatrava, 5226G-001. Charcoal grey dial, white gold case, 40 mm x 8.53 mm, sapphire crystal, open-through case back, 30 meters water resistance, two calfskin straps. Caliber 26‑330 S C, self-winding movement, hour, minutes, seconds, date, 28,800 Vph, 30 jewels, 45 hours of power reserve. Price € 35,790.
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Travel Time
Unlike Calatrava, the new Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Travel Time is all complications, starting with the twin day-month windows at 12 o’clock, a central skeletonized second-time hand, a local/home time indicator, and a small seconds at 6 o’clock with a moon phase display above and a date window bellow. Finally, it should also be noted that the hour markers are completed by a minute railroad track that matches the small-seconds sub-dial.
The annual calendar is set as a simple calendar through the crown, only needing an annual setting at the end of February for the leap year setting.
Inside operates the new Caliber 31-260 PS QA LU FUS 24H with a micro-rotor with eight patents, which offers up to 48 hours of power reserve.
The watch will be available at prices starting at €70,500.
Both watches are offered with two calfskin straps, one in beige with a nubuck finish and an extra in black with an embossed textile pattern, with a foldover clasp in white gold.
Patek Philippe, Annual Calendar Travel Time, 5326G-001. Charcoal grey dial, white gold case, 41 mm x 11.07 mm, sapphire crystal, open-through case back, 30 meters water resistance, two calfskin straps. Caliber 31-260 PS QA LU FUS 24H, self-winding movement, hour, minutes, small seconds, day, date, month, moon-phase display, local/home time indicator, second-time zone hand, 28,800 Vph, 47 jewels, 48 hours of power reserve. Price € 70,500.
They are two elegant watches with attractive texture dials. The 40mm case of the Calatrava seems too big for a dress watch, as with the 41mm in diameter of the Travel Time, although the latter is due to the large number of complications that the movement harbours.
Finally, we have to point out that the date window with a black background and beige numbers in Calatrava seems much more elegant and refined than the day-month and date windows of the Annual Calendar Travel Time, which have a white background and black numbers.
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