Patek Philippe introduces a new Calatrava model with its Travel Time dual time zone function and 24-hour display. Powered by Patek’s new automatic calibre 31-260, the Calatrava features local and home time displayed on a central 24-hour track and indicated by two separate hour hands. Presented in a rose gold case with a blue dial with plenty of luminescent material on the indices and hands, the Calatrava is primed for travel.
Patek’s Travel Time mechanism, indicating a second time zone with an additional central hour hand, now appears inside this elegant, 18k polished rose gold Calatrava case with a diameter of 42mm and a height of 9.85mm. Respecting the finesse of the case and its refined stepped lugs, the traditional correction pushers for local time on the left side of the case have been replaced with a patented correction system incorporated into the crown, similar to the one used in the Annual Calendar Travel Time ref. 5326G-001 of 2022. By pulling the crown to the middle position, you can adjust the local time hour hand in one-hour increments in either direction without affecting the precision rate of the movement.
The distinctive layout of the Calatrava is not new and takes inspiration from a Patek Philippe Chronometero Gondolo pocket watch (No. P-527) of 1905, with a distinctive 24-hour dial made for Brazilian retailer Gondolo & Laboriau. Here the dial is interpreted in navy blue with two white railway tracks on either side of the chapter ring bearing the 24 hours.
Perhaps not the easiest format to read, the 24 hours are represented by Arabic numerals (even numbers) and baton markers for odd numbers, with the 12 at noon. Since all the hours of the day and night are represented, there is no need to distinguish between night and day. The polished rose gold numerals and hour markers are applied to the circular satin-brushed chapter ring and treated with luminescent coating, as are the 5-minute cabochon markers placed on the outermost railway track. The dial’s centre is snailed and intersected by the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock with its gilded frame. The gold syringe-style hour and minute hands for local time are luminescent, while the second gold hour hand for home time is openworked.
Patek’s engineers took the 31-260 ultra-thin automatic base for the new movement and added a Travel Time and 24-hour mechanism. Known as calibre 31-260 PS FUAS 24H, the movement is powered by a platinum micro-rotor to maintain the slim profile of the Calatrava. Protected by several patents, the calibre measures 31.74mm x 3.7mm, is fitted with Patek’s in-house Gyromax balance and Spiromax balance spring, beats at 28,800vph and delivers a 48h power reserve. Covered with the Patek Philippe seal, the finishings are top notch.
The Calatrava 24-Hour Display Travel Time Reference 5224R-001 is presented with a matching navy blue calfskin strap with a nubuck finish and a rose gold prong buckle. The retail price is EUR 57,630. For more information, please consult patek.com.