To celebrate the completion of its new production building in Plan-les-Ouates (near Geneva) Patek Philippe is releasing a new limited edition Calatrava watch with unprecedented design and stainless steel case. Construction work for the building began in 2015 and the result is an impressive 10-storey high building with a length of nearly 200 metres. Classical in its specifications, this watch will certainly remind you of a certain ultra-expensive unique model. Let’s have a look at the new Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A Limited Edition.
The design of the new Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A is reminiscent of the unique piece donated to Only Watch 2017; the titanium-cased minute repeater, chronograph, perpetual calendar reference 5208T that achieved CHF 6.2 million. Indeed, while the watches are playing in completely different leagues – one being one of the most complex Patek models and the other being a simple time-and-date – the design is pretty identical, with similar dials patterns and colours, as well as the use of a more “common” material for the case.
This 1,000-piece edition, which celebrates the opening of Patek’s massive and ultra-modern new manufacture building, shares its case design with the reference 6006G, however, here it is slightly larger and made of stainless steel – a material that is known to be more collectable than gold when dealing with a brand like Patek. In this instance, this Calatrava 6007A measures 40mm in diameter and remains relatively thin at 9.07mm. The case is entirely polished and features sapphire crystals front and caseback – the latter showing a specific decoration, with the Calatrava cross and the inscription “New Manufacture 2019”.
The dial is also novel, with a grey-blue colour and a unique sector style. The central part is embossed with a carbon pattern, something modern and quite surprising from Patek. This isn’t the first time the brand uses this pattern; it has appeared in the past on unique watches. This central patterned area is circled by a railroad track and modern Arabic numerals that are executed in white gold and filled with Super-LumiNova. To complement this modern look, the calfskin strap matches the dial colour and is embossed with a fabric pattern.
The brand relies on its well-known calibre 324 SC (seconde central) to power this new Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A , a thin automatic movement used in both Calatrava, Aquanaut or Nautilus watches. This movement with date and central H-M-S is wound by a 21k gold rotor and delivers a relatively short power reserve of 35h-45h.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A will be limited to 1,000 pieces and priced at EUR 25,720 or USD 28,351. More details at patek.com.