Fans of the Swiss luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe will know that its stainless steel models are rare to come by, but the company has decided to utilize this material for its first release of 2020 in light of a special celebration: the opening of its new manufacture in Geneva.
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
Beginning construction back in 2015, the new headquarters for the iconic brand came with a price tag of CHF 600 million, or roughly $631 million USD. With 10 floors in total – six above ground and four below – the building provides ample room for every stage of the watchmaking process, from basic machining to hand-finishing and movement assembly. The restaurant on the top floor can accommodate a whopping 880 guests, while the underground garage can hold up to 700 vehicles.
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.
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.
In this instance, this Calatrava 6007A measures 40mm in diameter and remains relatively thin at 9.07mm, making it ideal for everyday wear. 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 for better legibility in dark conditions.
Powering the Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A is the in-house calibre 324 SC, which operates at 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The Maison 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.
To complement themodern look of the Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A, the calfskin strap matches the dial colour and is embossed with a fabric pattern.
Limited to just 1,000 units made across the globe, Patek Philippe’s limited edition Calatrav Ref. 6007A-001 is available at Patek Philippe boutiques and selected stores worldwide at EUR 25,720 or USD 28,351.
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