Many were surprised by Patek Philippe’s latest timepiece, the Patek Philipe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524G. The watch’s modern looks indicate that Patek Philippe may be seeking to capture the eye of the younger generation. This watch accomplished that as it has created desire among enthusiasts of all ages.
While the watch seems unique compared to the brand to many, Patek Philippe does in fact have a history of making watches for pilots around the world. Two examples of these watches are located in the Patek Philippe Museum and are picture below. Both of these watches are a huge size (especially for Patek Philippe) at 55.3mm! The watch below (right side) wold in 2009 for almost $2,000,000 at auction.
These original Patek Philippe pilot watches are where the Patek Philippe 5524G found its inspiration. The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time found its inspiration here, but the latest example of pilot’s watch has been completely re-thought as it is intended to be a timepiece suitable for the modern gentleman (or even the stylish modern lady).
The white gold Calatrava Pilot Travel Time will feature a sophisticated dark blue dial and Arabic hour markers that are Superluminova-filled. The skeleton hand will denote “home time” with the “sword hand” acting as the the travel time. The watch’s pushers are fluted for better grip and even feature a new patent-pending safety locks to prevent unintended adjustments when in use. Only after a slight twist (1/4 turn), the pushers become operational.
The watch is fairly slim with an 11mm thickness for the white gold case and it is paired with a light brown calfskin strap with contrast stitching. We look forward to sharing our first photos of the timepiece as they begin arriving at our store later this year!