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18k Yellow gold
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k
Witness the epitome of heritage. Behold the exquisite Patek Philippe Dresswatch, a horological marvel hailing from the year 1948. Envision the stories that this timepiece could tell.
Such timepieces embody an ageless allure and sophistication, transcending the boundaries of time. Even after three-quarters of a century, they remain eternally relevant and exquisitely wearable. This particular watch boasts a 31mm case crafted from lustrous 18k yellow gold, housing a manual. Its captivating champagne dial, adorned with a small seconds subdia l, enchants the beholder.
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In 1932, the year in which brothers Charles and Jean Stern acquired Patek Philippe, the name of the manufacture’s prestigious symbol, the Calatrava cross, was given to a watch collection. The first true ‘family’ of watches Patek Philippe had created, the Calatrava quickly became a classic and is still regarded today as the brand’s most iconic collection.
The design was inspired by the Bauhaus movement, a German school of Arts based on the belief that ‘less is more’ and ‘form follows function’. Since the purpose of a watch is to tell the time, these principles discouraged any embellishments which could detract from the time-telling.
The result was a watch that was at once beautiful and practical. Presented in a round case with a flat bezel and simple dial with baton indices, the art of omission in the debut model Ref. 96, came to characterize the Calatrava’s understated, yet timeless style.
The design has become a template for other brands. A simple, minimalist dress watch with a sub-dial for the seconds at six o’clock, is often referred to as a Calatrava watch, regardless of the brand. So while Patek did it first, it is perfectly reasonable to stumble upon a JLC Calatrava or a Vacheron Constantin Calatrava.
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