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18k Yellow gold
Extract of archives, Service papers
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 570
We are happy to present a beautiful Patek Philippe Calatrava, dating back to 1946.
This is the Ref. 570 in typical Calatrava style. It features an 18k yellow gold case, which wears quite a bit larger than its 35mm diameter might suggest.
This beauty is powered by the caliber 12-120 PS. The star of the show, however, is the dial. It has faded, discolored and stained in such a delicate and attractive manner. It has silver, taupe, even purple and blue tones, subtly fading into each other. Yet, from a distance, it looks like an even champaign dial.
This is such a characterful watch, we cordially invite you to come and see it in the flesh at Reestraat 3 in Amsterdam.
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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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