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Patek Philippe Steel Ref. 3579
For decades, Patek Philippe has been the unwavering standard-bearer of quality and luxury in the world of watchmaking, capturing the admiration of collectors worldwide. Their commitment to producing some of the most exquisite timepieces is undeniable, and Patek Philippe’s devotion to classical design, exacting standards, and a rich heritage sets them apart as a brand like no other.
Within this remarkable heritage lies the renowned Patek Philippe Calatrava collection. Introduced in 1932 as a dress watch emphasizing functionality over ornamentation, the collection aimed to provide a clear and utilitarian approach to timekeeping. The Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3579, which I present here, maintains the same commitment to design rigidity while venturing beyond some of the collection’s established boundaries.
Launched in 1969 and manufactured until 1974, the Ref. 3579 reflects the unconventional design inspirations of its time. Although its design might not appear groundbreaking by today’s standards, the Ref. 3579 resides in a 33mm stainless steel tonneau-shaped case, marking a significant departure from Patek Philippe’s traditional case design. The Ref. 3579 stands as a truly unique vintage offering, exuding confidence in its originality. It demonstrates that even Patek Philippe, a brand known for its conservatism, is willing to explore new design horizons when the times call for it.
In keeping with Calatrava’s utilitarian ethos, Ref. 3579 houses a time-only movement, specifically the manually-wound cal. 23-300. Adorned with a captivating sunburst blue dial, devoid of superfluous details or distractions, the Ref. 3579’s design is characterized by its simplicity and unwavering commitment to being a classical, yet slightly unconventional timepiece.”
Notably, this remarkable timepiece comes with the extract of the archives from Patek Philippe, adding a touch of historical authenticity to your ownership experience.
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All the way back in 1839, Franciszek Czapek and Antoni Patek founded Patek, Czapek & Cie. in Geneva. The two Polish watchmakers manufactured pocket watches until an argument drove them apart in 1845. Patek teamed up with French watchmaker Adrien Philippe and in 1851, Patek, Philippe & Cie. was officially registered and the story of arguably the finest of watch manufacturers was truly underway.
The company would amass an impressive array of firsts and records. Among which the first perpetual calendar pocket watch, first split-second chronograph wristwatch, first perpetual calendar wristwatch and for twenty-seven years they held the record for most complicated watch movement: 33 complications.
Yes, we have entered the realm of haute horology.
The house registered its Calatrava cross logo in 1887. The Calatrava would later become one of the brand’s celebrated collections and even a design template for other brands.
Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin form what is lovingly referred to as the Holy trinity of watchmaking. Three houses that specialized in haute horology, pushing the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking, decoration and finishing techniques.
Much like Rolex and Omega rule the everyday-watch category, the Holy trinity rules haute horology. A sentiment reflected in Patek’s motto since 1996: You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.
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