Time­less masterpiece

Patek Philippe’s Cal­i­bre 240 au­to­matic move­ment cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Trends - By BERVIN CHEONG star2@thes­tar.com.my

THE Patek Philippe Cal­i­bre 240 was un­veiled 40 years ago. Since then, it has gone on to write his­tory – first by pow­er­ing the iconic Golden El­lipse wrist­watch, then lay­ing the foun­da­tion for an en­tire fam­ily of ul­tra-thin time­pieces.

While the self-wind­ing Cal­i­bre 240 has been op­ti­mised in many re­spects, it still re­tains its orig­i­nal DNA. It beats with a fre­quency of 21,600 semi-os­cil­la­tions per hour, but now with a bal­ance spring that achieves bet­ter ac­cu­racy.

The tooth pro­files of the go­ing train were fur­ther op­ti­mised as well. This works in re­duc­ing wear, im­prov­ing ac­cu­racy, in­creas­ing the power re­serve and boost­ing long-term re­li­a­bil­ity.

Pay­ing trib­ute to the Cal­i­bre 240’s an­niver­sary, Patek Philippe pre­sented sev­eral new self-wind­ing watches at Basel­world this year. Each em­pha­sises the ver­sa­til­ity of the move­ment, as well as amaz­ing crafts­man­ship.

Just con­sider the Cala­trava watches. One of the mod­els (Ref. 6006) is pre­sented with an off­set sub­sidiary sec­onds dial and ana­log date in a new white-gold ver­sion with a 2mm larger di­am­e­ter.

The Cala­trava high jewellery watch (Ref. 4899/900) fea­tures a feather mo­tif on mother of pearl. It sports di­a­monds and pink sap­phires on the case and buckle as well as a snow set­ting on the dial.

There is also the hand-en­graved Cala­trava skele­ton watch (Ref. 5180/1) in rose-gold. For the first time, the wind­ing ro­tor is dec­o­rated with the logo of the Patek Philippe seal.

Other new Patek Philippe time­pieces pow­ered by the Cal­i­bre 240 in­cludes a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar and world timer. These come in sep­a­rate, equally gor­geous mod­els for both men and women.

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A new Patek Philippe per­pet­ual cal­en­dar for women.

The Cala­trava watches are pow­ered by the Cal­i­bre 240. Pic­tured here is theRef.6006model.

Cala­trava skele­ton watch Ref. 5180/1.

Cala­trava high jewellery watch Ref. 4899/900.

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