GOLDEN TIMEKEEPERS

TWO COL­LEC­TIONS FROM PATEK PHILIPPE IL­LUS­TRATE THE BRAND’S AP­PROACH TO CLAS­SI­CAL RE­FINE­MENT AND HOW IT EM­BRACES THE SPIRIT OF AD­VEN­TURE

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What usu­ally comes to mind when you hear the name “Patek Philippe”? “Clas­si­cal” would be one ad­jec­tive that would cer­tainly pop up, along with “tra­di­tional” or “her­itage.” Yet, the sto­ried Swiss brand ac­tu­ally has some­thing for ev­ery­one, for ev­ery occasion: From dress watches that are sub­tly el­e­gant but would still stand out in a black tie event to sportier time­pieces to ac­com­pany the wearer on more ad­ven­tur­ous out­ings—and still wouldn’t look out of place in said black tie af­fair.

Be­low, we delve into sev­eral nov­el­ties from the brand that beau­ti­fully il­lus­trates how Patek Philippe ex­plores both ends of the spec­trum within its DNA.

Ebony and Gold

Patek Philippe’s Golden El­lipse was first launched back in 1968. For its de­but, the dress watch came with a yel­low gold case and a shim­mer­ing blue-gold dial. A ma­jor up­date was in­tro­duced in 2008, for the col­lec­tion’s 40th an­niver­sary, in the form of the Ref. 5738. This “Jumbo” model fea­tured a plat­inum case mea­sur­ing 34.5 by 39.5mm.

This brings us to 2018, which marks the Golden El­lipse’s 50th birth­day. For the watch’s half-cen­tury mark, Patek Philippe in­tro­duces the Ref. 5738R-001 in rose gold. The warm hue of

the case is then put in beau­ti­ful con­trast against an ebony black sun­burst dial which, in turn, helps ac­cen­tu­ate the rose gold hour mark­ers and hands. This color scheme con­tin­ues all the way to the black al­li­ga­tor strap with its rose gold buckle. A black onyx cabo­chon set in the crown adds the fin­ish­ing touch to the Golden El­lipse’s har­mony of color.

And speak­ing of har­mony, Patek Philippe also of­fers—on re­quest—a pair of match­ing cuff links with an ebony black sun­burst in­lay in a rose gold frame to match the watch’s.

Fi­nally, while the ap­peal of the new Golden El­lipse lies mainly in its aes­thetic qual­i­ties, it is just as much a me­chan­i­cal mas­ter­piece. Patek Philippe’s cal­iber 240 self-wind­ing move­ment is par­tic­u­larly notable for be­ing ul­tra-thin, al­low­ing for the use of a case that’s only 5.9mm thick. Nat­u­rally, this slim case helps the wearer main­tain a stream­lined sil­hou­ette while be­ing dressed to the nines.

For the Fly­ing Pair

A bit of trivia that might be un­known to even sea­soned watch en­thu­si­asts is that Patek Philippe has been mak­ing watches for avi­a­tors since way back in the 1930s. This part of the brand’s her­itage came to the fore­front once again in 2015 with the launch of the Cala­trava Pi­lot Travel Time. The Ref. 5524 was first in­tro­duced in a white gold case paired with a blue dial. The 2018 in­car­na­tion of the watch, the Ref. 5524R-001, comes in rose gold and fea­tures a black dial with a brown gra­da­tion.

As can be ex­pected from a pi­lot’s watch, the Cala­trava Pi­lot Travel Time boasts su­perb leg­i­bil­ity. This qual­ity is then en­hanced with ap­plied, sculpted rose gold nu­mer­als with white lu­mi­nous coat­ings. The broad, lu­mi­nous ba­ton­style hands cer­tainly help as well.

The Cala­trava Pi­lot Travel Time puts a lot of em­pha­sis on the travel part as well. or to be ex­act, the needs of the mod­ern-day trav­eler, in this case with an eas­ily ad­justable sec­ond time zone dis­play. Two push­ers on the left-hand (at 8 and 10 o’clock) move the lo­cal-time hour hand clock­wise and coun­ter­clock­wise—with­out af­fect­ing the watch’s rate of time­keep­ing. The pierced hour hand, mean­while, keeps track of home time. Com­ple­ment­ing this dual time zone dis­play are day/night indi­ca­tors at 9 and 3 o’clock. When the wearer is at home, the two afore­men­tioned hour hands are su­per­posed. And as a fi­nal touch, a patented safety lock pre­vents ac­ci­den­tal ad­just­ment of lo­cal time.

But the story of the Ref. 5524R-001 Cala­trava Pi­lot Travel Time doesn’t end here, as Patek Philippe has also in­tro­duced a ladies ver­sion of the watch, the Ref. 7234R-001. It uses the same move­ment fit­ted into a smaller case (37.5mm com­pared to 42mm for the gent’s ver­sion). Nat­u­rally, the two are per­fect for cou­ples look­ing for pair watches. In­ter­est­ingly, there have been quite a few anec­dotes of cou­ples where the gen­tle­man opted for the smaller and stream­lined Ref. 7234 while the lady would then wear the Ref. 5524 as a state­ment piece. This just goes to show Patek Philippe re­ally has some­thing for ev­ery­one and ev­ery occasion. Dis­cover more at corti­nawatch.com/en/patekphilippe/ All prices are avail­able at Patek Philippe Bou­tique by Cortina Watch at Plaza In­done­sia

“While the ap­peal of the new Golden El­lipse lies mainly in its aes­thetic qual­i­ties, it is just as much a me­chan­i­cal mas­ter­piece”

Cala­trava Pi­lot Travel Time Ref. 7234R-001 and Ref. 5524R-001

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