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For Baselworld 2019, the brand launched a fairly unusual combination in its collections: a new and practical complication combined with a steel case.
Behind the reference 5121A-001 is a new timepiece by Patek Philippe, continuing its tradition of practical watches for daily use with a full calendar display. As the names implies, the Calatrava Weekly Calendar shows the number of the week of the year. A slender hand with a red hammer at the tip displays the number clearly on a scale running around the outside of the dial. The feature completes the day display shown in the same way and the date in a traditional counter at 3 o’clock. All these elements stand out clearly against an ivory background. The typeface has a vintage feel and plays an essential role, both practical and attractive.
The central layout consists of five superimposed dials driven by the calibre 26-330, an optimised version of the 324. The crown’s three positions are used respectively to wind the automatic movement (45 hours of power reserve), adjust the date and set the time. Using the corrector at 10 o’clock, you can change the number of the week for years with 53 weeks. A second corrector at 8 o’clock is used to change the day. And you can set the watch to exactly the right time thanks to the stop-second system.
All these features come to life in a 40mm-wide steel case with a design inspired by a unique item from 1995, the reference 2512, especially for the lugs with double gadroons. The Calatrava Weekly Calendar will look good on the wrists of all men with high standards with its leather strap and tang buckle.
Price: 30,350 EUR patek.com
By Dan Diaconu