MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
CASE DIAMETER: 30mm
For many, Patek Philippe is regarded as the pinnacle of watch excellence. With timepieces always crafted in limited numbers, Patek Philippe’s attention to detail and horological aptitude have granted the company acclaim the world over. Its beginnings however, were humble.
Antoine Norbert de Patek began making pocket watches in 1839 in Geneva, accompanied by his fellow Polish migrant Franciszek Czapek. The company that formed was called 'Patek, Czapek & Cie’ and enjoyed relative success but, Czapek had grown restless and desired to form his own watchmaking company.
Meanwhile, during a visit to the French Industrial Exposition Antoine Norbert de Patek met a Monsieur Adrien Philippe who on that day had earned a Gold Medal for his latest invention, a mechanism for watches which allowed them to be wound and set by means of crown rather than a key.
After Czapek and Patek went their separate ways in 1844, Adrien Philippe joined the business and in 1851 the company now known as Patek Philippe was officially established.
Patek and Philippe sought to create a company that was at the forefront of luxury watches with superior movements and quality that far surpassed that of their rivals. Their desire for success granted Patek Philippe admirers in high society and numerous awards globally for horological excellence.
In 1932 Patek Philippe released the reference 96 aka the 'Calatrava'. It would be the first in a line of models as iconic to the Patek Philippe brand as the Speedmaster is to OMEGA or the Daytona is to Rolex.
The gentleman's enduring love affair with the Calatrava is down to its sleek, clean design and aesthetic that feels both familiar and yet surpasses the appearance of any other 'dress watch' that you may find. And while small by today's standards, measuring at only 30mm, on the wrist it still looks and feels as much of a bold statement as any so-called 'oversized' dress timepiece.
However, in the instance that one feels that the reference 96 is a touch too small, Patek Philippe later went on to release the reference 570 in 1938 measuring 36mm.
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