Introducing: The Patek Philippe 5522A Limited Edition Pilot's Calatrava
Tomorrow in New York City, Patek Philippe will commence a gigantic, 10-day-long, open-to-the-public “Fabulous Exhibition” named “The Art of Watchmaking.” The occasion will occur at Cipriani on 42nd road opposite Grand Central Station and will highlight many the main pieces from Patek’s set of experiences just as takes a gander at all that the production represents today. To observe, Patek has uncovered a modest bunch of restricted version items that we’ll be covering here today. Maybe not the most intriguing but rather for sure the most agreeable, is this new time-just Calatrava reference 5522A. Indeed, “A” as in “acier,” or steel.
Reference 5522A is a lot of a pilots watch along these lines as the nothing if not dubious reference 5524G pilots travel time from 2015 . We see exactly the same blue polish dial from the 5524G with applied Arabic numerals in 18K white gold with radiant covering. The hour and moment hands are back in blued steel with brilliant covering – the seconds hand is aluminum, additionally with iridescent coating.
The 5524 is 42mm in breadth by 9mm thick, a huge distance across by most records in the realm of Patek Philippe, however a moderately slim one. Driving this time-just watch is simply the type 324 S, the benchmark Patek self-winding development that you’ll discover say, in the 5711 Nautilus. You can see it through a sapphire caseback engraved “PATEK PHILIPPE NEW YORK 2017.”
The 324 comes with a few very good quality highlights, for example, the Gyromax equilibrium and Spiromax balance spring (in Silinvar – Patek’s name for silicon). The force hold is 45 hours and keeping in mind that we’ve seen the 324 type base in a few unique watches in the current line-up, I can’t remember a utilization in the “324 S” cycle, which highlights focal seconds yet no date. The 324 (no S) is utilized in this singular reference without a seconds hand and the 324 SC is a similar type with date and that is utilized everywhere on the damn spot however a focal seconds, no date emphasis is another thing. As a matter of fact, I don’t see it referenced on the Patek page for the type 324 and its family . Well this shouldn’t imply that there is any genuine specialized advancement found in the reference 5522A, it’s a fundamental time-just watch utilizing a type that has been around in some structure for 10 years or more. All things considered, many will value that the 5522A is date window-less, despite clear commercial inclination for those watches with a date (maybe why this is the first occasion when we see the utilization of 324 in the S rather than SC incarnation).
The lash on the steel 5522 is a vintage style earthy colored calfskin with contrast sewing and steel “clevis” style clasp that Patek says “looks like the belt clasps that pilots used to get their endurance kits.”
Now for the points of interest. The Patek Philippe pilot’s Calatava reference 5522A will be a restricted version of 600 pieces (indeed, 600 pieces!) at a cost of $21,547. Every one of the 600 pieces will be allotted only to U.S. retailers, of which there are 89. Clearly the bigger business sectors will be given more than those in more modest locales, however that compares to around seven watches for every retailer. It doesn’t sound so terrible when you hear that, however I will confess to wheezing perceptibly when I heard there would be six hundred pieces for simply the U.S. market. But, thinking of it as’ steel, has no date, and is valued not exactly your fundamental tempered steel Nautilus (which you can barely get from an approved vendor at any rate), something reveals to me these will fly.
More on the 2017 Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition to come.