Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524R Watch Hands-On
When the primary Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524G was declared at Baselworld in 2015, to say that the watch world was stunned would be putting it mildly. Plainly, it was not normal for whatever else that Patek Philippe made and even in the wake of discovering that Patek did surely make pilots looks for the military path, thinking back to the ’30s, I actually can’t fold my head over the 5524G. Presently, three years on, Patek has presented another rendition in rose gold and with an earthy colored dial. This is the new Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524R.
If you passed up the backstory of the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time watch, let me fill you in rapidly. The motivation came from old Patek ‘hour-point’ watches that could be utilized for route when utilized with a sextant and radio sign. They are particular looking watches that, similar as the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, look not at all like whatever else that Patek makes. The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is anything but a careful reissue or praise to those watches, yet plainly with its huge blue hands and huge Arabic hour markers, it was intensely enlivened by them.
The new Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524R is indistinguishable from the prior 5524G except for the case material and the shade of the dial. It comes in a 42mm case that is very lively looking and wears significantly bigger than the specs would recommend to a great extent in view of the sizable crown and enormous pushers for changing the travel time complication at 8 and 10 o’clock. It is significant that the huge pushers may delve into your wrist relying upon how you wear the watch. Other than that, general wearing comfort is very good.
The earthy colored sunburst dial is a decent counterpart for the rose gold case. It makes a warm sparkle that makes the Ref. 5524R seriously charming when compared to the previous 5524G. The 5524G presently appears to be somewhat cold and clinical by comparison. Clarity is first class as well. The huge Arabic hour numerals are loaded up with white Super-LumiNova and have gold edges, which complement the earthy colored dial and rose gold case nicely.
Patek’s Travel Time watches are probably the best double time zone watches around in light of their usability and readability. The pushers at 8 and 10 o’clock let proprietors rapidly advance the hour hand in hourly additions as they get across time zones. This likewise changes the date. There’s a second stenciled hour hand that stays fixed to show home time. To one side and right are two more modest gaps that show whether it’s day or night in the particular time zones. Furthermore, when you are back home you can change the fundamental hour hand so it covers the stenciled hour hand and it would appear as though a customary three-hand watch. I like this element a lot.
The development inside is the 324 S C FUS, which is likewise utilized in Patek’s other Travel Time pieces like the Aquanaut Travel Time. It is a self-twisting development with 294 sections, a Gyromax balance, and a Spiromax balance spring. It likewise has a huge focal rotor made out of 21k gold. It has a base force save of 35 hours and beats at 4Hz. It is pleasantly embellished and is noticeable through the sapphire presentation caseback. Presently, the 324 S C FUS is anything but an especially huge development, estimating only 31mm across. Therefore, the 42mm instance of the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is somewhat enormous for the development and you can see there is a serious huge measure of ‘case’ that encompasses the development when you turn it around.
Patek likewise delivered a more modest, probably ladies’ adaptation of a similar watch this year called the Ref. 7234R. It utilizes similar development however comes in a more unimposing 37.5mm case. Turning that watch around, you can see that the development fills the case more proper and there isn’t as much void space in the caseback.
Despite the underlying stun of the watch, the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time has become one of the brand’s most mainstream pieces and I’m informed that it is extraordinarily difficult to get one. Subsequent to taking care of one in the tissue, it is not difficult to perceive any reason why. Despite the fact that it may not resemble your model Patek, it is amazingly all around made, utilitarian, and alluring in its own specific manner. For Patek gatherers who consistently wanted that the brand had something all the more uproarious and gaudy, the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is the appropriate response and I think this new form in rose gold and with an earthy colored dial is much more – for absence of a superior word – blingy. The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524R is evaluated at 42,000 CHF. patek.com