Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6006G Watch Hands-On
The Patek Philippe Calatrava line of time-just watches has frequently been tragically consigned to live in the shadow cast by the brand’s more complicated pieces like their ceaseless schedules or their right away conspicuous game watch models in the Nautilus and Aquanaut. Truly, it’s reasonable since shy 3-hand time just watches have been a foundation of the line, yet sometimes there are champions that accomplish something somewhat unique. At the current year’s Baselworld we saw the arrival of the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6006G, which gets probably as near unconventional as a basic time and date watch from the brand can truly get.
The Calatrava Ref. 6006G is the replacement to the active Ref. 6000 which was presented back in 2005. Tastefully like the active 6000 arrangement, the significant change in the 6006 is the truly necessary size update to 39mm from 37mm. I think even those individuals who favor a more exemplary measured watch would concur that 39mm is a decent compromise for a contemporary dress watch. Also, in case you’re not an enthusiast of 39mm, I’m certain you can locate an old 6000 out there.
Now, onto the dial, which has four exceptional surfaces. The dark, nearly grainy furthest ring demonstrates the date in white Arabic numerals and you’ll note the date hand highlighting the eighteenth in the picture above. The red-lacquered bolt tipped hand replaces the old lunar sickle, which I believe is a good move here as the bolt coordinates the stylish plan of the watch considerably more here. Moving internal from the date ring is the roundabout brushed hour ring utilizing a bigger number text style in Arabic numerals to show the hours.
Moving further internal is the minutes scale, which is white (practically shiny) with a round guilloché design. This equivalent plan reaches out to the seconds subdial what shares the ring example of the minutes scale. You can likewise see the round guilloché design stretching out from the focal point of the seconds subdial. This all outcomes in a luxuriously finished and dynamic dial that would some way or another crash and burn considering the two-tone shading plan here.
You’ll notice the off kilter seconds subdial somewhere in the range of 4 and 5 o’clock and this was one of the essential distinguishing highlights of the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5000, which was the watch that went before the presently friendly Ref. 6000. First presented in 1991, the Ref. 5000 used the 240 PS development, which was portrayed by this helter-skelter seconds sub-dial.
One of the most welcome revives in the Ref. 6006 is the utilization of new wide, skeletonized hour and moment hands. Set against the generally dark dial, they are neat without being excessively troublesome or blocky because of their open-worked nature. In general, it’s a tastefully satisfying and insightfully done dial. Dislike other Patek Philippe watches and I speculate that reason will help legitimize why a few people will like it and why a few people won’t.
Turning the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6006G around, you’ll see the 240 PS C development. The programmed development is as alluring and perfectly done as you’d expect a standard Patek Philippe to be. While nothing commendable from the brand, I do accept that the Calatrava Ref. 6006G will be the solitary watch using this development, at any rate until further notice. Made of 191 sections and working at 21,600 vph (3Hz), the 240 PS C has a minimum 38 hour power save and greatest 48 hour power save. The piece of the development clearly expected to get the attention is the 22k gold rotor with the Patek Philippe Calatrava cross engraving.
As I referenced, the case is 39mm wide and a thin 8.84mm thick and with 22mm wide carries, it has a decent, considerable wrist presence. The case is done in 18k white gold, which has consistently been one of my most un-favored materials. At the point when I need gold, I lean toward yellow or rose gold. Something else, it’s Platinum when considering pieces that look more repressed however are evident to anybody with a to some degree prepared eye to spot similar to that zenith valuable metal. White gold simply leaves me deadened, however that’s an individual inclination. What I do envision here for the Calatrava Ref. 6006 is a model in steel, yet I’ll hold my breath for now.
The Calatrava Ref. 6006G comes on a croc tie with a 18k fasten. It’s standard, however I need to say it feels simply excessively formal considering the “whimsical” dial of the watch. In any case, it coordinates the overall tasteful of the watch and isn’t something I invested a lot of energy pondering for great or bad.
A fun, unordinary offering from Patek Philippe, the new Calatrava Ref. 6006G will be accessible later in the year. It’s going to take a specific sort of purchaser who prefers the Patek legacy and needs a basic dress watch however has likewise seen a lot of watches that resemble treasures straight out of the shop. Once more, I figure Patek Philippe would do well to make a steel alternative however for the present it might be accessible in white gold. Estimated at just around $30,000, it’s about what you’d expect for a gold Patek Philippe time-just watch. I’m questionably sure about the watch yet it’s a significant retail cost for the peculiar cousin in the Calatrava family. patek.com