Patek Philippe has delighted watch lovers, with not one, but two new announcements. Not only have they now completed their new production building in Geneva, but they are celebrating the occasion with the launch of a new limited-edition timepiece.
The world of watches came to a halt in March and new releases were inevitably postponed however, Patek Philippe has some exciting announcements for watch lovers. The legendary watch house has been working on a new production building that is now completed, allowing them to look to the future of their watchmaking artistry. To mark the occasion they have released a Limited-edition Commemorative Calatrava Ref. 6007A-001, delighting watch collectors all around the world.
The construction work for the new production building began in 2015 on the outskirts of the city of Geneva and was completed earlier this year. The highly modern architecture of the structure unites all of the manufacture’s Genevan ateliers under one roof, providing a huge advantage given the growing complexities of production operations.
It is also an impressive space for the creation, development and production of their timepieces, with plenty of room to house the various strands of Patek Philippe’s watchmaking story. With 10 floors it offers ample space for craftsmanship, as well as basic and advanced training for their employees and the restoration of antique timepieces.
The new building reasserts their Genevan roots and shows their confidence in the future of watchmaking artistry that perfectly melds tradition and innovation.
It is a tradition at Patek Philippe to mark key events in its corporate history with the launch of limited-edition commemorative watches. To celebrate the completion of the new production building they have created an exclusive Calatrava in stainless steel with a unique design that is sure to be coveted by watch collectors.
The Limited-edition Calatrava Ref. 6007A-001 instantly stands out with its case and broad cambered bezel crafted in polished steel, a very rare material in Patek Philippe’s collection. The design of the dial is particularly dynamic with; the railway track scale of the hour circle with triangular markers, the pierced baton hands for the hours and minutes, the integration of the self-winding caliber 324 S C movement with an aperture date at 3 o’clock and applied Arabic numerals. The grey-blue hue is a signature element that’s accompanied by a subtle circular satin finish that contrasts visibly against the white dial imprints.
Its graphic style emphasizes its technical personality, and the centre of the dial features a ‘carbon’-style texture that plays with light and can be interpreted as an enigmatic footnote referring to the world of high-tech.
It’s finished with a calfskin strap with white decorative seams, a prong buckle and a delicately embossed structure reminiscent of textile fabrics that are coordinated in terms of colour and structure to match the dial centre.
The commemorative timepiece is a limited-edition of 1000 watches. The sapphire-crystal caseback is specially marked with the Calatrava cross and the ‘New Manufacture 2019’ inscription, as 2019 was the year when the first work groups moved into the new building. This exclusive watch is a lasting symbol of this new chapter in the history of Patek Philippe.
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