When it originally went ahead the market in 2015, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524G plainly made some clamor. It was essentially miles from your exemplary Calatrava watch and denoted the main creation Pilot’s watch made by Patek (there were a few models previously, however). In any case, the watch discovered its spot in the assortment, as a sportier yet still sumptuous offer. It was then be trailed by a moderate size offer (publicized as a ladylike watch, yet that I like to call unisex), with indistinguishable capacities and a more modest 37.5mm. What’s more, presently there’s another adaptation of this watch in blue clothing. Meet the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 7234G-001.
In 2015, the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time truly shocked the group at Baselworld. Presumably, this was a problematic watch, particularly compared to other incredibly traditional watches offered in the Calatrava assortment (slim, compact dress watches generally). An exceptionally uncommon plan for Patek with a huge and lively case, matte blue dial with enormous white numerals and glowing hands… nothing about the Pilot Travel Time was conventional, at any rate for the brand. In any case, this watch didn’t come all of a sudden and its foundations can be followed back to 1936. To be sure, it took motivation from two aviator’s watches that had been made in the assembling in 1936 and are presently shown at the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. They were unique siderometer (hour-point) watches that permitted pilots to effectively, decisively, and quickly decide their present positions. In 2015, the idea was somewhat extraordinary and the watch was housed in a 42mm white gold case and outfitted with a smart double time zone work. In 2018, notwithstanding the new 5524R , the brand dispatched a more modest adaptation – which, at 37.5mm, is plainly a moderate size offer as per us – with the reference 7234R .
For 2020, Patek Philippe is adding another white gold model to the assortment, which likewise incorporates a fairly complex model, the Alarm Travel Time 5520P – here once more, a watch that didn’t produce consensus… The new Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 7234G takes on all the ascribes of the earthy colored dial and rose gold variant, just contrasting regarding materials and colours.
The 37.5mm instance of this Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is presently made of 18k white gold. Despite the fact that we actually accept that hardened steel would be a more suitable material for this pilot-enlivened model, white gold likewise fits the idea better regarding shading, being more careful and more easygoing than rose gold. The case holds its completely cleaned surfaces and is outfitted with the mark (questionable..) twin-pushers at 8 and 10 o’clock, used to activate the subsequent time zone. These are in a bad way as is the crown, yet water-opposition is evaluated at 30 meters. The case remains fairly dainty at 10.78mm, which combined with the compact measurement makes it an extraordinary alternative for present day ladies or men who’re searching for something more rich than the 42mm of the Ref. 5524.
The other oddity in this Ref. 7234G-001 is the dial, which is really equivalent to the primary 5524G. Thusly, this metal based dial has a matte, grained blue lacquered surface and is furnished with enormous, exceptionally differentiated white gold applied Arabic numerals, liberally loaded up with Super-LumiNova. Same goes for the hours and minutes hands, which are vintage church style made of blued white gold and furthermore radiant. The showcase is completed by a date by hand at 6 o’clock, a focal white openworked home-time hand and two round gaps, which are night-and-day markers for both neighborhood and home time. The subsequent time zone is too pragmatic and is incited by pushers (+ and – ) in one hour increments.
The easygoing plan of the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 7234G-001 is complemented by a blue calfskin tie and shut by a prong clasp. The watch is likewise conveyed with an extra vintage earthy colored strap.
Inside the case is Patek’s exemplary programmed type 324, a development utilized in different assortments (incl. the Nautilus and the Aquanaut). This development has a 21k gold focal rotor and runs at a 4Hz recurrence. It is outfitted with Patek’s current advancements, for example, the Gyromax equilibrium and Spiromax balance spring. Its force save is, notwithstanding, on the short side – min. 35 hours and max. 45 hours. The caseback is in sapphire, so the decent beautification of cleaned inclines, Geneva stripes and the attractive swaying weight can be appreciated. The watch is confirmed by the Patek Philippe Seal.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 7234G-001 comes notwithstanding the current 7234R, and accordingly is the more modest pendant to the mid 5524G. It will be estimated at EUR 42,180. More subtleties at patek.com .