Patek Philippe introduces the Calatrava 5224R with a 24-hour dialBorna Bošnjak
- The Patek Philippe 5224R is slated to be the ultimate travel Calatrava
- It pairs a slim micro-rotor calibre with a travel time complication and 24-hour display
- All the movement functions are operated via the crown via a patented system
The travel time has become somewhat of a Patek Philippe signature over the years, with the globetrotting time display making its way into more and more of the maker’s collections. New for 2023, the Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 5224R combines this useful complication with a 24-hour dial, while retaining Calatrava signatures like the stepped bezel and lugs.
To help preserve the clean lines of the 42mm by 9.85mm rose gold case, Patek Philippe integrates all the movement interaction into the crown, freeing the case band of any unnecessary pushers or correctors.
The dial will certainly be the biggest point of contention – not only for its 24-hour layout but its orientation, too. Those familiar with 24-hour dials will expect the 24 to sit where the 12 usually sits, but Patek Philippe flips that upside down – a curious choice. As expected, the dial finishing is exquisite and complex, combining azurage, circular graining and brushing. Applied Arabics are used for the even numbers, while the odd ones are replaced by applied batons – both of which get cut off by the seconds sub-dial.
It’s a Patek Philippe folks, the movement will be lovely whichever way you look at it. The micro-rotor calibre 31-260 PS FUAH makes the most of the brand’s know-how, adding travel time and 24-hour modifications to a thin time-only base. All of the movement’s functions are controlled via the crown via a patented mechanism, and its tech specs aren’t too shabby either, with a Gyromax/Spiromax balance/balance spring combination and a 48-hour power reserve. The first crown position is used for winding, the second for local time adjustment in one hour increments, and the final for setting the time, which also hacks the movement.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 24-Hour Display Travel Time 5224R-001 pricing and availability:
The Patek Philippe Calatrava 24 Hour 5224R is available now. Price: €57,630
|Calatrava 24-Hour Display Travel Time
|42mm (D) x 9.85mm (T)
|18k rose gold
|Navy blue with azurage, snailing and circular brushing
|Navy blue calfskin with rose gold pin buckle
|Calibre 31-260 PS FUS 24H, in-house, micro-rotor in platinum
|Travel time, 24-hour display, local and away time, minutes, small seconds