There are watches and then there are watches. And then there is the watch. This is the latter. The Calatrava is arguably the most recognizable high end watch in the game, known for stunning classicism, slim shape, and of course, flawless Patek craftsmanship. In the world of wristwear, Patek Philippe is far and away the gold standard, and the Calatrava is their classic model — even though the company started as a pocket watch maker.
So what makes a Patek Philippe so desirable? It’s not just the name. Honestly. Patek has a long history as a Swiss watchmaker, and to date, they make every part themselves — an incredibly ambitious feat in the modern marketplace. So in a lot ways, what you’re paying for is the best parts all made by the same company: which spells a level of consistency in the movement unattainable by counterpart companies acquiring parts from abroad. The jewels they use in the movement are top of the line, not just reject rubies, and the gold they use is soft and saturated in color in the way that few jewelers manage to succeed at creating. Or just look at that detailing along the bezel.
Writing about some things is difficult: we don’t have access to a vocabulary to convey our passion for this. To really understand you might just have to see our jaws drop at the sight of this. If a classic specimen like this doesn’t get your heart pounding, we don’t know what will. It’ll cost you over $20k, by the by. Again, only buy high end watches in stores, especially Patek. The only tough thing about this brand is that there are really only two places to get Pateks serviced in the US: New York and LA, though Vegas may have some sketchy options.