Should you pay a close attention to the Nautilus collection, it’s just be approximately time-and-date for more than half of its life. For 22 years that the Patek Philippe Nautilus was a two or 3-hand watch with date, nothing less, nothing more. This changed in 1998, with the arrival of the ref. 3710, a watch that both introduced a winding zone index AND the comeback of the “jumbo” instance, as measuring 42mm. The Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710 was available in one version only — steel on steel, with black dial (no two-tone, no stone) — even if produced during 8 decades. The caseback was still closed.
Another highlight from the nine new watches released in honor of Patek’s “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017” from July 13th to the 23rd at Cipriani 42nd Street, is the new Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Watch ref. 5522A-001 New York 2017 Special Edition cased in stainless steel. This ‘grand taille’ watch measuring 42 mm in diameter comes in a 600-piece limited edition and features an exclusive dial reminiscent of vintage Patek Philippe aviator’s watches. A successor to the highly controversial and super cool Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref. 5524G which we featured here, the new ref. 5522 is for sure one of those watches that will become highly collectible due to its stainless steel case and limited production.
Its inimitable blue color recalls the livery of American fighter planes in the 1930s. The large applied Arabic numerals in white gold and the broad baton hands in blued steel have a luminescent coating that assures excellent legibility around the clock. The brown calfskin strap with contrast stitching was inspired by the harnesses paired with classic flight suits. The stainless steel clevis prong buckle resembles the belt buckles that pilots used to secure their survival kits.
Powered by the automatic calibre 324 S which can be admired through the sapphire-crystal back decorated with the engraving “PATEK PHILIPPE NEW YORK 2017”, this new watch is a must have. This watch just like all other eight watches released in honor of the Grand Exhibition will be exclusively sold in the U.S.
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Calatrava Pilot Watch Ref. 5522A-001 New York 2017 Special Edition
Movement: Automatic Movement Calibre 324 S. Number of parts: 182. Number of jewels: 29
Power reserve: Min. 45 hours. Winding rotor: Central rotor in 21K gold, unidirectional winding
Frequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz). Balance: Gyromax. Balance spring: Spiromax (in Silinvar). Balance spring stud: Adjustable
Case: Stainless Steel. Case dimensions: Diameter: 42 mm
Width 9 to 3 o’clock including crown: 45.45 mm
Length across lugs: 50.25 mm
Height crystal to lugs: 9.01 mm
Height crystal to case back: 8.78 mm
Width between lugs: 21 mm
Case Back: Sapphire-crystal display back engraved with “PATEK PHILIPPE NEW YORK 2017″. The watch is water-resistant to 60 meters.
Dial: Brass lacquered blue with applied Arabic numerals in 18K white gold with luminous coating. Baton hour and minute hands in blued steel with luminous coating and seconds hand in aluminum with luminous coating.
Strap: Calfskin, vintage brown, with contrast stitching, stainless steel clevis prong buckle.