On the occasion of the BaselWorld 2014 trade show, Patek Philippe has unveiled another gorgeous …
What amazed us is how the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time replica watch has a different (and thankfully) better look once strapped on the wrist. This watch has to be seen for what it is and not only as a Patek. In order to keep a total integrity, we have to look at it without thinking it’s a Patek but instead to look at for a (very) refined and elegant pilot watch, made in 18k white gold and measuring a reasonable 42mm.
Besides the 3 classical hands – hours, minutes and central seconds – the Calatrava Pilot comes with Patek’s classical layout, meaning a GMT hand on the central axis and two apertures that indicate night and day for each time zone – local and home – and a date on a sub-dial at 6, thanks to the calibre CH 324 S C FUS. This self-winding movement is adorned with the Patek Philippe seal – that attests of a very high level of finish and precision. It boasts around 45 hours of power reserve and features Patek’s own free sprung balance wheel – a.k.a Gyromax.
The case – as said before, made of precious 18k white gold instead of usual and more solid stainless steel – is fully mirror polished and comes with a large crown at 3 and thin, curved lugs. The 42mm diameter wears comfortable and offers both a appreciable feeling on the wrist – a pilot watch has to be quite large and 42mm is large for a Patek Philippe – without being too big and then uncomfortable. It also features two lockable pushers at 8 and 10 – as this watch brings one of the most practical complication for a pilot watch: a second time zone feature.
That’s actually the reason why this Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 sounds both odd and familiar: the dial, the indexes and the blued hands are what a pilot watch usually comes with. This Patek uses the same typically aviator codes than, for example, a Zenith Type 20 Aeronef or an IWC Big Pilot Watch (especially Le Petit Prince limited edition). Even if the Patek looks really good, it might be confusing to have such a luxury watch that resemble to a more affordable brand.
Now we have to move to the most important and surprising aspect of this mens fake Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time watch… its dial. Applied on a grained matte (very dark and close to black) navy blue plate are some large, white, luminous Arabic numerals – white gold numerals filled with white superluminova – that are actually both remarkable for a Patek and classical for a Pilot watch.
The main question remains simple: are Patek Philippe collectors going to adopt such a novelty? Yes. Will it be a best-seller? Certainly yes. Is a 42.000 CHF price justified? It seems to be high but quality-wise, it is 100% Patek. Do we like it here at Monochrome-Watches? After a long debate and a few hours to get used to it, yes. The question of the quality, of the finishing or of the functions is not relevant here. This Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is, without a doubt, a very good looking, elegant, extremely well finished pilot watch. However, it has Patek Philippe written on it dial and we have to consider that first, it breaks the actual codes of the brand and then, it is totally in line with other Patek Philippe pilot copy watches.