Patek Philippe is to be congratulated on the arrival of the latest generation of the Calatrava. The timepiece has a long history in the luxury brand’s impeccable lineup and continues in an evolved form as a prized entry-level luxury timepiece. The most recent iteration is, arguably, the most modern and interesting member of the ancestral line with a new movement and its personality, offered in three versions, as the offspring of the Reference 96 from decades down the line. The Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 6119 is now available at select authorized vendors for the brand. It promises to deliver a new option with a modern approach that retains the full DNA of the family. Before we dive directly into the finer points of this new masterpiece, we turn to the origins of the model that bear significant importance in our understanding of its magnificence.
The history of the Calatrava
The present Calatrava Ref. 6119 is the product of decades of evolution in fine watchmaking. To understand its true merit is to know the history of its origins. Watches by SJX explains that the name Calatrava came about in 1932, the name of the Patek Philippe emblem. The model was born during the Great Depression during a time when luxury items were often foregone due to economic chaos. The Stern family took over Patek Philippe, introducing the Calatrava Ref. 96. A thin watch with a 31 mm diameter was small yet made its mark in the history of horology. the combination of generic elements with baton markers, dauphine hands, and wide lug spacing set a tone stylistically that stuck. Through the decades, other members of the Calatrava family emerged with the Calatrava 130, adding a chronograph function. Others would follow, each bearing unique features that sparked distinct personalities. The Calatrava Ref. 6119 features elements from many of its predecessors in one superb example, that bears witness to its history with a hint of reverie.
Overview of the Ref 6119
The 6119 is a reference with historical ties to its predecessors, but it has emerged as the modern representative of the family. It’s a formal dress watch with a semi-sporty aesthetic that is as appropriate as casual attire. It gets its basketweave guilloche dial from the reference 6007A, keeping the genetics flowing. The new timepiece is dubbed Clous de Paris, and it features a new movement with a thin depth and larger circumference.
A closer look at the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6119 Clous de Paris
The Clous de Paris unmistakably bears the DNA of its ancestors with a few modern twists. The case is available in a choice of white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold, according to Deployant. The classically round case is the first 39 mm size in the line, with a polished finish accented by the Clous de Paris guilloche bezel with its intricate detailing, otherwise referred to as a hobnail styling pattern. The 6119R features an eggshell dial with silver grain to reflect hints of light when viewed at certain angles. Although the case has grown in circumference, it remains an ultra-thin timepiece. The depth of the case including both sapphire crystals measures just 8.08 mm. Markers in bar styling with arrowhead faceting are applied in matching metals of precious rose, yellow, or white gold, depending on the version, with the second set of dot markers in the same material with a high polish. Faceted Dauphine hands are made to match. The simple time-only design is enhanced with a subsidiary seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The case back is an exhibition style that reveals a view of the mechanical workings of the movement beneath. It’s protected both front and back with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens. The watch is as lovely flipped over as viewed from the top.
The Calatrava Ref. 6119 is powered by an in-house Caliber 30-255PS self-winding movement. It’s ultra-thin at a mere 2.5 mm thick with a circumference of 30.4 mm featuring a double-barrel Gyromax balance with a 65-hour power reserve and a stop-seconds hacking mechanism with twenty-seven jewels. The power plant beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It’s a lovely design featuring precious metals in the bridges and wheels with hours, minutes, and second functions.
Other notable features
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6119 is larger yet reported by Hodinkee reviewers to be comfortable on the wrist. The timepiece affixes to the wrist via a genuine alligator leather strap in black or brown color choices. The pin buckle closure has matching precious metals with a unique arrow design denoting it as a feature of the brand, originally designed by Henri Stern and their family. This watch is water-resistant to thirty meters. The white gold version features an attractive charcoal gray dial offering a distinguished and sophisticated aesthetic. The choice of three metals renders three distinct personalities and associated vibes.
We greet the new member of the Calatrava family as the first example in the next generation of the collection. Inherently, a Calatrava, the modernization has changed some of the features with the larger size and a brand-new movement for the entry-level time-only wristwatch. The 6119 has a vintage appeal with elements reminiscent of other Calatrava’s, presented for a new audience of watch enthusiasts. In some ways, seeing this watch is like taking a trip down memory lane. That is for those with a penchant for the Calatrava collection. Here is one more to add to your current trove of treasures. The 6119 may be the best entry-level luxury watch for 2022. It’s available in your choice of yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold metals. The price of this remarkable new timepiece is $29,750 per example. You can learn more about the new Calatrava Ref. 6119, Clous de Paris by visiting the official Patek Philippe website.