It has been eight years since Patek Philippe launched a Pilot-style watch. It was the surprising Journey Time 5524G, a watch that induced plenty of discussions, primarily as a consequence of its controversial look and a complicated attachment to the Calatrava household. The inaugural reference, the variants to comply with, together with the now-discontinued 7234, and the 2019 Calatrava Pilot Alarm Journey Time 5520P, with its 4 protruding pushers, proceed to look barely odd in comparison with the remainder of the Calatrava watches. Nonetheless, the brand new aesthetic launched by Patek Philippe in 2015, with a nod to a historic 1936 mannequin referred to as the “hour angle dial” (a singular watch with distinctive options and an hour hand making one journey across the dial in 24 hours), is right here to remain. So that you higher get used to those not-so-Patek-ish – no matter this implies – timepieces. The Pilot fashion sequence is increasing its attain with two just lately added Calatrava Pilot Journey Time Chronograph fashions. We spent sufficient time with the brand new Reference 5924G to start to just accept it, and hope you’ll agree that these are cool sporty-ish watches, for the least.
With the brand new Calatrava Pilot Journey Time Chronograph 5924G, what you see, is what you get. There are two dials, the sunburst blue-grey and the lacquered khaki inexperienced, with dial components and straps supporting the bottom dial color of every variant. The 5924G white gold case is 42mm broad and 13,05mm thick, with 30m water resistance, which isn’t lots, which means it’s okay to face up to moisture from splashes, however then once more, pilots, as a rule, keep away from touchdown within the water whereas sporting gold watches. The dimensions isn’t splendid by fashionable requirements, however the Calatrava Pilot sequence attraction to extra assured and succesful wrists. The crown and the outstanding chronograph push-pieces at 2 to start out/cease and at 4 o’clock to reset/flyback add to the sensation of dealing with a big watch.
On the dial, we’ve got 4 arms to learn the native and residential time (stable sword-shaped arms for the native hours and minutes, skeletonised is for the house hours) and date indication; there’s a central seconds hand for the flyback chronograph, and the indicator with the 60-minute chrono counter at 6 o’clock. The day and night time indications for the native and residential time are appropriately marked, the gold utilized numerals with luminescent coating are in keeping with the remainder of the sequence, with indices at 6 and 12 virtually wholly “eaten” by superimposed subdials – and I really feel very sorry for that poor 12.
You should be questioning how the native time (and date) are adjusted on this watch, because it has the journey time perform present in the non-chronograph reference 5524, the place there have been pushers on the left aspect of the case to carry out the straightforward setting. For the date, there’s a corrector on the highest aspect of the case, and the left pushers, so sensible on the 5524, had been changed by barely bigger than traditional correctors, maybe to utilize them much less worrying. However you’ll nonetheless want a pen or small software to function them. The Calatrava Pilot Alarm Journey Time 5520P had a pair of pushers on either side of the case; perhaps making use of the identical design to a lesser difficult watch was deemed ungraceful by Patek. Nonetheless, journey time adjustment inconvenience apart, the brand new reference with the flyback chronograph seems fairly balanced and promising, desirous to fulfill these seeking to personal a pilot’s watch, with two useful (to pilots) capabilities, however not able to choose something however Patek Philippe.
This pair of Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Journey Time Chronograph 5924G depends on a self-winding CH 28-520 C FUS calibre, with 370 elements, first launched by PP in 2014, powering up the Nautilus 5990 (40.5mm case, an undisputed magnificence). The calibre is seen by way of the sapphire crystal caseback; the central gold rotor is engraved with the PP cross, and the motion is properly embellished, worthy of the model. The ability reserve stays to be talked about as 45 to 55 hours max., not nice, however by no means a disappointment – an inconvenience perhaps, however one thing tells me Patek homeowners have specifically skilled robots to maintain the watches wound always.
As talked about earlier, Patek Philippe launched two new Calatrava Pilot Journey Time Chronograph fashions, Ref. 5924G-001 has a blue-grey sunburst dial, worn on a grained navy blue calfskin strap, whereas Ref. 5924G-010 encompasses a lacquered khaki inexperienced dial and is equipped with an olive inexperienced calfskin strap with a singular end for a classic look. The straps use a single-prong buckle to safe the watches on the wrist for a good larger “classic” expertise.
For closing remarks or last ideas, the Calatrava Pilot Journey Time Chronograph is a high-end timepiece. A detailed encounter can simply change your notion from adverse (if) to extremely optimistic. Count on a big watch executed to the Patek requirements, with a Patek price ticket (presently EUR 75,100 with EU taxes or CHF 64,000 earlier than taxes). Count on it to be totally different, and controversial but additionally stuffed with appeal and character. And be ready when discussing its design, ergonomics, user-friendliness, and even fairly small-size (31mm) motion fitted right into a 42mm case. If not one of the above turns you away, go for it (see if you should buy one). For extra particulars, go to www.patek.com.
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