The Calatrava – widely considered to be the flagship line of Patek Philippe replica timepieces – was first introduced in 1932, the first of its kind being the Ref. 96. Even after so many years (85 years and counting), the design of the Patek Philippe Calatrava has barely changed from the original.
Arguably one of the most emblematic Calatravas ever made is the Ref. 5119G-001 that debuted in Baselworld 2006. We went hands-on with this beauty and found that there’s more to it than meets the eye. Here, we bring you the technical details of the Calatrava Ref. 5119G-001 and our thoughts on this charmer of a dress piece.
Known for its subtle elegance, the Calatrava is timelessness incarnate and impervious to short-lived trends that are so systemic in today’s watchmaking industry.
In an era where dress watches are no longer defined by size, it is refreshing to see one that still plays by the old rules. The Ref. 5119G has a stainless steel case that measures a restrained 36 mm in diameter and 7.2 mm in thickness. The watch cuts an exceedingly elegant silhouette on the wrist at these proportions, but it is not apologetic. It has more than enough charisma to stay relevant on the wrist in spite of its dainty size and this is partly due to its nuanced bezel. The famous ‘Clous de Paris’ hobnail pattern on the bezel of the Ref. 5119G borrows heavily from the venerable Calatrava Ref. 3919. The diamond guilloché adds to the character of the watch exponentially and enhances not just the visual, but also the tactile impact of the watch. The aesthetics of the case is rounded off with satin-finished sides, mirror-polished straight lugs, and a slightly domed crystal.