The first version of the Calatrava was launched in 1932. Recognized as the quintessential watch design today, it personifies a distilled elegance, equilibrium and functionality. Its round case has been reinterpreted in numerous versions without ever sacrificing its legendary purity.
The Ref. 3919 Calatrava with the guilloché “Clous de Paris” bezel introduced in 1985. This inimitable classic is in the annals of watchmaking and remains one of the best known Patek Philippe watches ever crafted. For nearly
10 years, it communicated the spirit of the manufacture in an advertising campaign that is fondly remembered by lovers of beautiful timepieces.
The Patek Philippe 5119R Calatrava watch with the hobnail patterned bezel exemplifies the Patek Philippe spirit. With its round case, elegant dial, and guilloché bezel, the Calatrava “Clous de Paris” is one of the most emblematic ambassadors of the Patek Philippe style. The manufacture’s watchmakers have subtly evolved the timeless classic, creating a slightly enlarged version that underscores its ultra-thin silhouette and the eloquence of its design. It is an irresistible paragon of elegance.
The 5119 is not necessarily a “daily wearer” but definitely falls into the he special occasion category especially given its petite size, as such, its design and craftsmanship will remain relevant for the forseeable future; it is a true classic and thus its legacy is unassailable.
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A PATEK PHILIPPE CALATRAVA, is a true classic a watch that can pass on to the next generation, because of the crystal case back a special engraving is impossible, but a custom strap would definitely compliment any 5119 in any precious metal colour.
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