[Special Report from Watch House Basel] On April 25, 2013, the annual watch industry event Basel International Watch Fair kicked off. The watch house team went to Switzerland. In front of you, we will bring the exhibition report in the first time, and send the new watch pictures of major brands as soon as possible. Here is a new Basel product for everyone, real shots, friends who like it can see it first.
Most people think that the making of the movement is the essence of the watchmaking process. At Patek Philippe, the design and manufacture of the case has always been equally important as the movement. For decades, Patek Philippe has had its own case-making department, responsible for everything in the field, from sketch design to case polishing, and even diamond setting. The side of the case-gold, platinum or stainless steel-is also made by Patek Philippe using a large tonnage hydraulic press and high-precision molds using traditional cold-molding technology. The dust cover precision hinges that match the highly respected official watch are also made by this department. Except for some processes using high-tech production technology, most of them still need to be made by hand, and the processing accuracy is up to a few millimeters. And perfectly assembled. Under this premise, the case craftsmen of Patek Philippe accepted such a task to design a Calatrava case, the dust cover of the case and the sapphire crystal transparent cover need to be connected to each other through a concealed hinge. In the end they completed the task perfectly.
Using a magnifying glass to carefully observe the new Calatrava Ref. 5227 watch from every angle, you will find that such an artistic masterpiece can only be achieved by Patek Philippe. This is not only because it is a Calatrava watch, but also because it is exquisitely crafted and decorated with Patek Philippe’s acclaimed charming details. The family-owned company of Patek Philippe enjoys complete freedom of innovation in the process of designing new models, and it also contains unparalleled high requirements. All new watches must meet the strict requirements of the Patek Philippe Seal. The history of the Stern family is closely linked to the Calatrava series, and only they have the right to finally decide whether it is necessary to meet the challenge and design a brand new watch. In 1932, the Stern family took over Patek Philippe and launched the first Calatrava watch Ref. 96 in the same year. Since then, Patek Philippe has proved more than once that even the design paradigm like Calatrava can continue to innovate and surpass itself, becoming more perfect.
Self-winding mechanical movement
Date in an aperture
Sweep seconds hand
Ivory lacquered dial, gold-applied hour markers
Strap: shiny alligator with square scales, hand-stitched, chocolate brown
Sapphire-crystal case back protected by an invisibly-hinged dust cover
Water resistant to 30 m
Case diameter: 39 mm
The pictures and information collected by the reporting team in front of the Watch House will be uploaded to the special topics in Basel, so stay tuned.
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