“You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely hold it for the next generation.” The iconic tagline for Patek Philippe captures perfectly the essence of their Calatrava watch, famously known as “the most handsome watch ever made”. The Calatrava is a treasured heirloom in many families, passed down to future generations with pride. A true dress watch, the Calatrava is perfectly suited for life’s most important events. What is it about the Calatrava, other than its timeless beauty, that propelled the timepiece to this pedestal above its peers?
The Calatrava’s design is streamlined and simple. Its key characteristics are the sharp dials, wide, flat, rounded face, and firm leather wristband. The watch is most commonly purchased in yellow gold. Additionally, the timepiece is worn by both men and women, a novelty amongst fine watches. This is a key factor in the watches’ success: because the piece can be passed down from father to daughter, or from mother to son, you’ll often find Calatravas passed down as family heirlooms.
Created in 1932, the Calatrava was quite ahead of its time. The watch featured a sleeker, more subtle design than the chunky, heavy watches popular in its time. But the roots of the name “Calatrava” go much farther back. 1887 was the year the Calatrava became the official symbol of the Genevan manufacturer. The cross was the emblem of the Order of the Calatrava, a military order that received papal approval after saving a Spanish castle from Arabic invasion. This had great significance to the watchmaker, a devout Catholic. When the watch debuted in 1932, Patek Philippe christened this most famous watch model with the name of the cross. As any true horologist knows, the small symbol is often found on the watch case and/or dial.
This luxury watch is a favorite amongst the rich and famous, and is often featured on prominent wrists. Russian president Vladimir Putin and GE CEO Jack Welch both favor the Calatrava above any other timepiece. We are incredibly proud to offer the Calatrava amongst our collection of discount luxury watches.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava is truly a timepiece for the generations. The time is now to create a family heirloom while enjoying the height of workmanship, class, and impeccable design.