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Watch Review: Pilot's Watch IWC Top Gun Miramar

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IWC is one of those brands that pushes forward and takes risks in watch designs. Although creating unique watches can sometimes be hit or miss, IWC hit the mark when they developed the Top Gun Miramar Chronograph. Casually stylish, durable, and intricate, this is one timepiece perfect for completing your watch collection.

 

Materials

The titanium, ceramic finished case echos the military styles inspired by the 1930-1940s era. The beige hands, chapter ring, and green textile strap were also influenced by a military and Miramar pilot design (hence the name). And what we find most impressive is the inside of this timepiece: the 51111 calibre is made entirely in-house and is the largest movement developed by IWC. The soft iron inner case keeps the chronograph’s precision movement protected.

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Design

Although this watch isn’t exactly button-up friendly, it has a casual aesthetic that is necessary for completing a watch collection. First off, the color scheme is divinely matched: iridescent black, olive, cream chocolate brown and red all work together perfectly. Interestingly, the date window is widened by a day in either direction giving the appearance of an airplane altimeter (that’s where you can really see the WWII pilot influence.). In the dark, the dial reveals a wonderfully minimalist appearance. Everything is topped off with a Top Gun engraving embellishing the case back.

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Something else to note: this thing is kind of huge.

 

With a 46mm face, it’s hard to miss. Plus, a large face means an equally large strap to take up more room on the wrist. It may take some getting used to if you’re not used to wearing larger watches, but the style and IWC craft make it worth it.

 

Specs

  • Mechanical chronograph movement
  • Self-winding
  • IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre (89000-calibre family)
  • 68-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds
  • Flyback function
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 16.5 mm
  • Diameter 46 mm


Like what you see? Contact us at info@timepieceperfection.com for more info about the IWC Top Gun Miramar, and take a look at more watches from IWC.

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Guide to Finding Your Watch Model Number

Sure, luxury watches come with the paperwork for authenticity. But what do the variety of numbers mean, and which ones are important? The watch model number is a key part of your watch, and it’s location is found on a specific and unique location depending on the watch. To help you find your watch’s model number, we’ve laid explained how to find it based on your watch brand:

 

Jaeger Le-Coultre:

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Jaeger Le-Coultre can be a little complicated, but your best bet with them is the “Q” number or case back number. Interestingly, there are three models that can identify one Jaeger LeCoultre watch. Some watches are referred to by all three, whereas some are more commonly identified by just one of these numbers. There more popular models are usually in the form XXX.X.XX or a similar format. Jaeger Le-Coultre watches also have what is known as a “Q” model number. This “Q” model number (ex. QXXXXXXX) and a case back number XXX.X.XX are searchable and should be found on the paperwork, tag, and caseback.

 

 

Rolex:

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Having paperwork on hand is key if you need to find your Rolex watch number. Otherwise, finding it directly on your watch can be tricky. Usually, the model number is located between the watch lugs under the bracelet. So, that means that you must remove the bracelet or band. One set of links or lugs will display the watch model number, and the other will display the serial number. If you absolutely need to do this, we recommend having the bracelet removed professionally to avoid scratches.

 

 

Patek Philippe:

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Patek Philippe makes things a little tricky too. On the case back, you’ll see a number, but it only has the serial number. The watch model number is actually located on the inside of the case back. Again, we recommend having the case removed professionally if you absolutely need to find this number.

 

 

Cartier:

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If you’re looking for the model number on your Cartier watch, you’ll find the 4 digit code on the case back and on the paperwork. This particular number serves as a unique identifier that will designate the specific type of model. Others with the same number will have identical size and dimension, but they may differ in materials. When looking for the number on the paperwork, it will typically start with the letter “W” followed by the 4 digit number. Also, if you can’t find the number on the case, don’t worry: some earlier models or quartz models don’t have a model number on the case.

 

 

Breitling:

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If you’re looking for your Breitling model number, you’re in luck: they’re simple and easy to find. Every watch of theirs is marked on the case back with the model number. And on the paperwork, you’ll find the same model number with additional numbers relating to the specific design of the timepiece. There, you may also find another code with a letter followed by five digits indicating the chronometer certificate. However, that doesn’t come standard with every Breitling model.

 

 

Tag Heuer:

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Thankfully, Tag Heuer created a clear and simple system for finding and identifying the watch model. On the case back, their watch will have a serial number and a model number matching that on its paperwork. The watch model number is the one the is number on top, beginning with a letter. In some cases the watch model number can be standing alone, or right above the displayed movement on an exhibition case.

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Why You Need the Limited Edition Breitling Navitimer 1461

 

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“You simply don’t become official supplier to world aviation by chance.” -Breitling

 

Materials

Inside and out, the Navitimer is crafted with materials fit for gentlemen and aviators who appreciate a true luxury watch. The stainless steel bracelet and case ensure a long-lasting luster and protection.  Comprising of over 450 parts, the caliber 19 is actually surprisingly complicated for Breitling. And because it’s COSC Chronometer certified, you can be assured that this Navitimer will be extremely reliable in all its functions.

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Design

There’s several aspects that set apart this particular watch apart. First off, the case is a surprising 46 mm wide, much larger than many standard Navitimer models. And the iconic case is highly polished with double AR coated sapphire crystal. The most attractive concept of this timepiece comes from the blue face contrasted by the white chronograph dial and numerals. It’s modern, yet alluringly classic as an aviation timepiece.

 

Features

 

Annual Calendar (Leap year calendar)

Something interesting about this watch is the title Breitling gave to this calendar feature. Instead of calling it an annual calendar, they refer to it as a “Leap Year” calendar, claiming that it only needs to be adjusted every 4 years instead of annually. (Fun fact: if the calendar functions need to be reset, it is relatively easy and quickly to do so)

 

Chronograph

This features a beautifully designed and accurate chronograph.

 

Moon Phase

The moon phase is a luxurious added feature to enhance aesthetic and functionality to the Navitimer.

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Specs

 

Caliber Breitling 19
Movement Selfwinding mechanical
Power reserve min. 42 hours
Chronograph 1/4th second, 30 minutes, 12 hours
Vibration 28 800 v.p.h
Jewel 38 jewels
Calendar Leap year, pointer (date, day, month, moon phase)
Case Steel, black steel
Back Screwed in

 

 

As of today, we still are auctioning this watch here. Otherwise, you can contact us at info@timepieceperfection.com to get one on your wrist.

 

3 Crucial Tips for Wearing a Watch with a Suit

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If you want to look your best, you should dawn your best suit, and be dressed to impress from head to foot. And of course, your timepiece is crucial for completing a gentleman’s look. To put together a fashionable look, there are a few things to note when considering what watch is/isn’t acceptable to wear with a suit:

 

Material: The Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Gold and Leather
The most acceptable kind of watch to be worn with a suit is a gold case with a black or brown leather band. It creates of look of class and elegance to perfectly compliment a tailored suit. Still, that doesn’t rule out stainless steel watches. After all, a steel Rolex like this one would look impressive with just about any kind of suit:

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DON’Ts: Rubber
If your watch has any kind of rubber on it, it shouldn’t be worn with a suit. Period. A rubber strap indicates that it should be worn for athletic purposes such as diving or other sporting events —definitely not formal occasions.

 

Size: It matters.

A trending style of watch is large, oversized face that takes up a lot of room of the wrist. Although this look works well with some outfits, a suit is simply not one of them. A watch worn with a suit should be more understated with a smaller face. That way, it’ll fit perfectly under a tailored shirt. Most watch enthusiasts would agree that 40 mm is the perfect size for a dress watch.

 

 

Color: Clean & Classic

A clean, white face contrasts best with a black suit. The case can be made of any metal material, all the way from gold to steel.  Top it off with a black leather strap, and you are good to go!


To help out narrow down what kind of watch you should wear with your suit, here are 3 of our recommendations:

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You just can’t go wrong with a classic IWC.

 


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The Panerai Pan 535 has the perfect amount of class and adventure all in one luxury timepiece.

 

 

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You can’t beat the look of this Patek Philippe with a tailored suit.

 

Overall, it’s best not to overthink it. Just follow these tips, and you’ll find just the watch you need for your suit!

 

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Build Your Watch Collection: Richard Mille RM028

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For Richard Mille, the perfect timepiece must be a true exercise in the creation of complex, holistic relationships that unite the interior and exterior of the watch. -Richard Mille

And when you look at the new Richard Mille RM 028 America Diver, their motto rings true. 

This timepiece is bright, bold, and simply badass. 

 

Materials:

As with any other Richard Mille watch, the RM028 Americas Limited Edition Diver has unmatched craftsmanship.
Composed of a three-piece DLC titanium case, measuring 47 mm in width and 14.6 mm in thickness, this watch is incredibly sturdy and beautifully functional. Impressively, the rotating bezel can’t be dislocated by impact: it is formed by three layers that are connected with 22 eight-point-star-shaped screws. And it’s even more durable with it’s high-end, rubber crown protector.

 

Design:

Honestly, until you wear this watch for yourself, you won’t believe how powerful this thing is in both function and design. Whether or not you’re a watch connoisseur, you’ll be able to see why Richard Mille timepieces are very well known for their superiority when compared to other brands in their class. Implementing the use of unique metal alloys and a carbon fiber flange, this timepiece has strength and aesthetic to impress anyone and everyone. The dark finish of the case and the open-work dial are contrasted by the stunning arabic numerals. This watch is set apart by it’s double-push button security mechanism, allowing the wearer to rotate the bezel when both the red arrow and 30-minute buttons are pressed simultaneously in a counterclockwise direction. Everything is balanced perfectly by the white and red hand and dial to give it a sleek finish.

 

Tech Specs:

The Richard Mill RM028 features a Display Back, Center Seconds, Luminescent Hands, Rotating Bezel, Screw-Down Crown, and Luminous indexes.
Movement: Automatic
Case:Titanium
Diameter: 47 mm
Waterproof: 30 ATM
Glass: Sapphire Glass

Dial:
Transparent
Dial numerals

Bracelet/strap:
Bracelet material: Rubber
Bracelet color: Black
Clasp: Buckle
Clasp material: Titanium

The Richard Mille RM028 Americas Diver is a limited edition watch of only 30 pieces that is exclusively available in North and South America. It follows the design lines of the RM025 —Richard Mille’s first diver’s watch.

Sound like your kind of watch? Contact us at info@timepieceperfect.com for more info about the exclusive Richard Mille RM028 timepiece!

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Watch Review: Luminor 1950 Regatta

Looking for a watch that embodies the perfect balance between classic style and modern sportsmanship?

 

Well, we have just what you need: the Luminor 1950 Regatta.

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Born in Florence, Italy, Panerai developed a world renowned art of watchmaking. Paneria’s roots run deep as exclusive suppliers to the Italian Navy, which becomes obvious when looking at the mechanics and design of these high-precision instruments. Take a look at some of the reasons why the Luminor Regatta is one of our favorite luxury watches:

 

Materials

Every watch collection needs a timepiece that is rich with history yet wrought with innovation. Panerai has always used only the most prestigious and durable materials, and they didn’t hold back on the Regatta. Crafted with light, strong, and hypoallergenic titanium, this watch has remarkable physical and mechanical qualities to ensure that it can last a lifetime. So, this watch is virtually impervious to corrosion in a marine environment, making it a desirable seafaring timepiece. And it comes to no surprise that this metal is the material choice for the military and aerospace industries. After all, this titanium is as strong as steel, yet 40% lighter.

 

Design

When we tried the Luminor Regatta on our wrists, it just felt…right. This instrument is not only sleek; it’s comfortable, lightweight, and impressive in all things horological. Framed in the contrasts of a black face and a silver-toned titanium case, the Regatta has a modern color scheme that sets it apart from others of its kind. Orange, blues, and whites subtly tie the piece together, all the way from the hands to the hour markers.

 

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Features

Main feature:

Regatta Countdown

A countdown timer is pretty rare for a mechanical watch, which is what really sets apart this Luminor timepiece. The main feature on this watch in the Regatta Countdown. The reason behind this feature comes from the American Cup’s Boating requirements. Crews are given a 5-minute window to prepare their boats and position themselves for best entry at the starting line.  So crews must manage their speed and cross at maximum speed at the starting line.  Hence, this 5-minute countdown period on the Regatta.

 

Extra Features:

  • Chronograph Flyback
  • Seconds Reset

 

Tech Spec

Movement: Automatic mechanical,
Calibre: Panerai P.9100/R
Jewels: 37,
Power reserve: 3 days, two barrels.
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Chronograph Flyback, Regatta Contdown, Seconds Reset
Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Chronograph hour counter at 3 o’ clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds and minutes hands.Water Resistance: 100 meters

 

Like what you see? Contact us at info@timepieceperfection.com to get your own Luminor Regatta!

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How to Find the Perfect Wedding Watch

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Sure, women are the ones who are supposed to get the engagement ring. But does that mean men are left with the short end of the stick?

 

We don’t think so!

 

Traditionally, a bride-to-be or wife will give her husband some jewelry too: a luxury watch. And it’s much more than an accessory. Timepieces are a beautiful representation of timeless love, and they can be passed from generation to generation as a priceless heirloom.

 

So if you’re looking to get the man in your life something he’ll adore for the rest of your marriage, we’ve put together a guide to finding the perfect wedding watch:

 

1.Know What Brand He’ll Love

Is he a high-end Rolex or more casual Panerai kind of guy? Every luxury watch brand is known for a speciality or niche, such as diving watches, pilot watches, or dress watches. Either way, it’s important to take time to figure out what he would like best for a brand.

 

2. Pick His Style

When choosing the style of watch, it comes down to this: what will he be wearing it for? If he’s lives on the edge or has a taste for adventure, you may want to consider getting him a sports watch. They’re stylish, yet totally functional because they are often crafted with multiple complications. And if he’s more of a Dapper Dan, a dress watch might be best for him. Something more simplistic yet impressively dashing would work better for formal events and outings.

 

3. Remember that Size matters

Watch faces come in a variety of sizes, and you want to make sure you get one that works for your man’s wrist. Even though a large watch face seems manly, it’s often too overpowering. (If it wouldn’t slide effortlessly under his jacket sleeve, it’s not the right size.) Take a look at his other watches to get an idea of what size he prefers, and remember that going with something a little smaller is always safe.

 

4. Think About the Strap

Metal, leather, or rubber — the choices are endless with watch straps. Although the strap style may depend on the type of watch you buy him, the choice is still up to you. Our recommendation is to always go with versatility. You want him to wear this watch as often as possible, so try to pick a strap that goes with everything he’ll wear.

 

5. Choose Something Timeless

The best part about giving your husband-to-be a luxury timepiece is that it’s something that will be cherished in your family line for years to come. That’s why you want to pick something that is classic and timeless in style. Also, do a little research into the watchmakers to see what kind of longevity you can expect out of the timepiece. And, of course, go with something that will last for generations.


Need more tips on how to pick the perfect timepiece? Check out the Timepiece Perfection Guide to help you find the watch that was made for the man in your life.

 

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What's a Chronograph? We Can Tell You:

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One of the most desired complications of a luxury watch is a first-rate chronograph.

 

The funny thing is, most buyers aren’t even sure what exactly a chronograph is — yet alone how to use it.

 

Whether you’re new to the world of timepieces or are an up and coming watch enthusiast, we’ve laid out everything you need to know about this incredibly useful and luxurious function.

 

What is a Chronograph?

To put it simply, a chronograph is stopwatch.

 

At first, chronographs were designed only for pocket watches and functioned exclusively as stopwatches — so they didn’t tell time at all.

Today, chronographs are most commonly used for divers, pilots, boat racers, and racecar drivers. And this function can be as crucial as calculating a diver’s remaining oxygen supply or as simple as timing a race for fun.

 

 

How to Use Your Chronograph

The watch must be properly wound prior to operating the chronograph. Locate the top pusher (usually located at 2 o’clock) and press to activate the chronograph. Then, the chronograph hand will begin rotating around the dial. After 1 minute, the minute recorder will jump to indicate the time that has elapsed, and the chronograph hand will continue to move. When you’re ready to stop the chronograph, press the top pusher again.

 

Types of Chronographs

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    A tachymeter scale is located along the bezel of a watch, and it indicates the average speed of the wearer. To use it, you turn on the chronograph at a specific starting point. Then once you’ve traveled the desired distance, the point of the scale is aligned with the second hand will indicate the speed while traveling that specific distance.
  • rotating bezel
    Every true diving watch comes equipped with a rotating bezel. To use it, the diver rotates the bezel clockwise until the 0 marker on the bezel is aligned with the minute hand. This feature allows for diver to easily measure their time spent underwater.
  • split-seconds
    A split seconds chronograph allows the wearer to time multiple events as once. When you start it, the chronograph hand and the split-seconds hand start together. When the first event ends, you can press the pusher to stop the chronograph hand while the other hand continues to rotate.

 

Our favorites:

 

Breitling

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A Breitling is always a first choice for a pilot’s watch. With ingenuity and exquisite craftsmanship, the Breitling Navitimer Chronomatic 1461 is hard to match.

 

AP Royal Oak

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It’s no surprise as to why the AP Royal Oak Collection is world famous for their intricate and impressive chronographs.

 

Cartier Roadster

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Who said that chronographs are exclusive to sports watches? This dress watch by Cartier is dashing enough to match your best suit, but still suitable to time your favorite sporting events.


Want to know more about the chronograph timepieces offered here? Take a look at our collection.

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What Defines a Luxury Watch?

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Luxury watches are more than just an accessory — they’re an expression of prestige.

 

All the way from the production to the brand name, high-end timepieces are distinctly different from simple, mass-produced watches. To add clarity to what truly sets apart a luxury watch, we’ve laid out 4 aspects to look for:

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1. In-House Movements

When it comes to the quality of luxury timepieces, it’s all about production. True high-end watchmakers develop their instruments using in-house movements, setting their watches apart in terms of speciality. Some watchmakers even do the final polishing and assembly entirely by hand, giving it an exemplary touch found only in a luxury timepiece.  Plus, many luxury timepieces have limited production, inherently raising their value.

 

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2. Brand

Every luxury watch brand has distinguishing factors found in their timepieces.  Rolex, for example, is known for using an expensive and difficult steel called 904L for their watches. That special kind of steel is what keeps their watches looking beautiful for years to come — which is why owning a Rolex comes with a high price tag. And a high-end watch isn’t always defined by the price alone. Watch enthusiasts would classify watches such as Omega and Cartier as luxury timepieces, although they aren’t as expensive as brands such as Blancpain and Audemars Piguet.

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3. Jewelry

A luxury watch should go beyond timekeeping — it has to fit the look of a person with a high-end lifestyle. True luxury watches are made of only the finest materials. High quality, precious metals should protect your timepiece, while retaining the polish and its beauty for years to come. Something else to look for are jewels that decorate the watch. After all, nothing says luxury like gems that line the case or face of a high-end watch. All these materials add to the value of this jewelry.

 

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4. Complications

Watches with complications have features that go beyond the simplicity of timekeeping. A “complicated” watch is one that has many sophisticated functions, including chronograph, date displays, calendars, and time-zone displays. And creating a watch with more complication means implementing thousands of parts and intricate functions to make a truly high-end timepiece.

 

A timepiece that boasts at least 3 complications is generally called a Grand Complication, such as this one from the Audemars Piguet from the Royal Oaks Collection shown above. It features a perpetual calendar indicating the day, date, week, moon phases, month, leap years, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and small seconds at 9 o’clock.


Every watch enthusiast will carry their own opinion about what makes a high-end watch a high-end watch. But here at Timepiece Perfection, we feel that those 4 characteristics are what make up a true luxury timepiece.

What do you think a luxury timepiece should be defined by?

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Build Your Watch Collection: Calatrava by Patek Philippe

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Here at Timepiece Perfection, we put together watch reviews to help you build the perfect watch collection.

More recently, our reviews have consisted of some of the most luxurious sports watches on the market. But this time, we wanted to review a timepiece that was different — something renowned for it’s luxurious craftsmanship yet ravishingly simple in design: a dress watch. After looking through our collection, we decided on the ever impressive Calatrava by Patek Philippe.

 

Among the ranks of ultra-luxury Swiss watchmakers, you’ll find the ever impressive brand of Patek Philippe. Since the first version was introduced in 1932, the Calatrava has been an essential part of the Patek Philippe collection. And although they are known for pioneering innovative complications and dynamic instruments, the simplicity of the Calatrava is what makes it desirable.

 

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Materials:

Known for manufacturing their own watch components and in-house movements, Patek Philippe has used only the finest materials to create their watches. Of course, this Calatrava is no different. Composed of only the strongest and most refined precious metals, this watch is both durable and exquisite. Authentic enamel dial with black Roman Numerals decorate the face for the wearer to quickly and easily tell time. And the case is forged in white gold with a sapphire crystal case back.

 

Design:

“Form must follow function.”
That’s the motto that inspired the minimalist principles of the Calatrava. Understated, pure, yet impressive, it is obviously crafted for someone accustomed to a high end lifestyle.

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To the untrained eye, this Calatrava might seem overly simplistic or even generic. However, a closer look and better understanding of Patek Philippe will reveal that the Calatrava has everything a luxury dress watch needs. The hobnail-patterned bezel show the watchmaker’s artistry and taste for detail. The large white face is framed in White Gold and contrasted by a black, hand-stitched alligator strap. And everything is tied together to the last detail, topped off with a white gold clasp. The superior design and style of the Calatrava is what makes this watch one of the most famous pieces by Patek Philippe.

 

 

Specs:

  • Movement: Mechanical manually wound
  • Caliber: 215 PS
  • Aperture: Seconds subdial
  • Authentic enamel dial
  • Black Roman numerals
  • Strap: alligator with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny black
  • Case back: Sapphire-crystal
  • Case diameter: 36 mm
  • Jewels: 18
  • Bridges: 5
  • Rose gold
  • Water resistant to 30 m

 

Need some help on choosing which luxury watch is best for you? Check out our tips on how pick the perfect timepiece, and let us help you find the most important accessory you’ll ever own.

 

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