Patek Philippe New Models 2022
Patek Philippe have introduced new models for 2022 which feature a new white gold Calatrava, a striking olive green dial in the Twenty~4 collection and for the first time, the Annual Calendar Travel Time features an exciting technical debut combining two complications.
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With its round Calatrava case with unique design and decorative features, an inimitable dial and the new self-winding caliber endowed with eight patents, the Ref. 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time delivers a perfect example of an approach that combines all facets of watchmaking artistry with balanced elegance.
Another addition to the Calatrava collection is the new white gold Reference 5226 which is a perfect illustration of Patek Philippe’s quest for excellence in all fields of the watchmaking art. Starting with the shape of the pure, round case for which Calatrava models have been renowned since 1932, Patek Philippe has revisited this by adorning the flanks with a Clous de Paris hobnail pattern typical of the Manufacture. So as to enable this guilloched motif to continue around the entire caseband, the designers have also devised a distinctive case construction in which the lugs are an integral part of the case back.
A paragon of visual balance and legibility, the perpetual calendar model bearing Reference 5320 was designed in 2017 in a white gold case with a cream-lacquered dial. Its vintage style is reinterpreted in a new white gold version fitted with a gilded opaline rose gold dial. The calendar displays are arranged in the characteristic manner of Patek Philippe perpetual calendar watches since 1941, with a twin in-line day/month aperture at 12 o’clock and a date indicated by a hand surrounding a moon-phase aperture at 6 o’clock. These are complemented by two round apertures: one for the day/night indication between 7 and 8 o’clock; and the other for the leap-year cycle between 4 and 5 o’clock — both of which are useful to adjust the calendar. The extremely accurate moon phases require a one-day correction only once every 122 years.
Reference 5270, launched in 2011, is heir to several generations of Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronographs. Patek Philippe reinterprets this timepiece in a model featuring an iconic yet original style. The radiance of platinum — the most precious metal of all yet also the hardest to work with — magnifies the timeless design of the case, with its concave bezel, its elegant two-tier lugs and its correction push-pieces that are satin-brushed on the flanks and polished on top.
Annual Calendar Reference 5205, with its day/date/month apertures arranged along the arc of a circle, was launched in 2010 as two white gold versions. In 2022, Patek Philippe revisits this model in an original and contemporary color. The case is distinguished by its concave bezel, its hollowed flanks and its skeletonized lugs. This refined architecture is entirely hand-polished by the artisans of the Manufacture. The olive green dial is enlivened by a sunburst motif and by a black gradient around the rim. The day/date/month apertures in the upper part ensure perfect readability of the Annual Calendar indications, with a rose gold frame at 12 o’clock accentuating the most important item of information, the date.
Since Louis Cottier’s invention of this mechanism during the 1930s, the famous Patek Philippe World Time watches have often been adorned with maps in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel depicting various regions of the world.
In 2022, Patek Philippe pays tribute to the dynamism of South-East Asia and to Oceania by interpreting this model in a new white gold version with a Grand Feu cloisonné enamel dial.
To combine geography and poetry, the artisan first marks off the outlines of the continents with a thin gold wire. He then fills the compartments with various enamel colors reproducing the oceans and land masses, while repeatedly firing the enameled dial plate at high temperature in a kiln.
A descendant of the famous Patek Philippe World Time watches launched during the 1930s — and which have become cult models among keen travelers and collectors — Reference 5230 was introduced in 2016. For the first time, Patek Philippe is interpreting this cosmopolitan timepiece in a platinum case combined with a blue dial and strap. The dial center is adorned with a new circular hand-guilloched motif. The ultrathin self-winding movement with its two city and 24-hour rotating disks serves to keep simultaneous and permanent track of the time in all 24 time zones.
Thanks to an ingenious mechanism patented in 1999, the user can simultaneously correct all the World Time displays in one-hour increments by simply pressing the pusher at 10 o’clock.