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Introducing The Patek Philippe 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar

Introducing The Patek Philippe 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar

Quick Take

The ref. 5212A-001 Calatrava Weekly Calendar is an extraordinariness for Patek Philippe. Instead of the precious metal case commonly used for Calatravas, the 5212A is cased in stainless steel. Notwithstanding showing the day of the week and the date, the 5212A also shows the quantity of the week in the year. The weeks are numbered as per the ISO 8610 standard, which specifies that the first entire week at whatever year must start on Monday, not Sunday, and that the first entire seven day stretch of the year is what contains January 4. An element of the standard is that occasionally a year will contain 53 instead of 52 weeks, which is accounted for in the calendar mechanism and numbering scheme on the dial (the typography, according to Patek, is exceptional and is based on the penmanship of one of the watch designers). The date is corrected from the crown and both the work day and week number indications can be adjusted by means of two correctors set into the case flank. Owners will actually want to correct any of the indications whenever, day or night, without risking harming the mechanism.

The new development created for the watch is caliber 26-330, and it is based on the self-winding caliber 324. It is 26.6mm in measurement and 4.82mm thick (the calendar works add 1.52mm in stature to the base caliber’s 3.30mm tallness, hence the designation). Notwithstanding the calendar works, there are other new features. The driving wheel for the center seconds is LIGA-fabricated, and is equipped with teeth with both a special profile and brief enemy of backlash spring to take up any slack in the driving system. As well, the stop seconds mechanism is designed to “kick-start” the balance when the crown’s pushed back in, for better precision close by setting and furthermore to take out the low-frequency stretch that regularly accompanies restarting a watch whose balance has been stopped.

Starting Thoughts

This is an interesting improvement from Patek on several counts. In a bigger context, the Nautilus in steel, reference 5711A, or any version of the Aquanaut, are all effectively unobtanium for anybody yet the most faithful clients of an approved vendor. Calatravas and other complicated watches have struggled to sell at scale in recent years as interest for sports and bracelet watches has skyrocketed. While the Nautilus is the most discussed watch, it makes up a small percentage of sales for Patek Philippe, and they have been candid about liking to keep it as such. A major piece of their strategy seems to make their round and complicated watches look less dressy – for instance, the 5172G that was announced this week as well, with a vintage style case and dial and a calf, as opposed to crocodile strap, and there could be a gesture to the references 2499 and 3970, in a further exertion to combine more and less formal visual cues in a single watch.

The ref. 5522A Pilot’s Calatrava for the New York Grand Exhibition is an illustration of a steel Calatrava, anyway that was a restricted release; this might be the first series-produced round watch in stainless steel from Patek in the advanced time. All the others – references 5004A, 5565A, and 5522A – were totally restricted production watches designed for collectors. The 5212A, then again, appears to be a mainstream, series-produced, non-restricted version watch. There is a precedent for round steel Pateks in the vintage period; references 96, 570, and 565 were all accessible in steel, and it will be interesting to see whether the uncommonness of steel Pateks in present day production, as well as the clear market interest in stainless steel, less formal-looking timepieces, will translate into enthusiasm for the new. 

The Basics

Brand: Patek Philippe
Model: Calatrava Weekly Calendar
Reference Number: 5212A-001 

Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 10.79mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Silver opaline with black typeface based on designer’s penmanship
Indexes: Blackened 18k white gold with four facets
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Hand stitched calfskin strap

The Movement

Caliber: 26-330 S C J SE
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day of the week, and week number
Diameter: 26.6mm
Thickness: 4.82mm
Power Reserve: Minimum 35, greatest 45 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 50
Additional Details: Gyromax balance with Spiromax silicon balance spring

Pricing & Availability

Price: CHF 29,500
Availability: TBD
Limited Edition: No, normal production.

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