The luxury replica Patek Philippe Calatrava watches is one of the most revolutionary watches in the history of watchmaking, despite its apparent simplicity. In fact, it is its sobriety, its timeless elegance and the extreme purity of its lines that forever set the standards for dress watches when the first Calatrava appeared in 1932.
It is also a key model for understanding why Patek Philippe remains one of the most respected and revered Swiss manufactures in fine watchmaking today. The house has a long history, since it began its journey in 1839 –as Patek, Czapek & Cie– in Geneva making pocket fake watches for sale and its good work even impressed Queen Victoria of England, who acquired a beautiful pendant watch with blue enamel after fall in love with him when he saw him at the Great Exhibition in London in 1951.
The prestige and success of the firm among the great collectors were more than consolidated during the 19th and early 20th centuries, but, as happened to so many sectors, the arrival of the Great Depression brought a crisis to haute horlogerie and, therefore, to perfect Patek Philippe replica watches.
It was then that the brothers Charles Stern and Jean Stern came to the rescue – who owned a company in Switzerland that manufactured spheres and that was a supplier to Patek itself – and acquired the manufacture in 1932 (today, by the way, it still belongs to the Stern family, and maintaining its independence, something increasingly rare in the industry).
To set a new direction for the firm, the new owners realized that they needed to launch a functional wristwatch (it must be remembered that they had not yet become popular until after the First World War) that would complement the more complicated pieces and elaborated with which AAA wholesale Patek Philippe copy watches had forged its history up to that moment.
They found what they were looking for in a design by the British David Penney, a lover of the minimalist principles of the Bauhaus –form follows function–, and thus the first Swiss movements Patek Philippe Calatrava replica watches was born (the Calatrava Cross, so historically linked to Spain, was registered as a symbol of the manufacture in 1887), the Reference 96, a piece with a gold case and indices, an ivory white dial and a subdial with a seconds hand positioned at 6 o’clock.
It was pure in its lines and shapes, with a 31mm diameter and 9mm thick round case, lugs that fit perfectly on the wrist, and a clean, legible dial; a watch without frills or unnecessary details that demonstrated and continues to demonstrate that well-understood sobriety lies in elegance that never goes out of style.
Always respecting that essence, 2022 UK Patek Philippe fake watches has been introducing new versions and innovations in the Calatrava up to the present day, ensuring that the model does not lose an iota of relevance (perhaps now it has even more).
Already in 1934 it began to integrate manufacture calibers and the 1950s saw the arrival of the first automatic Calatrava. In 1973, what for many is the best-known and most desired version, the Reference 3520, with the already emblematic Clous de Paris guilloché motif on the bezel, was released.
Today you can find variants very similar to the original from 1932, such as the Patek Philippe Reference 5227J super clone watches shop site, and others with a more luxurious twist, such as the Reference 4978/400G with the dial and bezel fully set with diamonds, but they all respond to the same timeless elegance pattern.
This year, the latest addition to the Calatrava collection, Reference 5226, gives the historic best replica watches both a vintage aesthetic and a contemporary spirit. It presents a 40 mm white gold case with a polished bezel, but maintaining the Clous de Paris guilloché on the side, a new detail that gives it a special charm and for the introduction of which the lugs had to be redesigned so that they integrate directly at the bottom of the box.
The anthracite dial, textured and in black gradient, with gold applied Arabic numerals with beige luminescent coating, is especially striking. It is what most gives it that ‘vintage contemporaneity’, along with its two interchangeable straps: one in beige calfskin with a nubuck finish and the other in black calfskin with an embossed textile motif and beige stitching. Its beautiful in-house movement, Caliber 26‑330 S C, can be admired through the glass case back. This is how a classic is updated and respected.