Saturday, March 26, 2016

Patek Philippe Calatrava "Timeless White" Ref. 7122

The new Calatrava "Timeless White" Ref. 7122 is an all-white diamond-set mechanical ladies' timepiece that showcases a highly innovative design which even decades from now will retain its feminine grace. It expresses the Patek Philippe philosophy which since 1839 has focused on indicating the time not just as accurately as possible but also in a timelessly beautiful way.

White is one of the special colors that directly and universally evoke emotions and are perceived as having strong symbolic meaning. While it is interpreted in different ways in different cultures, the disparities are marginal at second sight. Thus, white always stands for purity, integrity, and tranquillity in hectic surroundings.
Patek Philippe leveraged this symbolic eloquence a number of years ago and instantly won the hearts of many women with the Twenty~4® “Timeless White.” Now, the "Timeless White" theme is being revisited in the Calatrava ladies' wristwatch family which due to its larger format offers even more space for this leitmotif. The new Patek Philippe Calatrava “Timeless White” Ref.7122 is being presented in white and rose gold. Both versions feature a bright white dial, rare white flawless diamonds, and a nacre-white alligator leather strap.
Patek Philippe's definition of "timeless" comes to the fore right away in the case with lucid and sleek contours inspired by the Ref. 96 proto-Calatrava launched in 1932. Nonetheless, it has an absolutely contemporary personality and future generations will be amazed at its persistently modern charisma. A totally new design was developed to create space for the flattering complement of diamonds and to extend the strap lugs into the circumference of the glass. Thus, the lugs now seem to flow into the case.
 Apart from added complexity in craftsmanship, this geometry calls for great expertise on the part of the artisan who polishes the surfaces, especially where they border on the tapered suites of diamonds. The diamond-set quadrants reflect the pinnacle of the jeweler's art: with flawless brilliant-cut diamonds of different sizes, the lateral strings can be set to the outermost tips, eliminating the need for gold filling grains generally used in such situations. This makes the watch all the more precious. As befits the "Timeless White" theme, all diamonds are graded rare white in the Top Wesselton category (also designated F or G on the international scale). The selection of the 44 diamonds totaling approx. 0.52 ct. is already a challenge, not to mention the work involved in setting the stones of different sizes.
The sparkling diamonds frame a white lacquered and polished dial. With its filigreed, printed minute scale, the applied gold hour markers, and the elegant leaf-shaped hands, the pure white dial is truly fascinating. Each of the gold hour markers is decorated with the hobnail pattern that connoisseurs automatically associate with Patek Philippe. This suave and discreet guilloché motif was introduced by the manufacture in the 1980s when it was chosen to adorn the bezel of a model of the Calatrava Ref. 3919. In the Calatrava “Timeless White,” the hobnail pattern transforms the delicate hour markers into little pointed crowns that grace the noble dial.
The manual winding 215 PS mechanical movement beats inside the timepiece delivers remarkable accuracy with a tolerance of -3/+2 seconds per day. This exceptional and lavishly finished mechanical movement can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back.
Its individual parts have been meticulously decorated by hand: Bridges with manually applied Geneva striping and polished chamfered edges, Brass wheels with a golden gloss and chamfered spokes, Circular-grained steel wheels for the winding train and the spring barrel and Screws with polished slots in polished countersunk bores. Deep red synthetic ruby bearing jewels deliver vibrant accents, as do Patek Philippe's proprietary Gyromax® balance with the patented Spiromax® balance spring that breathes even more precisely than conventional flat hairsprings.
The Calatrava "Timeless White" Ref. 7122 is available in 18K white gold or rose gold. It is worn on a large-scaled iridescent white alligator strap secured with a prong buckle in the same 18K gold as the case.

Technical details
Patek Philippe Ladies’ Calatrava Ref. 7122

Caliber 215 PS, manually wound
Diameter: 21.9 mm
Height: 2.55 mm
Number of parts: 130
Number of jewels: 18
Power reserve: Min. 44 hours
Balance: Gyromax®
Frequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz)
Balance spring: Spiromax®
Balance spring stud: Adjustable

2-position crown
• Pushed in: To wind the watch
• Pulled out: To set the time

Hour hand
Minute hand
Seconds hand

Patek Philippe Seal

18K rhodiumed white gold (Ref. 7122/200G)or 18K rose gold 4N (Ref. 7122/200R)
Sapphire-crystal case back
Water resistant to 30 m (3 bar)
Case dimensions: Diameter: 33 mm
Diameter (3 to 9 o'clock incl. crown): 34.88 mm
Length across lugs: 39.6 mm
Thickness (crystal to display back): 7.19 mm

White lacquered and polished
Applied hour markers with hobnail pattern in 18K gold to match the case
Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands in 18K gold to match the case
Subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock with leaf-shaped hands in 18K gold to match the case

Alligator strap with square scales, hand-stitched, nacre white, 14-mm prong buckle in 18K gold to match the case

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