Patek Philippe’s best men’s debuts at Baselworld 2017 — such as the wonderful Ref. 5320 Perpetual Calendar — had to compete for the spotlight with the sensational Haute Joaillerie Ref. 4899-900G Calatrava. I’ve seen several gem collection watches from Patek Philippe calatrava small seconds 4899 replica with remarkable carat content and perfectly implemented setting, but never have I seen something this inventive. It is spectacular with no over the top, which will be pure Patek, and a loupe will inform you that it is set with ideal, perfectly-matched diamonds: 149 perfect diamonds and 182 pink sapphires in many colors, for a total aggregate weight of 4.35 carats. The backdrop on the upper dial is organic pink mother-of-pearl, which can be uncommon. It’s also delicate, so it is a testament to the steady hands of the engraver the mother-of-pearl is adorned with feather themes. Another subtle but exquisite detail is the engraving on the 18k gold palms, also to resemble feathers.
The motion is the ultra-thin automated Caliber 240 with an integrated micro-rotor, silicon-based components along with a 70-hour electricity reserve. Patek Philippe calatrava travel time 4899 fake watches celebrates the 40th anniversary of this 240 this year. Remarkably, the motion was developed at the height of the quartz catastrophe in 1977, when men’s wristwatches were smaller than they are now. Any movement developed at that time had to be slender to compete with the much smaller proportions made possible by quartz technologies.
Creating a slim automatic was a particular challenge. The key to keeping it slim was a small off-center rotor, recessed into the plate. The micro-rotor kept the 240 to the proportions of a manual-wound movement (it’s 2.53mm thick), and now it’s a mainstay of this slim Calatrava collection. It has also served as the foundation for many high complications, such as the Celestial Ref.5102 along with the World Time Ref. 5110, as well as several calendars that are endless. The Caliber 240 can be used in three variations in new introductions this year from Patek Philippe calatrava models 4899 replica watch, for instance, high jewelry Ref. 4899-900G — for which the 240 is perfect, allowing space for your own gemsetter to work his magic.