I mean, who’s this watch for? Is it for older people? That’s a pinhead of a target audience, hardly deserving of so much effort put into a watch, so who else? Younger folks? Don’t see rappers or even footballers rocking this. It is too thin and filigree to appear good on Instagram or in densely populated VIP locations. Well, if you are purchasing it with freshly laundered Russian natural gas cash, this sure helps produce a statement — no offense to the rest decent folks of de Waalstraat.
In all seriousness though, what about us, see fans? For all of us, this is really a museum piece — it works a lot like that aforementioned dinosaur. I think, the Patek Philippe calatrava models 5180 replica watch Calatrava 5180/1R should be on display in museums around the world, where it could be admired as a interesting thing previously, something that so loudly and basks in its irrelevance and oddity today. In a sense, it’s the king of its own kind that could, were it in its natural habitat, control respect and humility.
If you arrived here to the specs and people fawning superlatives, I won’t leave you without them. The Patek Philippe calatrava black 5180 fake Calatrava 5180/1R is just one magnificently executed dress watch — particularly in the sense that it could dress the most naked of emperors. Patek Philippe calatrava 6006g 5180 replica watches call for the 2.53mm thick 240 caliber”famous” and”ultra-thin” — we are more convinced about the latter, but not so much concerning the former. I mean, in the nerdiest of watch get-togethers, I find it challenging to envision people lining up en masse and shouting upon first sight:”Wow, that’s the caliber 240!”
The hand-engraving is top notch quality, based on everything you would expect from an 87,000 CHF watch. Lots of thickness meet constant intricacy: it’s the type of hand-made where it creates matters distinctively beautiful, and not where it’s an excuse for sub-par performance. Patek say it takes approximately 130 hours of effort to execute the engraving job — that’s over 3 months of job and although strictly speaking it is not watchmaking, the engraving represents some tangible and very real additional value.
Through time, it’s put on several millimeters of additional girth — like this Florida baddie — as the case is stretched out by the golden stick hour markers that push the periphery of the case further from the motion. This method is hidden 99% of the time, for many we typically see is a thinner sapphire window in the back which can help disguise the size gap between movement and case. Here, however, the era of this 40 year-old movement and how the case is inflated is really on show, since the 240 was originally supposed to fit in smaller chains which had been in vogue decades ago. Who knew that 39mm allowed you to wear the large watch tendency? All it requires is a 40 year old movement.
Overall, the 5180/1R is a watch I’m happy to have observed and esteem all for exactly the same reasons as I really like to have observed and admire a T-Rex (at a museum). It is a king of a long gone era, dressed in all the loud and profoundly intimidating codes that evolution taught it to place on to elicit fear and detract from its peers — but these codes are irrelevant and borderline ridiculous today. Ironically, the 5180/1R as well as the T-Rex now remain to be seen only as skeletons.