Coming Up Roses

Two of Patek Philippe’s 2023 novelties show off
delightful, inventive variations on familiar faces.

Calatrava 24H Display
Travel Time
Ref. 5224R-001

Calatrava 24H Display
Travel Time
Ref. 5224R-001

Aquanaut Luce Annual
Ref. 5261R-001

In the world of haute horlogerie, it takes a tremendous amount of ingenuity to make tried-and-tested complications seem fresh and inventive, but Patek Philippe proves once again that it has what it takes with these two novelties in gleaming rose gold cases.



The Calatrava 24H Display Travel Time Ref. 5224R-001 takes the popular function and completely reimagines it to give us the dressiest Travel Time yet. Compared to previous models that offered the dual time zone via a GMT hand, the Ref. 5224R-001 does away with the extra pushers and day/night indicators in service of a more streamlined display to match the elegance of the Calatrava case. Instead, all the hours of the day are now displayed on a 24-hour scale — with a twist. While many 24-hour watches place noon at 6 o’clock, the Ref. 5224R-001 sets it at the 12 o’clock position so that all day-time hours are at the top half of the dial, making it easier to read. Two centrally mounted hour hands — one of them open-worked — point to the local and home time. Conveniently, the times can all be adjusted via a three-position crown. The 42mm wide case provides ample room for all 44 of the applied (and lume-filled) numerals and indices, providing stunning contrast against the navy blue dial. Additional finishing on the face — which includes circular striations on the dial centre, a satin-finished hour marker ring, and a snailed small seconds sub dial — add textural finesse. Powering this traveller’s ticker is the automatic Caliber 31-260 PS FUS 24H, which runs at 4 Hz with Patek Philippe’s Spiromax balance spring and is wound via a platinum micro-rotor.

Next up we have the Aquanaut Luce Annual Calendar Ref. 5261R-001, and sports a completely novel blue-grey colourway. It is also the only Aquanaut Luce without diamonds, and the first annual calendar to join the Aquanaut line. The result is a versatile 39.9mm case in rose gold that sits between most of the men’s and ladies’ Aquanauts. The moon phase is located at 12 o’clock, and the date at 6 o’clock, while the two snailed sub dials at 3 and 9 o’clock display the day of the week and the month respectively. The self-winding Caliber 26-330 S QA LU is equipped with the brand’s Gyromax balance wheel and Silinvar (silicon) hairspring, with a 4 Hz frequency and a 45-hour power reserve. With its hybrid, genderless design, unique colour, and useful complication, the Ref. 5261R-001 will surely be coveted by both men and women alike.

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