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After the outbreak of the worldwide Corona pandemic and the subsequent cancellation of various events, things became rather quiet even around some of the well-known Swiss luxury watch manufacturers. On 18 June, however, industry giant Patek Philippe launched a brand new model out of the blue and independently – with a surprising news background.

Patek Philippe surprisingly releases a new model

Due to the effects of Corona, the watch industry was forced to reorganise. After the cancellation of the Baselworld 2020, many watch manufacturers were facing the big question of how to present their latest models to the public. This led to the launch of a Watches & Wonders online event, which provided a platform for all manufacturers to present their new products. For those who did not want to use the Watches & Wonders website to showcase their latest collections, the only option was to follow Breitling's example and present their novelties independently. So did Patek Philippe and surprised with a well-known new model.

First novelty in 2020: A limited edition of the Calatrava

On 18 June 2020, the Swiss-based luxury watch giant introduced a new version of the Calatrava on the company's website. At first glance, the Patek Philippe Calatrava (Ref. 6007A-001) looks like a teenage version of the usually very classic and traditional three-hand watch with a date window at 3 o'clock. The dial comes in an elegant grey-blue and shows a subtle carbon pattern in the centre in a chessboard style. The Arabic indices in white gold give the Ref. 6007A-001 a refreshingly modern look, which is further underlined by the calfskin strap in the same colour with decorative white stitching and pin buckle. The case is made of polished stainless steel – not at all typical for Patek Philippe – and measures 40 mm in diameter and 9.07 mm in height. With a water resistance of 30 metres, the new Calatrava is not a diving watch and also not suitable for bathing, but everyday situations such as washing your hands or small rain showers are no problem.

Front and back of the Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A-001 limited edition with grey-blue dial and transparent sapphire crystal back
Photo: Patek Philippe

When you turn this beautiful wristwatch around, you can admire the Caliber 324 S C moving through a transparent sapphire crystal back. But there is more to see on the back of this Calatrava. The Calatrava cross, typical of Patek Philippe, is located in the centre of the case back, with the words "New Manufacture" above and the year "2019" below.

New Calatrava, new production facility

This brings us to the highlight of this presentation: With the Calatrava (Ref. 6007A-001) Patek Philippe celebrates the move to the new production facility "PP6" at Plan-les-Ouates in Geneva. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, this Calatrava is intended to honour the new premises of Patek Philippe's watchmaking and will surely become a desired centrepiece of one watch collection or another. However, a price for the 6007A-001 has not yet been announced on Patek Philippe's website.