Patek Philippe is presenting a new complication in its calendar watch segment: The weekly calendar is a mechanism that in addition to the day of the week and the date also indicates the current week number. This is a very useful function in our modern, globalized world, even in the smartphone era. On the same occasion, the manufacture also launched a totally new self-winding base caliber 26-330 S C featuring several innovations and optimizations, especially as regards the winding system.
Composed of 304 parts, this caliber can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back: It is premiering in the new Ref. 5212A-001 Calatrava Weekly Calendar, the only stainless steel Calatrava in the current Patek Philippe collection. The sleek case is polished entirely by hand. Its refined design includes a bezel that slightly overlaps the two-tier strap lugs.
The silvery opaline dial stands out with its inimitable style and excellent legibility. The typography was created explicitly for this timepiece and is based on genuine script handwriting. Its unique letters and numbers evoke poetic nuances reminiscent of handwritten notes in paper diaries. The day of the week is displayed on a central circular scale with a hammer-shaped hand tipped with a red-lacquered hammer head. A further hand of the same design points at the week number and the month on the outermost periphery. The date is displayed in an aperture at 3 o’clock. Thanks to intelligent safety systems, the user can perform any necessary corrections at any time of day or night without risk to the integrity of the movement. The new Ref. 5212A-001 Calatrava Weekly Calendar is worn on a light brown calfskin strap with a stainless steel prong buckle.