Patek Philippe Calatrava Replica Watches of Caliber 240

The 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut is not the only milestone that Patek Philippe is celebrating in 2017. The company’s self-winding, micro-rotor Caliber 240 turns 40 in 2017, and variations of it appear in several new models, including the skeletonized version at the heart of the Patek Philippe Calatrava “Squelette” Ref. 5180/1R-001. Here’s a closer look at the watch.
Patek Philippe first introduced a skeletonized variation of its iconic Calatrava to its regular collection in 2008. The new model, whose movement is designated Caliber 240 SQU spotlights not only the intricate art of skeletonization but also the painstaking craft of filigree engraving. Caliber 240 SQU’s plates and bridges are pierced to the maximum extent possible to allow the most ideal view of the movement’s inner workings without compromising its functionality. Aesthetic highlights include the opeworked plate directly above the mainspring barrel, which offers a tantalizing glimpse of the coiled mainspring underneath the carefully formed Calatrava cross — a symbol that has been a Cheap Patek Philippe Replica registered trademark for more than 100 years. In all, Patek Philippe says, the skeletonization of each movement requires more than a full week of work.

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After the skeletonization come further refinements on the workbench of an engraver, who devotes more than 130 hours, according to Patek, to add arabesque and volute decorations to the remaining structures of the movement. Among these flourishes are a “Patek Philippe Genève” brand signature on the barrel frame, around the decorated Calatrava cross, and a “PP” emblem, signifying the brand’s Patek Philippe Replica Watches, on the microrotor, which is made of 22k rose gold. In the final step, the movement parts are plated in rose gold and polished to achieve a visual harmony with the case and bracelet. The movement-holder ring that frames Caliber 240 SQU, made of 5N rose gold, is also openworked, pared down to the 12 spokes that serve as hour markers in lieu of a traditional dial.

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This drastically skeletonized movement’s horological performance remains sound, meeting the high standards of the Patek Philippe Replica, the brand’s in-house quality certification, with a rate accuracy of -3 to +2 seconds per day. Measuring 27.5 mm in diameter and a slender 2.53 mm in height, Caliber 240 SQU is comprised of 159 parts, including 27 jewels, and offers a 48-hour power reserve.

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This elegant yet minimalist movement finds its home in a similarly understated round case, made of 5N 18k rose gold and measuring 39 mm in diameter and 7 mm thick. Topped on the front and back sides with large-format sapphire crystals, the Cheap Replica Watches case is water-resistant to 30 meters. The time is elegantly indicated by baton hour and minute hands made of blackened 18k white gold. The bracelet, also made of 18k rose gold, is secured by a fold-over clasp.

Cheap Patek Philippe Replica Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Blue

Patek Philippe has been associated with perpetual calendar chronographs for several decades now. Not only was Patek the first to unite both complications in a wristwatch (with the ref. 1518), but the brand even added, in some references, a split-seconds function or a minute repeater to this already prestigious package. At the 2014 Baselworld watch fair, Patek introduced a new color to its “entry-level” perpetual calendar chronograph, a white gold case with a blue dial.

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It’s quite difficult to imagine, but the Patek Philippe 5270 is actually the simplest perpetual calendar chronograph of the collection; keep in mind that the two other references with these complications also feature a split-second or a minute repeater. Clearly, though, the 5270 is not a simple watch. It is the latest edition in a long lineage that began with the reference 1518, the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph, introduced in the middle of the 1940s. This extremely rare bird was produced for only 13 years, in 281 pieces, and features a movement based on a Valjoux ébauche but highly modified and adorned with the Geneva Seal. A few years later, during the early 1950s, Cheap Patek Philippe Replica launched the Reference 2499, an improved edition of the perpetual calendar chronograph. Very similar in design, the 3970 and the 5970 came after that, with minor improvements and updated shapes. But in 2011, the 5270 added something very interesting to this classical model: an in-house movement. No more Valjoux or Lemania base here, but instead pure Patek Philippe.

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Make no mistake about this Patek Philippe 5270. Even if it looks very similar to the previous reference, nothing is the same. The design, layout, movement, case, size… everything is new, but remains classical. Patek Philippe Replica Watches chose not to break the codes, but intended to improve and modernize an icon, when it introduced this reference in 2011 with a silver-white dial. Now, in 2014, Patek Philippe has come out with new dials, including the blue one we had the chance to handle for a few hours.

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A close look allows us to see the polished, beveled angles of the bridges and of the levers; the straight graining of the several elements that compose the chronograph; the polished screw heads and slots; several gold chatons; and Geneva stripes that continue from one bridge to another. The beauty of this movement also comes from its pleasantly deep layout, which permits viewing of all the gears’ and levers’ motions when activating the pushers. Some long-term Patek Philippe Replica collectors may prefer the older Lemania’s bridges, but this one is actually very nice, too. The chronograph does (of course) use a column wheel with a vertical clutch for its engagement – the column wheel is, as is usual with Patek Philippe, hidden by a protective cap (that you can see on the photo above, in the lower part of the movement). The chronograph itself is very classical, with a bi-compax architecture displaying the measured seconds with a central hand, the minutes in a subdial at 3 o’clock and the running second in a subdial at 9 o’clock. Finally, it comes with the precise Gyromax balance wheel, using a free sprung architecture.

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The movement is not the only interesting element here, and turning the watch to the dial side also shows complications. The perpetual calendar components are not visible through the sapphire caseback, as they are positioned on the top of the movement. However, the dial provides lots of information, with a clever and legible display. The day and month are indicated in two windows at 12 o’clock. The date and the moon-phase indicator are displayed in a third sub-dial at 6 o’clock. What is new compared to the previous reference is the way it indicates the leap year and the day/night function. Previously, these two were positioned inside the chronograph’s counters at 3 and 9 o’clock and used hands to point out the information. Not the most practical and legible layout, as it was easy to get confused between the different hands. In the 5270, Cheap Replica Watches Patek Philippe has chosen to use two small apertures – at 4:30 for the leap year and at 7:30 for the day/night indicator. The dial gains increased legibility and aesthetic purity from that aesthetic decision.