The world’s most established watch brands can credit their longevity to playing to their strengths. That usually involves expanding on collections that sell well. Patek Philippe has successfully applied this strategy to pillars like the Calatrava and Nautilus, so it was a little surprising when it released the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, its first serially produced pilot’s watch, in 2015.
When the original Ref. 5524G Calatrava Pilot was launched, it was such a hit that the brand soon followed on with a rose gold version, a time-only model and even a reference with an alarm function. At the Watch Art Grand Exhibition held in Singapore last year, it released the collection’s first steel version: the Ref. 7234A. This 37.5mm comes after the rose gold edition launched in 2018.
Now, Patek Philippe introduces the Ref. 7234G – in white gold with a navy dial. It’s a smaller version of the 41mm Ref. 5524G. Recognising the growing desire among male buyers for smaller timepieces, the brand is positioning the novelty as a happy middle for both genders. Everything else about it is familiar. The same automatic calibre 324 SC FUS provides the time, date, second time zone and day/ night indicators. What’s more, this isn’t a limited edition, making it an easy luxury sports watch to add to your collection.