Rising Star
Brian Cheong 
The new Calatrava Ref. 6006G has a slightly larger case and a couple of design tweaks

When Patek Philippe’s proprietary 240 PS movement was introduced in the ultra-thin Calatrava Ref. 5000 in 1991, it fascinated connoisseurs and casual onlookers alike with the unusual positioning of the seconds sub-dial between ‘4’ and ‘5’. A result of a design peculiarity of the automatic calibre, it has since become the most distinctive feature for a Calatrava.

Fast forward to the present, the model receives an update in the form of Ref. 6006G. The 18k white gold case is 2mm larger than its predecessors for a total of 39mm in diameter. The larger dimensions allow for a more appealing dial.

The tone-on-tone remains with the date circle on the outer circumference in ebony black with sunburst pattern while the hour circle is guilloched. For contrast, the seconds sub-dial is in silver.

These are matched with highly legible Arabic numerals with black five-minute markers. Then there are the baton-styled hands, which are broader than before but still appear lightweight. Instead of a crescent, the end of the date hand is now tipped with a red arrow for a more precise indication of the date.

Powering the watch is the 240 PS C movement, also an automatic with lavish finishing on the parts that include polished chamfers, gold-filled engravings, parallel Geneva striping and a recessed 22k gold micro-rotor engraved with the Calatrava cross.

Significantly, the new look marks a new beginning for the 6000 series launched in 2005, effectively replacing the watches in the series.

This article first appeared in Focus Malaysia Issue 277.