Larry Pettinelli, Patek Philippe’s USA president, recently spoke with iW about new products, watch trends, traditions and designs. In the video below, he shares insights gained from his twenty-seven years experience inside this prestigious watch brand. He also spoke about new releases like the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time (Ref 5524G-001) and Celestial (Ref 6102R-001).
I’ve worked with three generations of the Stern family, and it’s really a wonderful experience because the family nature of the Stern’s is infused throughout the entire company, he notes. They care about the product hands-on at every level manufacturing as far as the commercial aspects, and servicing is extremely important because they have a dedication to maintaining these pieces for the next hundred and fifty to hundred and seventy years.
He explains that original founders, Patek & Philippe, decided to make the finest watch it possibly could.
This is the same mantra the Stern’s have maintained. They were the original dial manufacturers for Patek & Philippe and on the Board of Directors. However, they took over in about 1930, and guaranteed that they would maintain the same quality.
The Sterns always remind us that they are here to take care of it for a little while and then turn it over. Patek Philippe is an entity and they are just the caretakers, adds Pettinelli. Please enjoy the iW video below to learn more about Patek Philippe.
The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time (Ref 5524G-001) was inspired by two historic Patek Philippe pieces from 1936 that reside in the Patek Philippe museum. The much-discussed watch utilizes up to date technology while reflecting the vintage attributes of an aviator tools. The blue-varnished dial accents the blued steel hands and applied Arabic numerals, both of which feature SuperLuminova.
Fitted into the 42mm white gold case is Caliber 324 S C FUS, a mechanical self-winding movement operating a dual-time zone mechanism indicating local and home time. The wearer has the ability to adjust the local timezone using the pushers at 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock without interrupting the going train; therefore the balance wheel continues to oscillate. In addition, the pushers are equipped with a patented locking system preventing unintentional changes.
Turning the watch over reveals a closer look as the movement as well as a 21-karat gold oscillating rotor detailed with a Calatrava cross. This watch meets the stringent technical requirements of the Patek Philippe Seal, including all the fine decorative finishes. For further information check out this article.
Also new is the Celestial with date Ref 6102R-001, which resides in the Patek Philippe Grand Complications collection. The Celestial with a date and black dial (showcasing the northern hemisphere) utilizes Caliber 240 LU CL C with a 22-karat mini-rotor. The movement powers an astronomical Sky Chart and moon phases together with the hours, minutes and date by central hands.
Through the layering of four sapphire crystals, the Celestial’s dial is visually impressive as three of the layers are rotating at different speeds due to the mechanism to preform the movements of the celestial sky as seen above Geneva. With extreme accuracy this mechanism correctly displays the lunar day, sidereal day or the time difference between two consecutive passages of a fixed star. It also displays the cycle between full moons. The impressive caliber is on full display from the back of the 44mm rose gold case.