Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5227 (new hinged case)

Baselworld 2013…

Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5227 Trio

Patek Philippe has also unveiled this year a new version of their iconic Calatrava Ref. 5227, but from the photo above you surely wouldn’t know it!  So what’s all the excitement about one of Patek’s most iconic models?  The new Calatrava Ref. 5227 now features a display back protected with a separate dust cover.   The special twist: The entire hinge is hidden on the inside of the cover.  Connoisseurs now have a discreet manner with which to admire the automatic mechanical Patek Caliber 324 S C.  AND, the new Calatrava case has another exclusive feature, which I’ll also show you below.

39 mm diameter x 9.24 mm case dimensions.  The diameter is +2mm larger than the prior Calatrava.  Shown here in rose gold.  White and yellow gold also available:

Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227 Rose gold front

The small lip that allows the dust cover to be opened can hardly be discerned.

Patek Calatrava 5227 Caseback Opening Flange

The hinge with which it is attached to the case remains practically invisible while the watch is on the wrist.

Patek Calatrava 5227 Hidden Caseback Hinge

And here you can see the internally or “hidden” hinge, visible only when the case is opened:

Patek Calatrava 5227 Caseback Hinge

Patek Calatrava 5227 Caseback Hinge View

Wait there’s more, and you may have already noticed it.  Viewed from the side, the case flaunts gently curved flutes sculpted from the case flank into the lugs. They add a touch of elegance to the case, emphasizing its elegant silhouette.  Each of these flutes is worked into the solid gold case and then, as all other case parts, manually polished to a mirror sheen.

Patek 5227 Fluted Case Side

Patek Calatrava 5227 Caseback

The considerable extra effort that no doubt goes into the new Calatrava Ref. 5227 looks well worth it to me!

Official details at Patek>>>

  • Sean

    Simple but classy. Thanks Kyle!!

  • BermudaTriangle

    Kyle, very nice review of the latest in the Calatrava line.

    One comment. The current range of Calatrava models goes up to 38mm, not 37. So the new 5227 case is 1mm larger than the 5296 which continues in production. The 5296 uses the same 324SC movement but has a transparent case back without the dust cover. Based on the preliminary announcement of prices the 5227 will have a suggested retail price approximately US$5,000 more than the 5296.

  • Pingback: Thierry Stern Discusses Patek Philippe 2013 Collection Highlights | Perpetuelle()