Patek Philippe extends its family of pilot watches


Inspired by the manufacture’s aviator’s watches from the 1930s, the latest addition to Patek Philippe’s family of pilot-style watches is the Ref.7234G-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time.

One of the watch’s most striking features is its blue dial, the legibility optimised with applied numerals in white gold and a skeletonised white gold hour hand for home time. The self-winding calibre 324 S C FUS, meanwhile, stands out with its easily operable Travel Time display of a second time zone. The actuation of one of the two pushers in the left-hand case flank moves the local time hour hand forward or backward in one-hour steps without affecting the precise rate of the watch. As long as the owner of the watch remains at home, both hour hands are superposed and look like one hand. In keeping with the aviation theme, the Ref. 7234G-001 is worn on a navy blue calfskin strap secured with a white-gold clevis prong buckle reminiscent of the harnesses that enabled pilots to keep their survival kits readily deployable in emergencies.

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