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  • Manufacturer: Patek Philippe
    Year: Circa 2017
    Reference No: 5524G
    Movement No: 7’044’548
    Case No: 6'168'723
    Model Name: Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 324 S C FUS, 29 jewels, stamped with the Patek Philippe seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Patek Philippe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin dated April 1, 2017, wooden presentation box, 18K white gold setting pin, hang tag, leather envelop with production literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patek Philippe has always had strong ties to air traveling. One can go all the way back to the 1930s with the development of the first multiple time-zone wristwatch prototype. Paying tribute to the courageous pioneers of aeronautics, Patek Philippe released the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time watch reference 5524 at Baselworld in 2015. The present timepiece recalls milestones in aviation, and demonstrates of the family-owned Geneva manufacture’s rich contribution to the conquest of the sky.

    Offering two time-zones, the present watch features two distinct hour hands, respectively skeletonized for home-time and full with luminous material for local-time. Two large time correctors can be found at the 8 and 10 o’clock positions to immediately adapt the local-time. In a single push, the beholder of this magnificent timepiece can fly "into" time when eastbound and "away" from it when westbound. A function that is especially useful when air travelling around the globe. Thanks to its two additional apertures at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions indicating local and home AM/PM, and its subsidiary dial at 6 O’clock showing the date, reading the time has never been so easy.

    Furthermore, the present lot features a large white gold case of 42mm diameter with a dark navy blue matte dial contrasting with oversized Superluminova numerals; ideal features for a tool watch to enhance its legibility, even at night. The sapphire-crystal display case back reveals beautiful details such as the chamfered bridges with Geneva striping, and the circular-grained gold rotor with an engraved Calatrava cross, contrasting with the bright shimmering red-coloured jewels.

    The modern aesthetic of the reference 5524 effortlessly resonates with today’s taste. Its steady yet elegant size follows the functionality of the timepiece and becomes the perfect companion piece for any traveller on the go.

  • Artist Biography

    Patek Philippe

    Swiss • 1839

    Since its founding in 1839, this famous Geneva-based firm has been surprising its clientele with superbly crafted timepieces fitted with watchmaking's most prestigious complications. Traditional and conservative designs are found across Patek Philippe's watches made throughout their history — the utmost in understated elegance.

    Well-known for the Graves Supercomplication — a highly complicated pocket watch that was the world’s most complicated watch for 50 years — this family-owned brand has earned a reputation of excellence around the world. Patek's complicated vintage watches hold the highest number of world records for results achieved at auction compared with any other brand. For collectors, key models include the reference 1518, the world's first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph, and its successor, the reference 2499. Other famous models include perpetual calendars such as the ref. 1526, ref. 3448 and 3450, chronographs such as the reference 130, 530 and 1463, as well as reference 1436 and 1563 split seconds chronographs. Patek is also well-known for their classically styled, time-only "Calatrava" dress watches, and the "Nautilus," an iconic luxury sports watch first introduced in 1976 as the reference 3700 that is still in production today.

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Ref. 5524G
A fine and attractive white gold pilot’s dual-time wristwatch with date, day and night indicator, certificate of origin and presentation box

Circa 2017
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for CHF50,400

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724



The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021