Patek Philippe’s new Ref. 6006G Calatrava is an elegant timekeeping instrument with an analog date and a seconds subdial that pays tribute to the 40th anniversary of the caliber 240 movement in special ways.
The unorthodox position of the subsidiary seconds dial between 4 and 5 o’clock is a design peculiarity of the caliber 240 PS. When the Ref. 5000 had its world debut in 1991, this feature attracted considerable attention and established itself as part of the model’s DNA.
The new Calatrava Ref. 6006 in 18K white gold replaces the watches of the 6000 series launched in 2005.
Subtly reworked, it further enhances the elegance of it sleek geometric design vocabulary. The classic round case was enlarged from 37 mm to 39 mm, adding elegance to the watch and highlighting its intrinsically slender proportions. Thus, it offers, even more, space for the dial with Arabic numerals, a date scale on the outermost periphery, and a seconds subdial between 4 and 5 o’clock. All of these elements assure excellent legibility.
The architecture of the dial with several circles in ebony black and silvery colorations as well as alternating sunburst and guilloched finishes underscore the artistically impressive graphic look of the watch. Longitudinally pierced, white lacquered baton-style hour and minute hands hover above the dial. Even though they are clearly wider, they still have a very lightweight appearance. The date hand is tipped with a red-lacquered arrow, creating a distinctive contrast against the black dial and the white date numerals.
The ultra-thin self-winding anniversary caliber 240 PS C movement can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back that also reveals the off-center 22K gold mini rotor which is integrated into the movement. A shiny black alligator strap complements the distinctive elegance of the watch. It is secured with a fold-over clasp in 18K white gold.