When this watch debuted at Watches & Wonders this yr, it was comparatively under-reported. The Patek Philippe Ref. 4947/1A annual calendar is, in spite of everything, not a model new watch. Alternatively, it is a new Patek Philippe complication in metal so it obtained far more consideration than any garden-variety new wristwatch. The annual calendar complication is deeply rooted throughout the universe of Patek Philippe watches — the model was as soon as distinctive in providing this complication, and pioneered it in 1996.
The place regular calendar watches require guide intervention on the finish of months with 30 days, the annual calendar solely must be adjusted annually, in February. Because of this, there are many iterations of the Patek Philippe annual calendar the place a few of that are extra well-liked than others. What’s attention-grabbing with Ref. 4947/1A may be summed up in just a few key phrases: the fabric, the case diameter, the bracelet, the dial and the worth.
In fact, all these factors come collectively below the Patek Philippe title, routinely making Ref. 4947/1A price a glance within the metallic. Though the annual calendar complication technically posits this watch inside its personal amassing space (the Patek Philippe annual calendar is that vital, though it’s not fairly a grand complication), this 2021 Calatrava looks as if the type of look ahead to individuals who need only one very particular multi-purpose watch. Ref. 4947/1A is a metal watch with a sturdy built-in bracelet. Moreover being a really wearable 38mm, the watch can also be svelte, at 11mm thick.
To be blunt, Ref. 4947/1A is an announcement look ahead to the husband and the spouse — a type of common watch of status and distinction. The integrated bracelet is a limitation, and so is the truth that the reference quantity may be acquainted to some readers from ladies’s fashions, similar to Ref. 4947R-001. Because of this we’re utilizing the extra full reference quantity all through this text.
The blue dial continues the low-key unisex aesthetic, with alternating horizontal and vertical satin ending making a linen impact; Patek Philippe likens to impact to Shantung silk, and we can not recall such a mode in use for any common manufacturing mannequin.
And that final bit brings us to essentially the most vital level about Ref. 4947/1A: the attraction. As you possibly can inform from the worth (S$63,200), that is probably one of the accessible Patek Philippe issues. It in all probability establishes a brand new commonplace for the annual calendar, and we hope it wins over some individuals hankering after sure different metal fashions from Patek Philippe. If solely Patek Philippe had endowed it with extra in the way in which of water resistance…
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