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Definition of Calatrava


The Calatrava Cross is regarded as trademark of the watches made by Patek Philippe, each of which has it mapped to the crown. The 1932 presented model Calatrava was named after an order of knights founded by the abbot Raimondo in the city of Calatrava in 1158.

The Patek Philippe Calatrava is a line of dress watches built by the premier Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe introduced in 1932 These watches are considered the flagship model of Patek Philippe The first version of the Calatrava was launched in 1932 inspired by the Bauhaus principle The most popular model in the Calatrava range was the 3919 with the guilloché “Clous de Paris” bezel introduced in 1985. After 21 years it was replaced in March 2006 by the slightly larger 5119 model This change in size reflected a growing trend for larger watches Another famous model was the 96 whose modern incarnation is the considerably larger 5196. Some Calatravas feature a date function whereas others display only hours and minutes