In 2020, Patek Philippe completed the construction of its new production building in Plan-Les-Ouates, Geneva. With eyes on the future, this modern facility unites all of the brand’s workshops under one roof. The sizeable space includes 10 floors and accommodates their rare handcrafts professionals and training facilities.
This new structure reasserts Patek Philippe’s Genevan roots and its confidence in the future of watchmaking artistry that perfectly marries tradition and innovation. To celebrate this latest milestone in their long, rich history, they launched an exclusive timepiece, the commemorative Calatrava Ref. 6007.
It stands out with its case and broad cambered bezel in polished steel, a very rare material in Patek Philippe’s collections. It’s a collector’s dream, with only 1000 watches produced, each etched with a Calatrava cross and ‘New Manufacture 2019’ inscription. This represents the year the first work groups moved into the new production building.
It took around five years to complete the building work. The expansion anticipates the manufacturer's growth in the next 20 to 30 years. At the beginning of the project, Patek Philippe president, Thierry Stern, said:
“We believe this building will help for the future. With everything under one roof, it’s much easier to work and for ensuring quality. It’s a vision of production for the next generation.”
The New Era, Plan-Les-Ouates, Geneva
In 1996, Patek Philippe relocated its manufacture and headquarters to newly-built premises in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva. This marked a new era for the family-owned haute horlogerie company. In keeping with their tradition, they marked the event with two commemorative watches, the famous Ref. 5500 Pagoda and the Ref. 5029 Minute Repeater.
Soon after, a case and bracelet workshop was opened in nearby Perly, in 2003. This was followed in 2010 by a new facility in Plan-les-Ouates for the production of components used in the manufacture's movements.
From digging the foundations to completing the new production building last year, the Swiss brand’s seemingly risky move to relocate outside of Geneva looks totally justified. It’s seen as crucial in ensuring their survival during tough times in the horlogerie world. It’s also allowed them to innovate and create, enhancing their reputation as one of the world’s finest watchmakers.
This exclusive Calatrava in stainless steel features a unique design in tribute to the latest significant development in Patek Philippe's journey. It’s created with a diameter of 40 mm and has a sapphire-crystal caseback specially marked with a Calatrava cross and the inscription.
The design of the dial reflects a vibrant and dynamic face. The design includes baton hands for the hours and minutes, the integration of the self-winding caliber movement with an aperture date at 3 o’clock and applied Arabic numerals.
The expressly graphic style emphasizes the technical personality of the dial. At the same time, the gray-blue hue is accompanied by the subtle circular satin finish contrasting visibly against the white dial imprints, as well as the applied numerals and the white-lacquered hands in white gold with luminescent coating.
The calfskin strap with white decorative seams, the prong buckle, and a delicately embossed pattern reminiscent of textile fabrics are coordinated in terms of colour and structure to match the dial center.
Like so many other of the brand’s timepieces, the aesthetics and engineering are of the highest quality, made to enjoy for now, but also for the next generation. Much like the brand’s new production building, a flagship of impressive size for the creation, development, and production of Patek Philippe watches.
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