Patek Philippe – Rose Gold Calatrava ref.96, year 1940.
Tasteful restraint, finesse, sophistication, and hand craftsmanship are just a few words that can describe Patek Philippe’s iconic reference 96. Manual winding, rose gold.
Luxury Watches. Switzerland 1839
Tasteful restraint, finesse, sophistication, and hand craftsmanship are just a few words that can describe Patek Philippe’s iconic reference 96.
This reference was an immense success and remained within the Patek Philippe collection for over 40 years starting in 1932 and ending in 1973. It defined the Calatrava “style”, with its round case and elongated lugs, while also being the first model to introduce numbered references to Patek Philippe’s timepieces. Throughout its production cycle, many variations were made, with a diverse range of dials that collectors until today enjoy discovering.
|Case material||Rose gold|
|Condition||Very Good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||No original box, no original papers|
Patek Philippe has been pursuing traditional Genevan watchmaking artistry without interruption since 1839. The manufacture benefits from full creative freedom, which allows it to design, develop, and craft watches that connoisseurs consider to be the world’s finest – as pledged by its founders Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe. In addition to exceptional skills, Patek Philippe also nurtures a tradition of innovation that has meanwhile been crowned by over one hundred patents.
The Calatrava cross, is the logo of PP and expresses the noblesse that is inherent in its name. Calatrava was the name of a Spanish order of knighthood that was founded in the late 12th century. Its blazonry stands for courage, chivalry, and independence, traits inseparably associated with the knights of the era. These are also traits that Patek Philippe strives to embody.
The company has been owned by the Stern family since 1932 and today is managed by Thierry Stern (President), Philippe Stern (Honorary President), and Claude Peny (CEO). Philippe Stern shaped the history of the manufacture with ambitious real estate projects, the Patek Philippe Museum, and exceptional timekeeping instruments such as the Calibre 89. His son Thierry Stern is committed to safeguarding Patek Philippe’s technological leadership to continuously improve the quality and long-term dependability of its timepieces.