Patek Philippe Calatrava 5120

Par Florian Matrion, le 4 juin 2010
Calatrava 5120
Calatrava 5120
According to the adverts: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation” – but is this really true or just marketing talk ?
Exclusive! review of the Calatrava 5120. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on
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With this Calatrava 5120 around my wrist, I try to get to the bottom of it !

The 35mm diameter is out of fashion, which means nothing really – this watch isn't in fashion - the yellow gold isn't stylish either : this is an eternally classic watch industry metal.

Slimline, this is one of the thinnest self-winding watches.
The bend of the lugs is such that the silhouette is not flat at all but well presented and natural on the wrist without being too alluring.
The Calatrava cross on the crown ? Perfect !


A sober dial

A simple white enamel dial, without unnecessary literature, with black roman numerals, which go around the right way (no clumsy reversal between 4 and 8).
And the black hour, minute and...

- Wait ! they've forgotten the second hand ??

- No of course not ! We're talking about Patek Philippe :under the paint there is gold !
Counting the seconds is good for the market economy.
But here at Patek, one sits under a tree at the edge of a river and watches time pass by.


Patek Philippe Calatrava 5120 : this classical watch, subtly different and driven by an immense calibre, is a true ray of genius on a Swiss night.


A bezel which strongly distinguishes it from the other Calatravas

The Clous de Paris bezel strongly distinguishes it from the other Calatravas - not a fakir carpet as macro photos may have you believe.
On the contrary, the surface treatment allows the light to play about, contrasting with the polished surfaceof the middle and the lugs, accentuating the opening of the dial.


The movement

And behind, below the sapphire case-back, the 240 calibre, slimline (2,53 mm) motion made of a rareoff-centre micro rotor in 22-carat gold, 27 ruby, six bridge, Gyromax balance at 21600 vibrations per hour...

A genuine luxury engine which has been driving Patek's complications and perpetual dates certified by thePoinçon de Genève since 1977 : some kind of dependable, astounding and beautiful work we all take pleasure in.




This 5120 would be the quintessence of Calatrava !
More than the “entry level” Patek Philippe which might look too dull or too sober to some people...
This classical watch, subtly different and driven by an immense calibre, is a true ray of genius on a Swiss night.

Still this ray requires the ability to distinguish and appreciate it.
In the end, it is a very selfish pleasure and handing it on to future generations is not as straightforward as it may seem, as many have other things on their minds at the moment. Nevertheless, one day their turn will come...and only then can we evaluate the advertising.


The + :

  • a timeless and elegant watch
  • a great movement


The – :

  • a timepiece for connoisseurs
  • a case diameter that might not seduce everybody


Further information :

  • journalist's wrist size = 17,5 cm
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L'avis de la rédaction 79/100

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détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
Pour quelles occasions ? Quand la porter ?

Note des internautes 79/100

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