Hands-On with the Patek Philippe Ladies Calatrava Pilot Travel Time

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Article By: Logan Hannen

WATCH101 | August 22, 2019

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One of my favorite watch releases of the last several years was the original Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. White gold with a beautiful grainy blue dial, the watch felt both antithetical to everything the brand (and Calatrava specifically) represented, and simultaneously like exactly the right watch. This original watch was followed up with two new editions: both in rose gold, one in the standard 42mm case the watch had been previously produced in and in 37mm (marketed as the lady’s model).

Despite this inherently female moniker, the reference 7234R is not aesthetically different from the 42mm model in any noticeable way. The result, as such, is simply a 37mm variation of the existing “mens” watch. If you’re smaller wristed, regardless of gender, then the 7234R is undoubtedly the option for you.

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Case Diameter: 37.5mm
Case Material: 18k Rose Gold
Thickness: 10.78mm
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown Calfskin w/ matching 18k Rose Gold Clevis-Style Pin Buckle
Movement: Patek Philippe Caliber 324 S C FUS
Price: $44,790

The case of the 7234R is 37.5mm in diameter, as previously mentioned, and is just under 11mm thick, giving it arguably one of the most versatile, comfortable, and still functional wrist presences in the game. Its 18k rose gold case is highly polished, lending a slightly dressier vibe to a watch that would otherwise be considered incredibly sporty. The sunburst brown of the dial offers a nice contrast as well, especially when compared to the very matte, almost grainy texture of the white gold edition.

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The Travel Time complication is one of my favorites that Patek produces. It is perhaps one of the most useful dual-time complications produced by any brand. To use it, the two pushers on the side of the case are depressed (much like a chronograph) to advance the local hour hand (the one with lume) forward or backward. In this way, it jumps the hand to reflect the time wherever you are, while leaving the skeletonized hour hand to represent your designated home time (set using the crown).

At 6 o’clock is a date subdial, and at 8:30 and 3:30 on the dial are day-night indicators for both the local and home time which, when traveling, can be incredibly useful when it comes to keeping track of loved ones in different time zones.

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On the wrist, the watch truly takes on a life of its own. The pushers help expand the wrist impression some, and the strap definitely aids in this. Super supple calf leather, the strap features contrast stitching with an X pattern at the buckle. Speaking of the buckle, we have a Clevis-style pin buckle executed in 18k rose gold, which feels very much like a part of some kind of military instrument instead of something more traditional horological.

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Overall, despite being classed by the brand as a lady’s watch, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref. 7234R is really one of the most unisex watches in the complicated Patek lineup. Its rose gold case, rust brown leather strap, and sunburst dial truly give it the chance to ride the line between dress and sport in a way that is both incredibly versatile and uniquely Patek.