Patek Philippe Ref. 5524T, Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Titanium – Unique Piece for Children Action 2018

Patek Philippe has created a one-of-a-kind watch created explicitly for the Children Action charitable event: the first and only titanium version of the Ref. 5524 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. The auction will be organized by Christie’s within the scope of the Children Action gala 2018 scheduled to take place in Geneva on October 15, 2018.

Launched in 2015, the Ref. 5524 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time watch features a second time zone and a date display linked with local time.

Created especially for “Children Action 2018”, the exclusive Ref. 5524T-010 has a case in titanium, a very resilient and lightweight metal only rarely used for Patek Philippe timepieces. It also has a black dial with a manually executed vertical satin finish. It is worn on a vintage black calfskin strap with attractive contrast stitching. The sapphire crystal case back exposes the self-winding caliber 324 S C FUS and bears the inscription “Children Action 2018”.

Before it is auctioned off, the unique timepiece is en route with three stopovers where it can be admired by enthusiasts and collectors of rare watches: in Geneva at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues from May 11 to 13, 2018; in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 25 to 27, 2018; and in New York at the Rockefeller Center from June 8 to 13, 2018.

The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time in the current Patek Philippe collection is available in two versions: as the men’s Ref. 5524 in white gold with a blue dial or in rose gold with a brown dial, and as the ladies’ Ref. 7234 in rose gold with a brown dial.

Technical details

Model: Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524T

Movement
Caliber CH 324 S C FUS
Self-winding mechanical movement, two time zones (local time and home time), separate day/night indicators for local and home time, analog date
Diameter: 31 mm (basic movement 27 mm, calendar/time-zone module 33 mm)
Height: 4.9 mm (basic movement 3.32 mm, calendar/time-zone module 1.58 mm)
Number of parts: 294
Number of jewels: 29
Power reserve: Min. 35 hours, max. 45 hours
Winding rotor: Central rotor in 21K gold, unidirectional winding
Balance: Gyromax®
Frequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz)
Balance spring: Spiromax®
Balance spring stud: Fixed
Functions: Two-position crown:
– Pushed in: To wind the watch
– Pulled out: To set the time

Displays
Analog displays:
Local-time hour hand (upper hand) and minute hand from the center
Home-time hour hand (lower hand), sweep seconds hand
Date hand at 6 o’clock
Aperture displays:
Day/night indicator for local time at 9 o’clock (LOCAL)
Day/night indicator for home time at 3 o’clock (HOME)

Correctors
Date between 6 and 7 o’clock

Pushers
Local time forward in 1-hour steps at 8 o’clock
Local time backward in 1-hour steps at 10 o’clock
Patented quarter-turn safety interlock system for time-zone pushers, (Patent No. CH 699 785 A2)

Hallmark
Patek Philippe Seal

Case
Titanium, sapphire-crystal case back with inscription “Children Action 2018”, water resistant screw-down crown
Water resistant to 60 meters (6 bar)
Diameter: 42 mm
Length (lug to lug): 50.75 mm
Width (3 to 9 o’clock incl. crown): 48.53 mm
Height (crystal to lugs): 11.01 mm
Height (crystal to display back): 10.78 mm
Width between lugs: 21 mm

Dial
Brass, black nickel-plated, with vertical satin finish
Applied Arabic numerals, 18K white gold with Superluminova coating
Hours and minutes local time, baton-style hands in black oxidized steel with Superluminova coating
Hours home time, skeletonized baton-style hand, steel, white lacquered
Seconds hand in aluminum, black/white lacquered, with Superluminova coating
Date: Leaf-shaped hand, white lacquered

Strap
Vintage black calfskin with contrast stitching, clevis prong buckle in titanium

Price records for Patek Philippe watches at previous charitable auctions
Children Action 2005 – Ref. 4920R-011 – Auctioned for CHF 180,000 by Christie’s
Children Action 2007 – Ref. 6000T-001 – Auctioned for CHF 500,000 by Christie’s
Children Action 2009 – Ref. 5180T-010 – Auctioned for CHF 520,000 by Christie’s
Children Action 2012 – Ref. 5131J-013 – Auctioned for CHF 1,000,000 by Christie’s
Children Action 2015 – Ref. 5396T-010 – Auctioned for USD 1,000,000 by Christie’s

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